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Want to learn about how to get the most out of your laser cutter? Come to our the Laser for Makers workshop. Hosted by the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace and the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU), this first-of-its-kind event will bring together laser experts and users to explore how the desktop/compact CO2 laser cutters are being put to best use in small businesses, prototyping workshops, schools and hackspaces.
Laser cutting using compact and affordable CO2 lasers of the plotter style is perhaps the biggest single application area and represents the biggest share of the market by number of units. This workshop will provide useful knowledge about the technology, software, materials and applications available to sole traders, small businesses, hobbyists, teachers and students.
The modern compact laser cutter is a very low cost machine. At this workshop, we aim to help users get the most from these machines - using them more safely and achieving a better quality result. For many people this type of laser will be the first one they will come across (in school, college or university) and the use of laser cutting and engraving allows a whole range of unique and innovative designs to be realised.
3.00 - 4.00 pm Registration & tea/coffee
4.00 - 4.20 pm Welcome to event and introduction
4.20 - 4.40 pm Introduction to lasers – what can they do? : overview of laser processing applications (welding, cutting, marking, 3d printing, cleaning)
4.40 - 5.00 pm Let’s talk about laser cutting: how lasers cut, wavelength of light vs. materials
5.00 - 5.20 pm Keeping lasers safe: eye & skin safety, cutting fumes, fire hazards
5.20 - 5.40 pm Case studies of successful businesses (perhaps 10 minute intro to 2 different businesses)
5.40 - 6.00 pm Getting the most out of your laser cutter: software, tips and techniques
6.00 - 6.30 pm Q & A Forum (ask the experts) panel including the event speakers
6.30 - 8.00 pm Canapes & Drinks - Networking with suppliers/exhibitors
8.00 - 9.00 pm Exhibitors clear away – people can stay to chat
9.00 pm Close
Imperial College Advanced Hackspace
68 Wood Lane
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