The PLS6.75 laser cutter is a machine that can cut and engrave images onto a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, acrylic, glass, and others. You can use it to cut flat objects like boards, or cylindrical objects like drinking glasses using the rotary attachment.
The laser cutter is a powerful and complicated tool. If you use the cutter incorrectly, you will put yourself and those around you in danger of injury and illness. You also risk causing damage to the machine. Read the instructions carefully and ask for help if you need it.
In general you should only cut materials which are in the ULS Materials Library. Some materials catch fire and/or emit deadly toxic gases when burned. It is wise to avoid cutting those materials with the laser.
IMPORTANT: If you do not know what your material is, do not use the laser cutter on it.
The following materials are known to be unsafe for cutting.
Move the image to where you want to have it cut and engraved. For example, it should be in the top right corner of the program window if that’s where you want it cut out on the material.
Use Focus View to make sure that your piece is large enough for the cuts you’re trying to make. This will move the laser and shine a light down from the location of the laser carriage. Use this to determine whether the image is too big. Check all four corners to verify that the point of light shines on the item to be cut and not on the laser bed. If you move the crossed circle to an edge or corner of the image and the light shines on the laser bed, it means that the piece is too small for the image.
The location of the point of red light in the below picture corresponds to the location of the blue crossed circle in the above-right image.