MadLab Introduction to Laser Cutting: make an acrylic keyring at MadFabLab

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Introduction to Laser Cutting: make an acrylic keyring at MadFabLab

Wednesday 1st November, 6:30pm—8:30pm. £20

Want to get creative with laser cutting?

Learn to add the personal touch in this two hour introduction to laser cutting. Starting with the basics of designing in Inkscape, you’ll go on to create a beautiful, unique acrylic keyring of your own design.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting or design.

Equipment you’ll need

All materials and equipment will be provided.

What will you learn?

  • How to create a simple design in Inkscape, a free, open source graphics editor.
  • How to transfer your design to the laser cutter, using Laserscript 5.3 software
  • Setting up the laser cutter to watch your design come to life

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The MadFabLab is next door to MadLab in the Northern Quarter (Manchester).

42 Edge Street
Manchester
M4 1HN
UK

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike

Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk.

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy here.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

About MadFabLab

MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate with others.

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

  • Book via Eventbrite
  • Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing fab@madlab.org.uk
  • Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

Gemma May Latham is a participatory artist/maker who interprets textiles through digital and analogue processes. Gemma creates interventions and installations that explore traditional craft skills. She embraces processes that are intrinsically slow, creating a calming effect that allows time to connect with both process and material.

Book your place!

Any questions? Send us an email at office@madlab.org.uk