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The Makerspace Workbench by Adam Kemp

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Chapter 6. 2D Design and the Laser Engraver

The laser cutter/engraver might be the single most useful piece of equipment in the Makerspace (for the sake of ease, I’ll refer to it simply as the “laser cutter” from this point on). Its ability to quickly create usable objects from many modern materials makes it the go-to machine for most projects. These machines interface directly with a computer, and you can output files to it as if it were a conventional printer. You use software to produce raster and vector designs that are translated into a series of paths for the laser. Raster refers to images made up of pixels that result in the machine ...

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