Laser training

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Page for getting folks up to speed on the laser.



Don't cut anything particularly flammable or noxious. Check the Laser Infobase page for this list


When using the laser, whether for engraving or cutting, stay and watch your job.

Know where the fire extinguisher is and be ready to use it.

If your job catches on fire:

  • You are more important than the laser--do not put yourself in unnecessary danger to save the laser. (Cf. Bloominglabs rules)
  • Use your judgment--flare-ups will happen, and most go out quickly (a second or so) on their own.
  • Any flame lasting longer than a second or two is a fire--put it out.

Eye safety

Do not look directly into either the cutting laser or even the visible targeting laser.

Make sure the lid is down before you even try starting your job. There is an integrated safety lock-out, but don't rely on this.

The lid should absorb most laser radiation, but if you're cutting reflective material, it wouldn't hurt to use the tinted safety glasses (should be located near the laser).

Quick Start

  • Turn on main power strip
  • Verify water pump and ventilation fan is running
  • Connect your windows-based computer

Additional lenses

Using the removable bottom

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