Laser 101: Intro to Laser Cutter Operations

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Laser 101: Intro to Laser Cutter Operations

Learn how to safely operate BARN’s laser cutter, make a small item, and start qualifying to use the cutter independently.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 11/25/2023 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Sat, 11/25/2023

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Class, No Prerequisite

Tech Lab

Laser Cutter


This workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.

Learn how to prep a design for cutting and engraving as well as the set-up, settings, and operation of the laser cutter.


  • Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed (Inkscape is a free design software we use with the laser cutter). There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
  • If you don't have a laptop you can bring to class, email as BARN may be able to provide an alternative.
  • Class is limited to four students.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome. 

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Nathan Abell

Nathan Abell teaches our laser-cutter class and enjoys advanced 3D printing, soldering, circuit design, electronic test equipment, and making lockpicks.

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