Maker Space

Laser 101

Ever wonder how the Makers on Etsy get perfectly engraved projects every time?  Their secret is a hobby laser, a fairly expensive piece of equipment not available to the average person.

Here’s what those Makers don’t want you know:  the actual engraving time is pretty quick and is also pretty easy to set up.  All you need is a bit of imagination, creativity and of course, access to a laser engraver.  Want to know a secret?  The Maker Space at your very own Carnegie-Stout Public Library has a laser engraver available to use and create for just pennies compared to the pricey products available online or in stores.

Say hello to the Muse hobby laser from the company Full Spectrum Laser.  The Muse uses a 45 watt laser tube, software that connects to any computer or mobile device via an IP address and allows you to use almost any image type to create amazing projects.  Image files include jpeg, png, pdf or any svg file.

Cut or engrave on wood, metal, glass and even leather to engrave custom cutting boards, glassware, ornaments and more. Bring in your own materials or purchase a 12” x 20” sheet of Baltic birch plywood for $3.00 from the Maker Space.  Just be aware that our hobby laser cannot cut or engrave on acrylic, fiberglass or PVC.  For a full listing of what the laser can and cannot engrave, please call or visit the Maker Space.

The cost to use the Muse hobby laser is 10¢ per minute.  If your project takes 20 minutes to complete, that totals just $2.00, making it affordable to everyone.  We believe that a Library is more than just having books and movies available to all, but technology as well.

Visit the Maker Space today, become a Certified Maker begin your journey into the art of laser cutting and engraving.  The Master Makers will teach you everything you need to know and remember…the only limit is your imagination!

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