What Got Upgraded
Our beloved Smaug (AKA the laser cutter) recently got quite the upgrade. More documentation and details will be published to the wiki but here are the highlights:
- New controller
- New HV power supply
- New LV power supply
- New drivers
- New ground connection
- Massive maintenance overhaul
- New interlock on the hood
- New seals
We also upgraded the electrical in the room to support the laser program and ease of use. (One switch to rule them all!)
What still needs to be done
There are two things we need to do before opening the laser up to member use. The first is build a new fob box to control access and collect data for billing. The second is develop education for user. We have a team of people working on the videos and materials to help users explore what is new about how the laser works. While we have a few folks working on the fob box we could use some support.
Both items are underway… join the conversation on slack.
How the new laser program will work
For both new and existing users not only is the software new but also how the fob box will work. Membership and a current certification will be required to fob in and use the laser. Additionally if you have overdue laser bills it may effect your ability to access the system.
New users will still be required to take the AMT Laser 101 class. Once you have completed this 1.5 hour class you will be provided a link for a short online test. Once you have taken the course and passed the test you will be certified to being your adventures in laser cutting.
If you have been certified to use the laser in the past your certification will still be active until October 25th. After that all old certifications will expire. To maintain your certification you should access prepared materials on what is new then take a short online test. Passing that text will renew your certification on the laser.