Semester drop off hours: Closed for lunch.

Mon- Fri 9 am-4 pm

Wed, 1 pm-4 pm

**New Simplified help guide for setting up your files! Click Here for PDF

We have a Universal Laser Systems VLS4.60 laser cutter, which is designed and engineered for light manufacturing and prototyping, the VlS4.60. Maximum 60 watts. It is located in room 524 on the 5th floor of the Academic building. The laser cutter is run by trained student monitors.

Laser Appointment Guidelines

1. To make use of the laser cutter, stop in to room 524, in the Academic Building and use one of our "thumb drives" to save your IA (Illustrator) file for cutting or rasterizing. Fill out our brief drop off form and blue tape thumb drive and form to your material to be cut.

We run the Laser Cutter on a first come first serve basis when student workers are available. 

2. Should your file have problems, you will be contacted and asked to make corrections to your file.

3. Please note that we are not a production house and only work for jobs that are low volume and related to actual school work are considered.

4. Safety of our student workers is top priority. Materials that emit toxic fumes or obnoxious odors can not be considered. Same holds true of highly flammable materials.

How to Submit Your Files for Cutting

Ringling Students can have materials cut on the laser cutters by dropping off files and materials and leaving them in the drop off area. Only work related to Ringling courses will be cut, no personal or commercial work will be cut. Your material must fit on the 24"x 18" laser cutter bed, if its too large, you must trim it down to size PRIOR to dropping it off, the Monitor will not trim oversized material for you.

Students must supply their own materials. Transfer your files on one of our supplied USB memory sticks found near the laser in room 524.Your files must use the template guidelines on the Laser cutter instructions PDF.

If you are still having trouble, here is a simplified help guide. Click Here for PDF

Acceptable Materials

-Plexiglass, Acrylic - up to 1/4" thick

-Wood - up to 3/8" thick, double check with monitor by bringing the material because some wood might have layers of glue that we cannot cut.

-Fabrics (cotton/denim/etc)

-paper, construction paper,  mat-board.

-Glass (only etching)- We have a rotary turner for bottles.

If you have any questions bring the material to the room and a monitor can tell you if the material can be cut.

Prohibited Materials

Lexan, PVC, vinyl, foam core, metal, rocks, Optix Acrylic Sheet. Prohibited materials could melt on the lasser bed or release toxic gas. Plastics can release carcinogens such as benzene.