Laser Engraving and Cutting

What will you make today?

Laser 

RED–Training and appointment required for use.

You can make an endless variety of useful, beautiful, and practical things from many different materials such as; wood, leather, felt, fabric, acrylic, paper, and more with the Muse 3D.

Patrons will need to complete a training with our Makerspace Specialist in order to use the Muse 3D. Patrons cannot use the Muse without Library Staff present.

Please email createandmake@portagelibrary.info to set up your appointment.

What Material Can The Muse 3d Cut/Engrave?

The Muse can cut wood, fabric, leather, paper, Plexiglas (acrylic), Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, fiberglass, Corian, foods, and more.

The Muse can also engrave all of the above plus glass, coated metal, marble, anodized aluminum, titanium, some phones, tablets, and laptops, and more.

What Is The Thickest Material The Muse Can Cut?

The Muse performs well with many materials 1/4” and less on a single pass. It can accommodate material as thick as 1/2”, but may require multiple passes or flipping the material over. For engraving, you can remove the tray and insert objects as thick as 2”. It can then engrave the surface up to 0.5”, depending on the material.

Are There Materials That The Muse 3d Cannot Cut?

Yes. Vinyl, artificial leather, and a variety of plastics do not cut well in the laser cutter and can be dangerous. Please see below for a full list of approved and unapproved materials that can be used in the laser cutter.

Materials

Patrons must bring in their own materials to use in the Muse. Please bring a receipt or tag that states what the material is made of. 

Library staff must approve the material before it is used in the Muse.

Approved materials include:

Most woods (unstained/unpainted)

Paper, cardstock, or Crescent board

Cardboard

Cork

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglas, or PMMA

Non-chlorine-containing rubber

Glass

Stone, marble, granite, soapstone,or onyx

Ceramic tile

 MakerSpace does not engrave or cut:

Stained woods

Most Metals

MDF

Vinyl

Plastic

Polycarbonate/LEXAN

Foam

Fiberglass

More information about Approved Laser Cutter Materials

List of approved Muse Laser Engraver/Cutter Materials

List of Materials that you CANNOT cut with the Muse Laser cutter