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2 Seats

Laser Cutting – 13/14 December

This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting and etching. Full design support and technical help will be given, and you will produce etched and cut pieces from a range of materials, with the potential to move on to a personal project. We have a stock of laser materials in the studio, including laser plywood, various colours of acrylic sheet, laser rubber (for making stamps), card, and eco paper. You can also cut and etch various found materials, such as sandstone, slate, driftwood, feathers and glass. If you have a specific material or colour range you would like to work with, please contact us beforehand to ensure we have it in stock ready for your course.

We use simple drawing tools on our laptops, and can also work with sketches and photographs by scanning them into the computer. We have run more technically-biased courses for school and college technicians and teaching staff, looking to explore the technology and use a variety of materials. We also have people who are looking to buy their own laser cutter and want to have a play around first, as well as those just looking for a creative break.

All tuition, materials, refreshments and lunches are provided. We can provide you with a laptop and mouse, but you can bring your own if you prefer. We can supply you with any files you make on the day, and you are welcome to bring a USB stick with you, or alternatively we can send them to you via fileshare. We will also send you a follow up e-mail with a list of any materials and suppliers discussed on the day.

Day One

coffee

Tea/Coffee

The Early Bird catches the worm, and if you arrive before the course starts at 10am you are welcome to join us for tea / coffee and home made biscuits, still warm from the oven. There is no additional charge for our ticket holders.

Introduction to Laser Cutting

We look at the set up of the laser cutting machine, with a brief overview of how it works.

designing laser cut lampshade

File Creation

We look at the different ways to make files on the computer, including digital tracing, manual drawing and shape building tools.

Letter S etched into driftwood

Personal projects

It is always better to work with something that you like - choose a simple silhouette, piece of text, or drawing and prepare the file for cutting.

Mellow autumn soup recipe

Lunch

Lunch is homemade soup and homemade bread. Delicious and nutritious!

aligning work in the laser cutter

Laser Cutting

The afternoon is flexible - we can now continue making simple shapes and reinforce use of the cutter. Some people choose to look at different materials and how to alter the various settings for different effects.

Review

We now know how to start with a simple design, prepare the file, and set up for cutting. You will continue to use the machine independently, with support if needed.

Day Two

coffee

Tea/Coffee

We begin with a relaxing hot drink and homemade biscuits, take in the view and chat about our plans for the day.

Laser Cutter Setup

Now we are more familiar with the laser cutting process, we can begin to look a little more closely at the set up of the machine - this will include cleaning, basic maintenance and the layout of the components.

Mellow autumn soup recipe

Lunch

Lunch is homemade soup and homemade bread. Delicious and nutritious!

fish design laser etched into stone

Laser Cutting

You will now be bringing together all the parts of a personal project, or you may choose to look at some more materials to finish the day. We can also look at slightly more advanced techniques - for example, how to etch wood to different depths and finishes, how to mask work etc.

Finish

We now finish our last few cuts and pull everything together. We make sure all your work is wrapped up to keep it safe for the journey home. You will have a good knowledge of the entire laser cutting process and will have been using the machine independently. You will leave with some beautiful cut and etched pieces.

If you are using a gift voucher to pay either in full or in part, just add your code(s) to the Coupon Code section of your basket, then click the Proceed to Checkout button.

At the Checkout page, after adding your details, you can choose to pay either the full amount or a non-refundable deposit (20% of your basket total). If you choose this option, you will receive a reminder email for the remaining amount after 90 days, or 2 weeks before your course date (whichever is sooner). If you wish to pay the remainder before these times, please email us at studio@ShoreCottageStudio.com and we will send you a payment link.

Final payment must be made no later than 1 week before your course date. If payment is not made, we will retain your deposit amount and return your ticket to our site.

Two Day Laser Cutting 13/14 December 2018
Two Day Laser Cutting 13/14 December 2018

£200.00


 

  • Who Is This Course For?
  • I have never used a laser cutter before, and would like to learn more about them in a relaxed environment
  • I am thinking of starting my own business producing laser cut items to sell, but need to know how it all works first
  • I work for a school / college and need training on how to prepare files and how to laser cut from a variety of materials
  • I have no experience using graphic design programs, but I am determined to make some lovely things
  • I know how to use graphic design programs, but I am not sure how to get these files ready for the laser cutter
  • Who Is This Course Not For?
  • I already have a cutter and know how to cut, etch and score into different materials
  • I know how to laser cut plywood, acrylic, paper, rubber, veneer, mdf
  • I have no knowledge of how to use computer programs whatsoever
  • I have no idea what I would even make

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"We found the laser cutting course very rewarding and excellent value... we really loved every minute of our course with Kris."

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"I had a fabulous 2 days... Kris was very informative and I found the course inspirational."

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"I loved every minute of it! I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to learn new skills or to just have a bit of fun!"

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