LINC 84E: LASER CUTTER FUNDAMENTALS
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||1 lecture per week (12 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Experience with basic computer and internet functions; experience with vector-based graphic design software is recommended, but not required.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
The student will be able to:
- Identify the major parts and functions of a laser cutter and explain the role of each part in the machine's operation.
- Correctly determine which settings to use, including power, speed, and z-axis adjustments, in order to cut and/or engrave a variety of material types.
- Identify and describe the properties of materials that cannot be cut and materials that can cause risk or hazards, and practice safety protocols to mitigate risk and eliminate hazards.
- Perform machine cleaning and maintenance routines to ensure ongoing machine performance and safety.
- Design and produce engravings using a variety of materials, correctly selecting the appropriate settings for the design and the material.
- Design and produce three-dimensional objects by cutting and assembling flat materials.
- Engrave designs on rounded objects using the rotary tool.
- Parts and functions
- Laser generator
- Lenses and mirrors
- Laser cutting head
- CNC system
- Filtration system
- Control platform
- Model diagram of parts in operation
- Material identification
- Caliper measurements
- User interface for control platform
- Graphics placement and movement
- Duplication and spacing
- Laser preview settings
- Timing preview settings
- Performing test cuts
- Materials and hazards
- Stone and glass
- Cardboard and paper
- Fire risks
- Safety protocols for flame and fire
- Off-gas risks
- Safety protocols for air filtration
- Hazardous materials
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Bed removal and cleaning
- Lens removal and cleaning
- Laser cutting head maintenance
- CNC motor maintenance
- Leveling the bed
- Troubleshooting issues
- Converting designs
- Line stroke, fill, and color requirements
- Setting variable engrave and cut functions
- Material engraving considerations
- Masking procedures
- Design placement and adjustment
- Three-dimensional design
- Box design and measurement considerations
- Edge joints
- Material thickness accommodations
- Notches and dividers
- Kerf bending
- Weight-bearing stand design
- Rotary tool
- Function and process
- Installing and troubleshooting
- Setting y- and z-axes
- Calculating object radius
- Document set-up and formatting
- Design placement and adjustment
- Object placement and rotation
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
2. When taught online via Canvas students must have current email accounts and/or ongoing access to computers with email and web browsing capability
Method(s) of Evaluation
Designing and developing makerspace projects and products
Presenting the product or project to peers, capturing feedback, and using it to revise the product or project
Making constructive contributions to class discussions and peer review feedback
Method(s) of Instruction
The student will be writing notes, listening, and participating in lecture presentation
The student will be observing an instructor-led demonstration and/or actively practicing the demonstrated skills
The student will be presenting and communicating their ideas in discussion and/or participating in peer reviews
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Riley, Erin, and Sylvia Libow Martinez. The Art of Digital Fabrication, 1st ed.. 2019.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- Writing assignments include a major course project and multiple developmental projects, online discussion response, and critical analysis of peer's educational projects.
- Outside assignments include conducting project development, planning, reading, and developing the project through an iterative process.
- When taught online these methods may take the form of video, audio, animation and webpage presentations. Writing assignments are completed online.