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Introduction to Laser Cutting: Wooden Coaster Tiles at MadFabLab

Thursday 14th June, 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 wooden coaster etched with your photo.

Who is this course for?

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

Equipment you’ll need

All you’ll need to bring for the workshop is a photo from your collection. All other materials and equipment will be provided on the day.

What will you learn?

  • How to create a simple shape in Inkscape, a free, open source graphics editor.
  • Manipulating your photo with GIMP
  • 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?

PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

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

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

PLANT NOMA, Redfern, Dantzic Street, NOMA, M60 0AE

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 Manchester Piccadilly station and across the road from Manchester Victoria train station.

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. Within a minutes walk of the building there is also Miller Street Car Park and Total Car Parks LTD.

By bike

We are currently looking into installing secure bike parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk or call us on 07894 278487.

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 emailing fab@madlab.org.uk
  • Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to 3 Corkland Road, Manchester M21 8UP

Chris Ball has worked on projects from small musical instruments to large scale interactive sculptures. He has a degree in Audio Technology, and specialises in sound and light. He has several years experience working with Arduino and associated electronics.

Book your place!

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