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Introduction to Laser Cutting: Wooden Coaster Tiles at MadFabLab

Thursday 27th July, 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 Adobe Photoshop
  • 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

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
  • Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
  • We also accept card payments in person

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy here.

Particle physicist turned MadFabLab manager Marieke can play a mean glass harp (an instrument made of wine glasses filled with varying amounts of water) and her icing sugar fireworks once caused evacuation of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Her ambitious science communication projects have included an adult ball pool, a giant fractal made from over a million business cards, an immersive sound installation that explored the interconnections between different animal species and a digital game #HookedOnMusic that explores catchy music and the link with dementia and has been played in every country on the planet.

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