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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!

When adjusting the laser height, please DO NOT move the laser bed fast or move it too low!

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:

  • For the Plugin you have to copy all files from this folder: https://github.com/t-oster/VisiCut/tree/master/tools/inkscape_extension to your Inkscape Extensions folder:
    • On MacOS and Linux: “~/.config/inkscape/extensions/”
    • On Windows: “C:\Program Files\Inkscape\extensions”


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.

Materialtabelle

It is not possible to cut metal with this lasercutter!
Ceyda: bitte alle Materialien in VisiCut eingeben!

MaterialRaster PowerRaster SpeedVector Cutting PowerVector Cutting SpeedVector Cutting Frequency(Hz)Vector Marking PowerVector Marking SpeedVector Marking Frequency(Hz)
Acrylglas 1,6mm ?? ?? 88 95 5000      
Acrylic-Plastik (Corona Kopfhoerer,Plastik_Huelle) ?? ?? 70 50 5000      
Alu Profil (eloxiert) 50 50 NA NA NA      
Bleistift 70 100 - - 2500      
Birkensperrholz(Multiplex) 4mm (toom) lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 100 20 500      
Birkenholz 2mm 100 100 100 45 500 40 100 500
Bristolkarton 0,6mm ?? ?? 18 100 2500 8 100  
Braunpappe 1mm ?? ?? 55 100 2500 8 100  
Buche 0,8mm ?? ?? 70 100 2500      
Dicke Wellpappe 50 100 70 100 5000      
Expo Giveaway Pappe 12 100 12 100 500      
elring AbilN(Pappeart) ?? ?? 50 100 5000      
Filz(Girlsday_Blume) - - 40 100 5000      
Finnpappe 1mm (weiss_kaschiert) ?? ?? 35 100 2500 8 100  
Finnpappe 1mm (nicht kaschiert) ?? ?? 30 100 2500 11 100  
Finnpappe 1,5mm (weiss_kaschiert) ?? ?? 50 100 2500 10 100  
Finnpappe 2mm (weiss_kaschiert) 25 100 60 100 2500 12 100  
Finnpappe 2mm (nicht kaschiert) ?? ?? 50 100 2500      
Finnpappe 3mm (weiss_kaschiert) ?? ?? 70 100 2500 10 100  
Finnpappe 4mm (weiss_kaschiert) ?? ?? 80 100 5000      
Finnpappe 3mm (doppelseitig weiss_kaschiert) ?? ?? 100 100 5000      
Finnpappe 3mm (hellbeige) 50 100 100 70 Auto      
Folie(Plexiglass) 0,4mm 20 100 15 100 5000      
Folie 1mm ?? ?? 37 100 5000      
Folie Pentaprop 0,25mm ?? ?? 17 100 2500      
Folie Pentaprop 0,3mm ?? ?? 20 100 2500      
Folie Pentaprop 0,4mm ?? ?? 25 100 2500      
Folie Pentaprop 0,5mm ?? ?? 28 100 2500      
Folie(Bildschirm,3M ARMR 200) 0,17mm ?? ?? 13 100 2500      
Fotokarton 0,4mm(160gr) ?? ?? 25 100 500      
Furnier Kirschbaum 0,6mm ?? ?? 50 100 5000      
Flexfolie (T-Shirt druck) ?? ?? 5 30 5000      
Flockfolie (T-Shirt druck) ?? ?? 5 50 5000      
Graupappe 3mm lasern wir nicht mehr 30 50 100 60 2500      
Graupappe 2,5mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 100 70 2500      
Graupappe 2mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 90 85 2500      
Graupappe 1,5mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 60 100 2500 11 100  
Graupappe 1mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 45 100 2500 9 100  
Graupappe 0,5mm lasern wir nicht mehr 20 100 25 100 2500 3-5 100  
Grafikkarton 1mm ?? ?? 50 100 500 5 100  
Gummi,schwarz 2mm! ?? ?? 20 100 2500      
Holzklötze Friedenstisch 20 100 80 25-30 500      
Karton ?? ?? 35 100 500      
Karton(300gr,schwarz,dick) ?? ?? 40 100 500 2 100  
Kapton(Makerbot) ?? ?? 300 100 5000      
Kiefer 4mm ?? ?? 100 50 500      
Kokosschale 3-4mm 50 100 100*3 100*3 500 25 100  
