Make Your Own, Fully Functioning Laser with Mark Osgood (6 Days) August 8 - 13, 2022

about this workshop

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.

Unique Instructor Mark Osgood

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$330 material fee for secondary supplies payable to Mark. Information will be emailed to help determine what laser materials to purchase

Key Points:
*Construction of the laser case, less sheathing
*Assembly of laser gantry
*Mounting electronics
*Z-table assembly and Z-table Housing
*Calibration of system
*Using controller software

Workshop Days: Monday to Saturday (6 Days)
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Make Your Own, Fully Functioning Laser with Mark Osgood (6 Days) August 8 - 13, 2022


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