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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.

Our BOSSLASER cannot be turned on without scanning the RFID card of a member certified in our T.E.S.L.A. Access system.

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Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.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


The use of PPM equipment requires you to be alert, attentive and focused.
Do not use any PPM work area, or any PPM tools, if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Likewise, ensure that you are well-rested and alert.


Classes and Training

New Member Orientation

Area Contact — Mathew Palfenier


The Boss Laser Safety and Certification class is offered twice per month.
PPM announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup


Pikes Peak Makerspace Boss Laser Intro — external link to PPM YouTube channel

General Use

  • Weights are no longer allowed to hold down material.
  • Use pins to hold down your material.
  • If not enough pins are available, use Slack to message the Area Contact, or discuss on the #laser-cutter channel.

Cleaning Policies

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.

Always 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.

☐ 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

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 Cap'n Mat on Slack.

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

Make sure the boss chiller has been turned on.

Equipment Lists


Picture Item Manufacturer Model Resources
BOSS LASER engraver
Boss 150 Watt

CO2 Laser


Level 3 badge
BOSS LS-3655 Operators Manual
Industrial Chiller
Industrial Water Chiller S&A CW‑5000DG Maintenance Manual

(Amazon description)



Item Application

i7 3.4GHz

LightBurn Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Monitor Dell
keyboard (01/22/23) Dell
external USB speakers 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.

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 and Policies

PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(bring 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
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.


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

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.

Related Software

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.

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

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

Printing Software

LightBurn Software — home page

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 — Epilog Zing  
  CNC Router Table  

Hand-Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

ImagR — Prepare your image for laser engraving — Cut out boxes and other stuff with a laser cutter
MakerCase — web-based application for designing boxes

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.

Search the PPM Wiki — include Content pages as well as 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.