Laser -- BOSS

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

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

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

 Laser Area  hand tools should be marked with red tape or paint.

BOSS LASER organizer
 BOSS LASER Area  (05/20/22) 

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 link.
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 Captain -- Mathew Palfenier

Area Captain Duties
Maintain cleaning schedule
Host certification classes (can be found at Meetup)
Member support

Classes & Training

Pikes Peak Makerspace announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup
Pikes Peak Makerspace Boss Laser Intro -- external link to PPM YouTube channel

Make sure to stay updated with LightBurn tips and tricks which can be found here

General Use and Cleaning Policies

  • Weights are no longer allowed. Please use the pins to hold down your material.
  • Sign-in required. Clipboard for sign-in can be found hanging on the right side of the computer.
  • Clean up after use:
    • wipe down/dust the inside and outside of lid. Glass cleaner may be used if necessary.
    • clean out the debris in, on, and around the honeycomb. Vacuum if necessary.
    • dump out catch tray
    • empty small blue trash can if full.
    • organize computer area
    • sweep floor around the boss area
    • leave the space better than when you found it

Boss-specific Safety Information

DO NOT cut materials with PVC on either laser, this will release chlorine gas which is toxic.
Boss Laser Safety
● NEVER cut PVC (When in doubt, error on the side of caution)
● NEVER leave the laser unattended while it is running (Stay in the building)
● Use only approved materials
● Leave lid closed for a few moments after your job is completed to allow for proper ventilation
● Up to 80% power is allowed
● Avoid reflective material
● Ensure the work area interior and exterior is clean before and after your work
● Keep the exhaust fan and chiller running while the laser is in use
● Make sure Zing Laser isn’t running before turning off fan

Troubleshooting and Common Issues

Didn’t cut through?

It is a good practice to leave the material and laser head in position for inspection. You can, at that point, attempt another pass through if nothing has been moved.

You should not start your job until you are confident about your settings by doing multiple tests.

Taking too long?

Check settings for “flood fill” or “fill shapes individually”. Use the preview feature to know if that will help.

Auto-focus malfunction? (The bed is not moving during auto-focus, or the bed is moving down during auto focus)

The laser head may be sticking. GENTLY press up and down with the palm of your hand until back in place.

If that did not fix the problem, please contact Mathew or Drew.

The laser head is moving and blowing air but the laser is not firing?

Make sure the boss chiller has been turned on.


Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #laser-cutter
Contact Mathew Palfenier directly on Slack
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.

Equipment Lists


Picture Item Manufacturer/
BOSS LASER engraver
Boss 150 Watt

CO2 Laser


Level 3 badge


Operators Manual
Industrial Chiller
Industrial Water Chiller S&A

CW‑5000DG (Amazon description)

Maintenance Manual
rotary attachment

for Boss Laser

Level 3 badge

for Boss Laser

Level 3 badge


Picture Item Manufacturer/

i7 3.4GHz,

new Dell keyboard


Windows 10 Pro LightBurn
Monitor, 27" Dell



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.

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 and Policies

PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(walk in, show proof of membership)

Company Website Benefit Directions to
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

Equipment Reservations


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:
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.

Warn.png The following pages contain historical information. The pages are provided for reference only.

Laser Cutting Material Table‏‎ (15:41, 21 May 2015)
Laser Cutting Acrylic‏‎ (16:31, 24 November 2015)

Red Tags

Scrap and Trash

Trash day is MONDAY
Recycling day is MONDAY (96 gallon tote)

Single Stream Recycling provided by Waste Connections. Paper, cardboard, cans, glass, and one time use plastics.

Empty recycling and trash into our dumpster at the back (south side) of the building.
Always leave the space better than you found it.


At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member. Please see the pinned comment in the 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack for the code.

Please note:  Your at home subscription is unique to only you. You will receive an email from LightBurn with your unique registration key. Make note of that key because you will need it again if you renew your subscription. PPM does not have access to your registration key.

Design Software

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop

Printing Software


Member Showcase

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

See Also

Links to other PPM Wiki pages (internal links):

Laser -- Epilog

Curated Links

Links to other sites (external links):

ImagR -- Prepare your image for laser engraving
Cut boxes with a laser cutter: MakerCase or

Other Fun Stuff

Links to other sites (external links):

Glowforge 3D Laser Printer

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