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Level 3 badge used at Pikes Peak Makerspace

Our Laser Engraver/Cutter Area at Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) consists mostly of Level 3 equipment.

Additional PPM training and then certification is required to use any of our Level 3 equipment.


Zing Laser Check-in and Reservations

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.

 


Safety First

Members must know the following information:

In case of emergency, call 911.
Our physical location is:
735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
use this when ordering pizza or an ambulance

PPM Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
There are 7 fire extinguishers on the fire escape plan map. Review the PPM Fire Escape Plan for locations.

First Aid

There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
FIRST AID Kits are available in four areas: the Kitchen, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and CNC Room.

Eye Wash Stations

Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in four areas: the Kitchen, Wood Shop, CNC Room and Vented Room.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.

Hazardous Chemicals

All hazardous chemicals must be stored in the yellow hazardous chemical storage cabinet located in the Vented Room.
Review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information of unknown products before use.
SDS information is available via the QR code on the hazardous chemical storage cabinet or this spreadsheet.
Do not bring dangerous chemicals to the makerspace.
Spray paint, stains, and other approved items must be stored in the hazardous chemical storage cabinet in the Vented Room.
Please DO NOT paint indoors.


 

Classes and Training

New Member Orientation

Area Contact

Jonathan Wommack (Epilog Laser)

Classes

The Zing Laser Certification class is offered on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
If this time or date does not work with your schedule,
please contact us - https://pikespeakmakerspace.org/Contact.
Some instructors offer one-on-one training that we can help schedule.
PPM announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup

Training

Jonathan Wommack (Epilog Laser)


DO NOT cut materials with PVC on either laser, this will release chlorine gas which is toxic.

ALWAYS ensure the work area interior and exterior is clean before and after your work.
The maximum bed size for vector cutting or raster etching is 16” x 12” or less.


Events



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Introduction to the Zing Laser‏‎ (15:26, 20 May 2015)

Laser Cutting Material Table‏‎ (15:41, 21 May 2015)

Laser Cutting Acrylic‏‎ (16:31, 24 November 2015)

Equipment Lists

Zing LASER

Picture Item Manufacturer/
Model
Resources
Zing LASER.jpg
zing 30 Watt 

CO2 Laser

Cutter/Engraver

Level 3 badge
Epilog Laser

10000 Laser System

yes, and online

Zing LASER Computer

Item Application
Software
Manufacturer/
Model
System
Software
Computer,

i7 3.4 GHz

Adobe Acrobat,

Adobe Illustrator,
Adobe Photoshop,
Inkscape,
CorelDRAW,
and more.

hp Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Monitor

20" widescreen

Asus

VH202

keyboard (01/22/23) Dell
Design workstation ONLY!
No Facebook, social media, or random browsing.

Hand Tools

Laser Area hand tools should be marked with red tape or paint.
Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Equipment Reservations

  • Reserve 24 Hours in Advance to Guarantee Equipment.
  • Unreserved equipment is first come first serve.
  • Reservations are given up after 15 minute no show.

If you don't have a reservation:


Donations Received

Wish List

Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.

Benefits

PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(walk in, show proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Logo WOODCRAFT
Woodcraft of Colorado Springs 10% discount    4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Logo CO Lumber
CO Lumber Specialties 10% discount 3636 Stone Avenue
Logo General Air
GENERAL AIR 10% discount 3031 N Nevada Ave.
Logo ACE
ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens 10% discount 1830 W Uintah Street
Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.

Policies

Materials

DO NOT cut materials with PVC on either laser, this will release chlorine gas which is toxic.
Avoid reflective material.
Donate for "Wood Sheet for Laser" via PayPal: bit.ly/ppmstuff
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.

Red Tags

If equipment needs repairs, place a Red Tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack channel #red-tags-issues
This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.
For more information, review our New Member Orientation wiki page.

Related Software

Design Software

Adobe Illustrator Tips
Adobe Photoshop Tips
Inkscape Tips
Canva Tips
Procreate app Tips

Printing Software

Adobe Acrobat

Member Showcase

For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

  Laser — BOSS  
  CNC Router Table  

Hand-Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

ImagR — Prepare your image for laser engraving
MakerCase or Boxes.py — Cut boxes with a laser cutter
Homebrew CO2 Laser Page — by John Doran (Epilog VP of Engineering)
Bell Laser — After market parts for laser machines
Laser Research Optics — Alternative and cheaper sources of lenses

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #laser-cutter
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.

PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive

Search the PPM Wiki — include both Content pages and Multimedia

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.

Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.