Using the laser cutter

So, you want to make cool things with computers and glue… You’re in the right place! We will start things off with some quick introductions and a tour of the space. Then we will talk a bit about design, software and begin cutting things out using lasers. We will also visit the wood shop downstairs to learn how to use the table saw, miter saw and band saw.


Lab / Homework

  • If you aren’t already familiar with using Adobe Illustrator, please spend a few hours working through the Illustrator CC Essential Training tutorials on Linda.
  • Design a simple keychain using Adobe Illustrator. You will be engrave and cut your designs tomorrow during class on the laser cutter.

Using the X-Carve CNC machine

A CNC machine carves objects out of wood, foam and plastic using various types of router bits. We will be learning how to use the Inventables X-Carve machine that we won during the 50 States Contest. The X-Carve can create things like guitars, skateboards, signs and furniture. We will also learn about different types of wood and router bits.



  • Start designing your “clock”