Intro to Laser Cutting

6/3/2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

Photo above is a wood relief sculpture made by Gabriel Schama using a Laser Cutter. Photo copyright Gabriel Schama

Makers Mill is thrilled to offer an Intro to Laser Cutting workshop led by Elizabeth Helfer on Thursday, June 3rd from 6-8pm.  

 In the first part of this virtual workshop, you will learn what laser cutting is, how it works, and look at the breadth of tools that are laser cutters. We will discuss different methods for approaching projects using the laser cutter, popular software and applications for designing for the laser cutter, and look at the basic setup of a 30-Watt Epilog Zing laser cutter. 

In the second part of the workshop you will start designing your own vector file in Inkscape. Liz will be conducting the demonstration in Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape, however, if you have access to another vector software (GIMP, CorelDraw, etc.), that will also work. After the workshop, you will be able to send a finished vector file to Liz, who will run it for you on 1/8” plywood at Hatch Makerspace. Your finished project will then be mailed to you.

About the Artist

Liz Helfer Studios is located in Waltham, MA, where Liz creates sculptures by commission and for exhibition. Liz has focused on metal for over a decade because of its historical complexity and perceived value. However, in recent years she has moved into a mixed media practice that addresses our impending environmental peril.

Liz grew up in New Durham, NH, and has been active in the Lakes Region cultural scene. After graduating from Alfred University, Liz traveled to create sculptures across the USA and Europe. You can find her permanent public sculptures at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia, in Palmyra, NY, and in Newton, MA. She is currently the Coordinator at Hatch Makerspace in Watertown, MA, where she teaches new technologies to the greater Boston community.

You are encouraged to download the free open-source software Inkscape prior to the workshop. After downloading, please login at least once to make sure it opens properly.

This workshop will be conducted over Zoom and thereby requires computer proficiency and access to a laptop or desktop computer.  This same class was hosted by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council earlier in the spring, so if you were interested and missed it, now’s your chance to sign up!

The cost is $35 per person.  If you prefer to register and pay over the phone call Josh Arnold at the Makers Mill office at 603-344-5009.  Once registered, you will be emailed a zoom link for the class.  


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