Getting started in the makerspaces

A guide for learning about and getting started on projects in the libraries makerspaces.

What are milling and cutting?

Milling is the process of machining using rotary cutters to remove material by pressing a cutter into a workpiece. This can be done on several axes at several speeds to create a wide variety of shapes and designs. These tools are typically used on thicker materials like wood and composites.

Vinyl cutting is the process of using precision cutting tools in an automated machine to cut out designs either from solid vinyl, or around a printed design. Some of these tools can also be used to cut paper and other materials for a variety of purposes including paper crafts, patch making, and leatherwork.

Our equipment and tools

Milling devices


Universal Laser PLS 6.75

Found at: HSL Makerspace

  • Laser cutter
  • 32" x 18" work area
  • Can engrave monochrome images, carve lines, and cut through some materials

Dremel 4300

Found at: HSL Makerspace

  • Rotary tool
  • Handheld and portable
  • Multiple tool heads for a variety of materials


Vinyl cutters


Cricut Maker

Found at: HSL Makerspace, Walter Breakerspace

  • Uses simple software online through DesignSpace
  • Some fonts and designs are behind a paywall
  • Maximum cut size is 12 in wide x 24 in length

Roland GS-24

Found at: HSL Makerspace

  • Uses software on a computer to render designs
  • Perfect for large format cut projects
  • Maximum width is 24 in with no maximum length


Additional resources

Find ready-made files


Using the milling and cutting machines

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2023 3:04 PM