Laser Committee

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Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.


The Laser Committee covers:

  • Care and maintenance of the laser cutter
  • Consumables of the laser cutter
  • Maintenance of the laser cutter's control computer
  • The list of acceptable materials for use with the laser cutter
  • The space owned lasers and safety regarding the lasers
  • This Committee is run as a benevolent dictatorship with the understanding that if something needs to get done, anyone can do the work.
  • It is asked that members either contact the Chairperson or send a message on the hangouts before attempting work. (in case someone else knows better how do do a job)


  1. To maintain and repair the laser cutter
  2. Train people on the operation of the laser cutter
  3. To Promote interest in laser technology

Approved Laser users

This list is only visible inside Dallas Makerspace.

Usage Fee

$1 per 5 minutes of laser firing, rounded up
Example: 4 min = $1, 6 min = $2

Laser Area Guidelines

  1. MUST have completed Laser Basics course to operate the lasers
  2. MUST watch laser for the duration of your job - within arms reach at all times
  3. PAY FOR USAGE! Payment MUST be made at the time your laser job is performed. Failure to pay is theft of service and will result in expulsion and prosecution as a misdemeanor offense. Use the Square kiosk or use an envelope to submit cash or paypal payment to the black cashbox.
  4. NO cutting of prohibited materials: Vinyl, PVC, Kydex, Sintera, Styrofoam, Polycarbonate (Lexan), or other materials when combustion creates dangerous gases
  5. Be excellent and clean up after yourself
  6. Honor the queue
  7. No hogging the computers -- they're for importing your prints, not creating your designs
  8. Use the red E-STOP button in case of emergency
  9. DO NOT try to perform maintenance on the lasers or change the lenses without contacting a member of the laser maintenance team

Laser Basics Class Materials

A PDF of the Laser Basics class content can be found at the following link:


  1. Merissa Green - Chairperson
  2. Beau Williamson
  3. Mike Glass
  4. Tommy Thomas
  5. Lisa Y Selk
  6. Luke Olsen
  7. Brandon Green


The following are authorized to train/certify users on the laser. Often they will provide one-on-one training between official classes. If you wish to become a trainer, please contact the committee chair.

  1. Luke Olson
  2. Mitch Cerroni
  3. William Petefish
  4. John A. Gorman
  5. Nick Sainz
  6. Tom Thomas
  7. Pearce Dunlap
  8. Ryan Caldwell


The following people are authorized to maintain and service the laser.

  1. Luke Olsen
  2. Pearce Dunlap
  3. William Petefish
  4. Lisa Y Selk
  5. Karl Lockhart

Tool Status Board

Use the following link to access the Tool Status Board and see if equipment is operational, needing maintenance, or out of service.


Use the following link to view a still image of the laser area camera to see if the equipment is currently in use.

Thunder Laser Nova 63

Laser Specs: 1600mm x 1000m (63” x 39.4”x 9.8”) 130 Watts of Power
Wiki page for Thunder Laser -
Class Curriculum:

Thunder Laser Rotary Tool Attachment

The Thunder Laser has a rotary tool attachment to work on round items, such as tumblers, mugs, glasses, bottles, etc. You may use the rotary tool if you have completed the laser basics class and are comfortable on the Thunder Laser. The rotary tool attachment is normally stored on the upper shelves of the scrap area. The following link has instructions on use of the rotary tool.

Rotary Tool Instructions

If the wires become loose on the rotary attachment, the correct wiring is:

DIR- Red Wire
DIR+ Yellow Wire
PUL- Green Wire
PUL+ Black Wire


Laser Specs: 24"x48" 60 Watts effective
Wiki page for the Lasersaur -
Lasersaur Manual
Materials Guide
File Types: svg, limited dxf. Inkscape is the preferred tool
Supports Vector files. Does not raster at this time.

Epilog Zing

Laser Specs: 12"x16"x4" 30 Watts
Class Curriculum:
Zing Laser System Manual
Zing Suggested Material Settings

Additional Documentation

Information on Materials Used with the Lasers

Tips and Tricks

How To Join

  1. Add your name to the "Members" section of this wiki page.
  2. Come to a committee meeting and help keep things running.


All online Laser Committee discussions are held via the Dallas Makerspace Talk forum:

If you experience a problem when using the laser, please report it as soon as possible via the Talk forum "Issues and Requests" category. More information about reporting issues can be found by clicking here.