Laser Cutting & Etching

Classes and Events!

Customize Your Cutting Board

Saturday, May 1, 2021 11:00 AM • $25

Customize a cutting board at this hands-on laser cutting workshop! Bring your own board or choose one from our variety.

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Laser Certification for Experienced Operators – May

Mon, May 3, 2021 7:00 PM • $25

Know your way around a laser? Take this class to get certified on the Ace Makerspace 100w laser.

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Lasers from Design to Cutting – May 2021

Mon, May 17, 2021 7PM-10PM (virtual) and May 22nd 11AM-1PM • $90

Learn all the core concepts for successful Laser Cutting in this 2 part course.

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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