This sounds really appealing! I personally am not sure if my schedule will
allow me to attend, but I'd like to stop by possibly this Monday or the
Does the laser cutter have a fume extractor? If not, can we install one?
*Andrew R Gross, (he/him)*
On Sat, Jan 29, 2022 at 10:34 AM Lilu via sudo-discuss <
I am happy to announce that I finally came full circle with my laser
skills to be able to offer mentorship to Sudo Roomers.
I have been for several months taking my lasering from user on one machine
to understanding multiple and some over-all skills, drilling down to what
we have in our blessed upgraded "Chinese Red and Black" (!)(no really that
is the open shared handle/keywords).
We have access to an amazing machine that just so happens to be one of the
more common and reliable "off brand" (ie knock off of possibly
machines), so sorta kinda open source (limited documentation). It has been
upgraded I think to 100wso is actually more powerful that it was
originally. It currently works fairly well.
After many hours and tears I discovered and rectified the Red and Black's
cracked lense and mirror alignment issues that contributed to its past lack
of power. (Always a work in progress)
I have been working with machine for about 2 months now wanting to share
its baddass-ness, but needing to maintain and learn about the Queen.
I had been having trouble engraving to make it look better than a blasted
out version or any pic. I am not able to generate a photographic quality
engraving, but I am now finally able to make a metaphor of the original and
also success with cutting 1/8 birchwood, 1/4 in MDF, acrylic, and 1/4 in
plywood with many passes, I am now ready to share my findings with the
community and give various versions of a "laser training" to Sudo.
For this training we will only be cutting 1/8 Birchwood or 1/4 MDF. In
the future we can work with Acrylic or late if everyone else has gone home
We will focus on introduction to laser cutting safety, generating viable
files, and specs to work with various materials.
I have worked for months and months now to get to this point so please
understand coming into this how valuable this moment is to have access to
such a powerful machine. Please try to come to at least 3 of these
mentorships and expect to watch some videos and/or read some material
before being confident lasering. There are so many ways to not do the
appropriate thing for the cutter. It is important to know exactly why you
are choosing what settings you do. It is imortant to maintain high
awareness as you proceed from design to cutting. A wrong move could scorch
the mirrors, the lense, ruin your art, or start a small fire (which could
ruin the machine). Improper use can also cause undo air quality issues
that also could be avoided (no vinyl ever!!!)
It is with all these things in mind and great respect for the tool and the
community that training and constant awareness is needed by community
members with every cut.
I am now able to teach a comprehensive beginner level training. I will do
it in "Mentor style" at first, taking in the skill levels of whoever shows
up, possibly culminating in a joint class with a professional.
Keep in mind even "simple cuts" can take much editing to be ready, and can
take much time to cut. I can only teach from practical short example files
to start, and report back from longer more ornate projects that I have
With this in mind, if you expect to cut something on a non-acrylic focused
Laser Lunes, please bring your own 1/8 in Birchwood slab from Blick for
~$6.00 for a 12/24 in sheet or 1/4 in MDF from McFee's lumber. I must
prioritize these materials for the first few classes, as other materials
take 2-5x more cut passes and may stink quite a bit more.
I will select simple SVG files from the community to cut in the
mentorship, and can advise on improving your vector files (Inskape!)
I will continue to hold Laser Lunes mentorship Mondays, 6pm -10/late, and
will also have an acrylic night soon. Please consider donating to Sudo
Room on behalf of this class: https://sudoroom.org/donate/
(Also one could bring some extra 1/8 Birchwood from Blick to share with
future Laser Lunes Mentorship Mondays/the Room.)
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