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Lasercutter: Epilog Zing 6030

If you already have an appointment in the fab lab

If you registered for an appointment online, please bring at least two things to the fab lab:
  • bring your own material (max. 600mmx300mm) - you find a list of supported materials on the bottom of this page
  • bring your data in the VisiCut PLF format
It is also a good idea to bring a laptop and your original files.

Lasercutter Basics

If you operate the laser cutter for the first time, make sure that you read this basic tutorial.

What can I cut with the lasercutter?

The max material size is 600mm x 300mm. It is a 30W laser, so you will not cut materials thicker than 5mm. Have a look at the table below to find out which materials can be used with the lasercutter.

We do NOT cut: Graupappe, PVC (e.g. FOREX,...), Vinyl, Neoprene, Polystyrol (e.g. DEPRON, OWOCOR, ...)

For detailed information, see table below!

Using the laser cutter directly from Inkscape on Mac OS

  1. Open Inkscape on the FabLab Mac (you need to be logged in as Fablab Master (at the moment))
  2. Import, Create or Open your file in Inkscape
  3. Select everything you want to cut (shift for multiple selections) or select nothing to laser cut everything
  4. Extensions->Lasercut Path->Open with VisiCut That's it.

If you want to use this Inkscape Extension at home, follow these steps:

If you want to cut and engrave using different layers, have a look at this Inkscape tutorial that we created:

Are you new to Inkscape? Here are some good books and tutorials:

Using the lasercutter (Inkscape/Illustrator and VisiCut on Mac OSX, Linux or Windows)

  1. Create your file in your favorite vector graphics editor
  2. Export/Save your file as SVG (Tipps)
  3. Open your file in VisiCut (on the FabLab computer, or on your own, connected to the i10 network)
  4. Select the material you want to use. If your material is not listed yet, just pick one and select "Edit settings before executing" to manually select power, speed and frequency for every part. If your settings work well, consider creating a new material profile, to make the settings available for everyone.
  5. Select the mapping you want to use (e.g. Everything=>CutLine if you only want to cut or Everything=>Engrave Drawing/Photo if you want to engrave. You can also create custom mappings e.g. to cut every red line and engrave every text)
  6. Place and resize your job (optional). If you are on the FabLab computer, you can use the camera to directly place your job on your target material visually.
  7. Send your job to the lasercutter by pressing the execute button

If you want to cut and engrave using different layers, have a look at this Illustrator tutorial that we created:

Air System

You need to switch on the air system before laser cutting!
The air system is connected to the fire safety system of the building. If the outlet is closed, you can't use the laser cutter! Read more about it on our internal page.


It is not possible to cut metal with this lasercutter!

Ceyda: bitte alle Materialien in VisiCut eingeben!

