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== Laser Cutter Safety ==
 
== Laser Cutter Safety ==
 
Laser cutters can be extremely dangerous if not used correctly. Never operate the laser cutters at PaxSpace without the required training.  
 
Laser cutters can be extremely dangerous if not used correctly. Never operate the laser cutters at PaxSpace without the required training.  
In order to mitigate risk of injury to people or damage to the machine, the following shall be followed.
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In order to mitigate risk of injury to people or damage to the machine, the following '''shall''' be followed. Failure to do so will permanently ban you from using the laser cutter.
* '''DO NOT LEAVE THE MACHINE UNATTENDED WHILE THE LASER IS ON.'''
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# '''DO NOT LEAVE THE MACHINE UNATTENDED WHILE CUTTING/ENGRAVING!'''
** Again, do not leave the machine unattended while the laser is on. Please properly shut down the machine completely before stepping away, even "for a moment".
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# '''ALWAYS''' the laser exhaust when cutting anything other than paper.
** With high powered lasers come a risk of fire. This would not only damage the working material but can damage the machine and PaxSpace. Multiple methods of fire mitigation are provided for your use if needed. These will be detailed for you at your training session.
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# '''NEVER''' try to operate the laser with the machine lids open.
* '''Never try to operate the laser with the machine lids open.'''
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# '''NEVER''' cut or engrave unapproved, found, "discount", or unmarked materials.
** High powered lasers can blind an operator or nearby onlooker instantly.
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# '''DO NOT''' attempt to defeat the safety mechanisms or alter the machine.
* '''Never cut or engrave unapproved, found, "discount", or unmarked materials.'''
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# '''DO NOT''' adjust, touch, or attempt to clean the optics yourself.
** Certain materials carry a wide variety of dangers. These include things like dangerous fumes, increased fire risk, or dust that will damage the machine.
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# '''DO NOT''' attempt to engrave yourself or others.
** Found and unmarked materials (such as those in scrap bins) aren't guaranteed to be what you believe they are. As some materials, especially plastics, can look identical between different types, it is best to avoid these in the laser cutter. Please feel free to cut them on the various saws, routers, and CNC machines PaxSpace offers instead.
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# '''ALWAYS''' clean fallen materials out of the machine after cuts.
** For the same reason found and unmarked materials should not be used, avoid using discount materials whose price seems "too good to be true". Online sellers will often confuse or intentionally change the descriptions of materials in order to sell their stock.
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# '''Keep all liquids and food away from the machine at all times.'''
* '''Do not attempt to defeat the safety mechanisms or alter the machine.'''
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** The machine has been fitted with various safety mechanisms to prevent unsafe operation. Defeating them not only puts you at risk but anyone around you at risk. If you need to engrave something that is too large to sit flat on the bed, find a way to cut it down or cut/engrave a veneer instead.
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* '''Keep all liquids and food away from the machine at all times.'''
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** The laser is a high voltage machine. While it is grounded, spilled liquids could cause shorts that could energize the chassis of the laser to dangerous voltages.
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** Do not attempt to engrave food items on the laser. The chemicals created by cutting other materials are not safe to consume. In addition, crumbs and juices are difficult to clean out of the machine.
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Revision as of 01:58, 30 April 2018

This page is a work in progress.

This page is to serve as a central location for laser cutter safety, material use, and setup.

Laser Cutter Safety

Laser cutters can be extremely dangerous if not used correctly. Never operate the laser cutters at PaxSpace without the required training. In order to mitigate risk of injury to people or damage to the machine, the following shall be followed. Failure to do so will permanently ban you from using the laser cutter.

  1. DO NOT LEAVE THE MACHINE UNATTENDED WHILE CUTTING/ENGRAVING!
  2. ALWAYS the laser exhaust when cutting anything other than paper.
  3. NEVER try to operate the laser with the machine lids open.
  4. NEVER cut or engrave unapproved, found, "discount", or unmarked materials.
  5. DO NOT attempt to defeat the safety mechanisms or alter the machine.
  6. DO NOT adjust, touch, or attempt to clean the optics yourself.
  7. DO NOT attempt to engrave yourself or others.
  8. ALWAYS clean fallen materials out of the machine after cuts.
  9. Keep all liquids and food away from the machine at all times.