AET LABS EVENT
August 02, 2022
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Laser Cutter Projects for the Classroom: Summer Workshop Series

Description

Join us this summer for a workshop series to get tips for using Autodesk Fusion 360 for laser cutter projects and get hands-on experience working with an Epilog Laser Cutter!

You are welcome to attend all three sessions or attend specific days.

This is a free in-person event series. Attendees will receive a PD certificate.

Session 1: Design for Laser Cutting in Fusion 360 

August 2 from 8:30am to 12:30pm

This session is ideal for those new to 3D CAD, Fusion 360 software, and/or structural design for laser cutting. 

Learn design basics in Autodesk Fusion 360 to create a phone or tablet stand assembly in session 1. Export 2D files from your model to prepare for the laser cutter. We will demonstrate laser cutter use this day, however, participants will likely be machining their projects in the following session.  

Session 2: Laser Cutter Workflow and Materials 

August 3 from 8:30am to 12:30pm

This session is good for those who are familiar with 2D and 3D CAD and wish to learn about laser cutter basics.  

In session 2, participants will learn how 2D vector and pixel art is used in conjunction with laser cutters, and participants from the previous session will cut and engrave their designs. For participants who don't attend session 1, we will have prepared files ready for you to work with. We will also explore different laserable materials and discuss the pros and cons of working with them. 

Session 3: A Closer Look at Laser Cutter Projects

August 4 from 8:30am to 12:30pm 

This session is designed for all skill levels. 

Session 3 will feature a presentation showcasing how local educators and industry professionals are using laser cutters. A more informal setting will allow for extended Q&A, hands-on time with the Epilog laser, and provide opportunities to meet other educators working with digital fabrication tools. Participants from the first 2 sessions are welcome to continue refining their project. 

Who Should Join?

These workshops are for educators looking for a hands-on introduction to integrating CAD and laser cutting into your curriculum.

Location

The workshops will take place at the Blackstone Valley Education Hub.

The Linwood Mill, 670 Linwood Avenue, Suite 5, Whitinsville, MA 01588 

Thank you to Blackstone Valley Education Hub for co-hosting this workshop series with AET Labs!

About the Host

Adam Zelny is AET Labs’ Applications Specialist with proficiency in many digital fabrication and technology systems, including 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, 3D scanning, and robotics. His career began in social services and evolved into teaching technology education to youth and adults. Adam spent several years working with the Technocopia makerspace in Worcester, MA and has worked with schools in the central Massachusetts area to develop hands-on technology events and projects. He has also taught creative writing and music, which he continues to practice in his spare time.

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