Laser cutting

In the fall of 2020, Nolop is closed to everyone beyond the 14 staff members who work there. If you need something laser cut, here is how you go about it.

  1. Create a file that can be laser cut, like a .DXF or .AI file.
  2. Go to the #laser channel at https://nolop.slack.com. (You will be asked to create an account if you don’t have one, and if you use your Tufts email, you will be auto-approved.)
  3. Post something like, “Hi, I have something I need laser cut.”
  4. Someone on duty at Nolop will post something like, “Sure, upload your file. We can probably get to it tonight or tomorrow morning.”
  5. Pay for material via Venmo. Materials list is available at https://nolop.org/store
  6. Check back in at #laser, and we’ll let you know if there are problems. When everything is done, we’ll email you to let you know, or you can just check the Slack channel.
  7. When the laser cutting is done, stop by the pickup table outside Nolop in the SEC. Take your new thing; feel glee.

Tutorial Videos

Materials in the Nolop Store:

A summary of these materials:

Acrylic: Comes in different sizes and colors, very commonly used

Construction-Grade Plywood: Comes in different sizes, cheaper wood, great for prototyping

Baltic Birch Plywood: Comes in different sizes, nicer quality wood, very commonly used

Chipboard: Flexible, great for testing partsMDF (Medium Density Fiberboard): More sturdy chipboard, similar to wood but a bit more flexible, great for testing parts

Laser Cutting: Cutting, Etching, Engraving

This video shows the difference between cutting, engraving, and etching on the laser cutter, both in the file and on the material!

How to Laser Cut at Nolop

This video demonstrates the process of laser cutting at Nolop during the pandemic. Send DXF or SVG file, material you’d like cut, and units your file is in to the Nolop Slack channel, and an employee will respond and print your part! Watch the video for details!