MaterialRaster SpeedRaster PowerVector Cutting SpeedVector Cutting PowerVector Cutting Frequency(Hz)Vector Marking SpeedVector Marking PowerVector Marking Frequency(Hz)
Acrylglas 1,6mm????95885000
Acrylic-Plastik (Corona Kopfhoerer,Plastik_Huelle)????50705000
Alu Profil (eloxiert)5050NANANA
Birkensperrholz(Multiplex) 4mm (toom)????20100500
Birkenholz 2mm 1001004510050010040500
Bristolkarton 0,6mm????1001825001008
Braunpappe 1mm????1005525001008
Buche 0,8mm????100702500
Dicke Wellpappe10050100705000
Expo Giveaway Pappe1001210012500
elring AbilN(Pappeart)????100505000
Finnpappe 1mm (weiss_kaschiert)????1003525001008
Finnpappe 1mm (nicht kaschiert)????10030250010011
Finnpappe 1,5mm (weiss_kaschiert)????10050250010010
Finnpappe 2mm (weiss_kaschiert)1002510060250010012
Finnpappe 2mm (nicht kaschiert)????100502500
Finnpappe 3mm (weiss_kaschiert)????100702500100 10
Finnpappe 4mm (weiss_kaschiert)????100805000
Finnpappe 3mm (doppelseitig weiss_kaschiert)????1001005000
Finnpappe 3mm (hellbeige)1005070100Auto
Folie(Plexiglass) 0,4mm10020100155000
Folie 1mm????100375000
Folie Pentaprop 0,25mm????100172500
Folie Pentaprop 0,3mm????100202500
Folie Pentaprop 0,4mm????100252500
Folie Pentaprop 0,5mm????100282500
Folie(Bildschirm,3M ARMR 200) 0,17mm????100132500
Fotokarton 0,4mm(160gr)????10025500
Furnier Kirschbaum 0,6mm????100505000
Flexfolie (T-Shirt druck)????3055000
Flockfolie (T-Shirt druck)????5055000
Graupappe 3mm lasern wir nicht mehr5030601002500
Graupappe 2,5mm lasern wir nicht mehr????701002500
Graupappe 2mm lasern wir nicht mehr????85902500
Graupappe 1,5mm lasern wir nicht mehr????10060250010011
Graupappe 1mm lasern wir nicht mehr????1004525001009
Graupappe 0,5mm lasern wir nicht mehr100201002525001003-5
Grafikkarton 1mm????100505001005
Gummi,schwarz 2mm!????100202500
Holzklötze Friedenstisch1002025-3080500
Karton(300gr,schwarz,dick)????10040500100 2
Kiefer 4mm????50100500
Kokosschale 3-4mm10050100*3100*350010025
Kunstleder (Sarahs Kalender)10030??????
Klebefolie,schwarz (auf 3D-Drucker)????10030300
Kopierfolie(Soennecken) 0,1mm ????10085000
Kraftplex FO 0.8mm - - 10050500100155000
Kraftplex FO 1.5mm - - 100100500100155000
Kraftplex FO 3.0mm - - 50100500100155000
Kraftplex ST 3.0mm - - 40100500100205000
Laseracryl (0.8mm) LZ-901-00810026100505000
Laseracryl (Nametags)10026100505000
Laseracryl (>3mm)1002*50501005000
Laser acrylic (5mm)1002*50201005000
Latex (0.35mm) - - 13 2 30
Latex (0.06mm) - - 25 2 30
Leder 2mm10060100552500
Linde(Holzart) 6mm????321005000
Linde(Holzart) 3mm????531005000
Linde(Holzart) 1mm????100505000
MDF 6,3mm lasern wir nicht mehr????211002058
MDF 5mm6010031100500100155000
MDF 4mm????451002500100155000
MDF 3mm????60-701002500100 155000
MDF 2mm????801002500100155000
MDF 1mm????100902500100105000
Multiplex 3,5mm1005030100500
Moosgummi PU (Polyuretan) 2mm ????3055000
Moosgummi,braun 3mm ????100*220*22500100 6
Nessel(aus Baumwolle)????100252500100 7
Papier(120gr)100301005-7500100 2
Papier (300gr)1003010012500100 3
Papier 0,2mm(150gr Khadi Handmade Paper)????10012500
Pappel(Sperrholz) 3mm????10090500
Pappel(Sperrholz) 4mm????90100500
Pappel(Sperrholz) 5mm????80100500
Pappel 6mm10070301005000
Plexiglas 0,5mm????100195000100 9
Plexiglas 0,75mm????100505000100 7
Plexiglas 1mm????100705000100 10
Plexiglas 1,5mm10030100805000
Plexiglas 2mm1007040100500010013
Plexiglas 3mm10070307050003070
Plexiglas 4mm10035301005000
Plexiglas 5mm4010022955000
Plexiglas 6mm lasern wir nicht mehr40100151005000
Plexiglas 10mm lasern wir nicht mehr55100101005000
Rubber ???? 15 10 100
Polycarbonat (2mm)staerke Schmelz-Rußspuren--501001500
Polyoxymethylen (POM,3mm)--401004000
PP(Kunststoff)Dvd_Huelle 0,9mm????60455000
PP Folie 0,5mm????3010500
PP Folie Priplak 0,5mm ????100252500?? ??
PS Polystyrol (Mon Cherie, Rocher, etc.) 1mm lasern wir nicht mehr????10045500
Polystyrol (PS Weiss) 1mm lasern wir nicht mehr????100655000
Schellackplatte 10050--606100 30
Silikon rot 2mm40100134030
Silikon rot 1mm????10050500
Silikon rot 1,2mm????8070500
Vivak 1mm????100395000
Vivak(Polyster) 0,8mm????100205000
Vivak 0,5mm????1002350001007
Textil Curv,Textil Membran1005100105000
PVC (e.g. FOREX,...), Vinyl, Neoprene, Polystyrol (e.g. OWOCOR, ...)Do not cut with the lasercutter! These create toxic hydrogen chloride / vinyl chloride fumes, and void the lasercutter's warranty. (Neoprene Material Safety Data Sheet).

Hydrogen chloride and vinyl chloride are hazardous to the life of your laser system (and to your life!).

Unsure if your material contains PVC? Do the copper wire test!

Creating Surface Mount Soldering Stencils on the Laser Cutter

This external page explains how to create SM stencils with the lasercutter

Corel Draw

In the past, we used CorelDraw (Windows), but now we switched to VisiCut and Inkscape (or Illustrator). Please bring VisiCut PLF files to the FabLab. This saves time and you don't spend your time in the lab fixing format conversion problems.
For historical reasons, you can learn how we used CorelDraw in the past.
There is also a tutorial that explains how to create stamps with CorelDraw.

Created by bohne. Last Modification: Wednesday 20 of July, 2016 20:19:12 by avci.

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