Kunstleder (Sarahs Kalender) 30 100 ?? ?? ??      
Klebefolie,schwarz (auf 3D-Drucker) ?? ?? 30 100 300      
Kopierfolie(Soennecken) 0,1mm ?? ?? 8 100 5000      
Kraftplex FO 0.8mm - - 50 100 500 15 100 5000
Kraftplex FO 1.5mm - - 100 100 500 15 100 5000
Kraftplex FO 3.0mm - - 100 50 500 1 100 5000
Kraftplex ST 3.0mm - - 100 40 500 20 100 5000
Laseracryl (0.8mm) LZ-901-008 26 100 50 100 5000      
Laseracryl (3mm) zweifarbig (Nametags) 26 100 50 100 5000      
Laseracryl (1.5 mm) zweifarbig (HCIC-Parkschilder) 80 100 100 100 500-1000      
Laseracryl (>3mm) 2*50 100 100 50 5000      
Laser acrylic (5mm) 2*50 100 100 20 5000      
Latex (0.35mm) - - 2 13 30      
Latex (0.06mm) - - 2 25 30      
Leder 40-30 100 27 100 2500      
Leder 2mm 60 100 55 100 2500      
Linde(Holzart) 6mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 100 32 5000      
Linde(Holzart) 3mm ?? ?? 100 53 5000      
Linde(Holzart) 1mm ?? ?? 50 100 5000      
MDF 6,3mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 100 21 2058      
MDF 5mm 100 60 100 31 500 15 100 5000
MDF 4mm ?? ?? 100 45 2500 15 100 5000
MDF 3mm ?? ?? 100 60-70 2500 15 100 5000
MDF 2mm ?? ?? 80 100 2500 100 15 5000
MDF 1mm ?? ?? 90 100 2500 10 100 5000
Multiplex 3,5mm 50100 100 100 30 500      
Moosgummi PU (Polyuretan) 2mm ?? ?? 5 30 5000      
Moosgummi,braun 3mm ?? ?? 20*2 100*2 2500 6 100  
Nessel(aus Baumwolle) ?? ?? 25 100 2500 7 100  
Organza(Stoff) - - 10 100 5000      
Papier 4-5 100 10 100 500-1000      
Papier(120gr) 30 100 5-7 100 500 2 100  
Papier (300gr) 30 100 12 100 500 3 100  
Papier 0,2mm(150gr Khadi Handmade Paper) ?? ?? 12 100 500      
Pappel(Sperrholz) 3mm ?? ?? 90 100 500      
Pappel(Sperrholz) 4mm ?? ?? 100 90 500      
Pappel(Sperrholz) 5mm ?? ?? 100 80 500      
Pappel 6mm 70 100 100 30 5000      
Plexiglas 0,5mm ?? ?? 19 100 5000 9 100  
Plexiglas 0,75mm ?? ?? 50 100 5000 7 100  
Plexiglas 1mm ?? ?? 70 100 5000 10 100  
Plexiglas 1,5mm 30 100 80 100 5000      
Plexiglas 2mm 70 100 100 40 5000 13 100  
Plexiglas 3mm 70 100 70 30 5000 70 30  
Plexiglas 4mm 35 100 100 30 5000      
Plexiglas 5mm 100 40 95 22 5000      
Plexiglas 6mm lasern wir nicht mehr 100 40 100 15 5000      
Plexiglas 10mm lasern wir nicht mehr 100 55 100 10 5000      
Rubber ?? ?? 10 15 100      
Polycarbonat (2mm)staerke Schmelz-Rußspuren - - 100 50 1500      
Polyoxymethylen (POM,3mm) - - 100 40 4000      
PP(Kunststoff)Dvd_Huelle 0,9mm ?? ?? 45 60 5000      
PP Folie 0,5mm ?? ?? 10 30 500      
PP Folie Priplak 0,5mm ?? ?? 25 100 2500 ?? ??  
PS Polystyrol (Mon Cherie, Rocher, etc.) 1mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 45 100 500      
Polystyrol (PS Weiss) 1mm lasern wir nicht mehr ?? ?? 65 100 5000      
Schellackplatte 50 100 - - 606 30 100  
Silikon rot 2mm 100 40 40 13 30      
Silikon rot 1mm ?? ?? 50 100 500      
Silikon rot 1,2mm ?? ?? 70 80 500      
Vivak 1mm ?? ?? 39 100 5000      
Vivak(Polyster) 0,8mm ?? ?? 20 100 5000      
Vivak 0,5mm ?? ?? 23 100 5000 7 100  
Textil Curv,Textil Membran 5 100 10 100 5000      
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.

Large Lasercutter Epilog Laser Fusion 40 M2

At the moment there is also a large lasercutter with a work area of 100x70cm. The laser is a CO2 system with 60 Watts. The access to the larger lasercutter by epilog is currently restricted.

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