Make Your Own, Fully Functioning Laser with Mark Osgood August 8-13, 2022
If you are interested in laser marquetry, rastering, or engraving and would like a fun project, consider attending this six day course on building your own laser. The students in this class will build a laser with a cutting area of 20″ x 12″. An aluminum t-slot frame will be constructed to house the laser components. The machine will feature a 45W laser tube, which is capable of cutting intricate marquetry, plywood designs, acrylic artistry, signage, and rastered photos among other uses. The participant will be able to choose options of a movable table (Z-axis) ranging from 2″ of movement up to 11″ depending on the needs of the student. For those students who choose the 11″ Z-table movement, a rotisserie can be added to engrave items such as mugs and glassware.
Subjects discussed in class include, sheathing for the t-slot frame, cooling of the laser tube, fume scrubbing or exhaust and software. Students should check the Tool List/Parts List, which will be emailed to you, early on in the planning process to acquire the parts needed for this class. Unfortunately, components for the 20″ laser gantry have been in short supply due to the disrupted supply chain. If that continues to be the case, it may be necessary to build a laser with a 16″ x 12″ cutting area.