Laser Cutting & Etching

Classes and Events!

Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting

Saturday, August 14th 1pm – 4PM • $25

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create files for laser cutting. Experience with Adobe Illustrator is required. A laptop with the software will make the class better. 

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Laser Certification – Beginner Level

Saturday, August 21st 10:30AM – 1:30 PM • $55

This workshop covers the basics of laser operation for new laser users. All the basics for certification are also covered. This class is for folks new to operating a laser. It does not cover file preparation.

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Laser Office Hours

Saturday, August 28st | 12PM – 2PM • FREE

Ace Laser Certification Required. Get help and coaching on your laser projects.

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Need to cut a precise pattern, or do some fine etching? Is the lack of lasers in your life the one thing holding you back from becoming the world’s next Bond villain? Want to learn how to use a laser cutter?

AMT’s got you covered with our LO Barracuda 1300×900.

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Getting Started with Lasers

Ace offers project-based class, workshops for beginners and certification for experienced users. Take the class that fits best for you.

100w of high voltage power at your finger tips

With a generous 1300mm by 900mm bed this laser can handle most projects.

Maker working on a project at the laser cutter

Capturing that first project

New Ace member Danielle capturing her first project on the laser
Ace member showing off a finished laser engraved leather project

Lasers and leather

New Ace member Danielle with her new journal cover

A little bit of plywood

and some imagination. Plus some Oakland pride.

Boxes!

Creating custom enclosures with lasers and acrylic. And glue. Lots of glue.

Leather and lasers

These patches started as sketches and veg-tanned leather

laser cut wood surface tablet case front

Custom tablet enclosure

Red leather bracelet with etched Oakland skyline

Leather Bracelet

This etched leather bracelet was finished with brass hardware eventually.

Using Ace’s Laser Cutter

Laser certification is required. Laser Cutting 101 gets you this.

To keep our excellent safety record, as well as showing experienced laser users the ins and outs of our specific hardware setup, everyone goes through the Laser 101 course.

Is there a fee? 

Yes, based on usage: 50¢ / minute of laser-firing time, as of 12/10/2019.

Can anyone use the laser? 

No. Only laser-certified members can use the laser. To get certified take the laser 101 Class and pass the knowledge check.

How to contact us and learn more:

  • More information can be found on our wiki.
  • Our Slack channel has a section for all your laser questions and discussion.

Team Laser

The laser program is run by a small team and a rotating leadership structure. Learn more about the current team laser and the team charter here