Laser Cutting at The Advanced Output Center The laser cutters at the AOC are available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff at SAIC. All users must attend an authorization prior to using.

Laser cutting FAQ's

Laser cutting guides and templates

Universal X-660 & X2-660 Laser Cutters
Location AOC, 1232 Sullivan
Access Self-serve, open to currently enrolled students, active faculty and staff;
Users must be authorized prior to use;
See Access section for details.
Laser Specs 120 Watt C02 laser (X2-660)
60 Watt C02 laser (X-660)
Max Sheet Size 18"x32." Max depth ranges from 1/4" to 3/8" depending on laser power and material.
File Types Illustrator (.ai) vector files, AutoCAD (.dwg)
Material Non-reflective, non-toxic flat sheet material. See Approved Materials List for details.
Applicable Fines $50 minimum fine for irresponsible cutting, damage, etc. See Fines section for details.
Pricing & Fees Walk-in cutting: $0.15/minute from check-in to check-out.
Reserved cutting: $5/45-minute slot.
See Access section for details.

Approved Laser Cutter Materials

All materials used on the laser cutter must be approved by the Museum Safety department prior to cutting. Some materials can be extremely toxic and/or damaging to the machine. Reflective materials should never be cut, as they can cause the laser beam to reflect and bounce out of the enclosure.  Please do not attempt to cut any unapproved materials. If you have questions about a new or unapproved material, please ask!

APPROVED MATERIALS

Material Raster Engrave Vector Engrave Vector Cut
Corrugated Cardboard OK OK OK
Uncoated Paper OK OK OK
Chipboard/Matboard OK OK OK
Resale Acrylic (Extruded) OK OK OK
Plywood
(1/4" Ply is not recommended due to warping)
OK OK OK
Balsa Wood/Basswood OK OK OK
Hardwoods (Domestic Only) OK OK OK
Maplex OK OK OK
1/4" Foamcore OK OK OK
Medex OK OK OK
Masonite OK OK OK
APPROVED SPECIALTY MATERIALS
THESE MATERIALS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SALES INVOICE DOCUMENTING THE TYPE & ORIGIN OF THE MATERIAL
Material Raster Engrave Vector Engrave Vector Cut
Mirrored Acrylic OK
W/ MASKING & REFLECTIVE SIDE DOWN
OK
W/ MASKING & REFLECTIVE SIDE DOWN
OK
W/ MASKING & REFLECTIVE SIDE DOWN
Dichroic Glass OK
W/ MASKING
OK
W/ MASKING
OK
W/ MASKING
Non-Resale Acrylic (Cast/Extruded) OK OK OK
Teslin NOT OK OK OK
Grade F-10 Felt 1/8" OK OK OK
Linoleum OK OK OK
3form Chroma OK OK OK
Drop Paper/Drop Jet 80 OK OK OK
Unglazed Porcelain Tile OK OK N/A
Rowmark Lasermark OK OK OK
100% Cotton, 100% silk, and 100% wool felt fabrics OK OK N/A
Brain tanned or vegetable tanned leather OK OK OK
UNSAFE MATERIALS
NEVER TRY TO LASER CUT THESE MATERIALS
PVC PETG Casting Wax
Bending Plywood Tropical Hardwoods Corian
ABS Nylon RC Photo Paper
Vinyl Delrin 1/2" Foamcore

Questions? Email advancedoutput@saic.edu

AOC Laser Cutter Access Policy

Authorizations

Reservations

Walk-ins

Reservations vs. Walk-ins

  Reservation

Walk-In

Expense Less ($5/45 minutes = ~$0.11/minute) More ($0.15/minute = $6.75/45 minutes)
Lead Time 3 hrs None
Per-Week Limit 3 hrs None
Advantages Better for cutting jobs that will take longer than 30 minutes. Flat non-refundable fee paid in advance assures you a reserved timeslot. Better for short, simple cuts.

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