This site has been developed to teach you everything you need to know to start cutting your first project. To get started simply click on the "Step 1: Introduction" button above and work your way through each of the pages. However, if you are someone who likes to plan ahead, below you will find an outline of each of the steps along with a description of that page. Even if you are familiar with laser cutting, please do not skip steps, as each machine operates a little bit differently and ours is no exception.
This page will introduce you to the basics of laser cutting and familiarize you with some of the terminology that you will need to know along the way.
This page will introduce you to our specific laser cutter and teach you about the various parts of the machine that you will be using.
Although our machine can recognize files from various programs, the primary design software we will be using is Adobe Illustrator. This page will introduce you to the basics of using Illustrator to create documents that our machine can recognize.
Retina Engrave 3D is the print driver that our laser cutter uses to process files for cutting. This page will walk you through the steps of importing your files and preparing them for cutting.