Laser Cutter

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Ace Monster Toys has an EXLAS 1280 laser named Smaug

Tool Steward


Asset Number: AMT001

Notice: The laser section of the AMT wiki is currently being redesigned. Chime in on the laser channel to participate and create the new and improved laser wiki section.

This is a portal page for all things laser. Topics have been split up into 3 categories:


The laser has a temporary fix implemented. IT IS VERY DELICATE.

  1. DO NOT touch, bump or fiddle with the head in any way, including with the focus tool.
  2. Remove all materials from the bed before resetting the z axis - INCLUDING THE LASER FOCUS TOOL
  3. When engraving (etching) do not set the speed over 200mm/second

If you see any of the following put the broken sign on the laser and report it on Slack

  1. Wiggles in line
  2. Fat oblong kerf

The medium-term plan is to replace the head.

We have ordered a new head but it is coming from China. The best estimate is the parts will be here on the 12th. Then we have to install it.

The long-term plan is to buy a new laser.

We have run this one well past its duty cycles. A new laser that is suitable for community use is going to run between 12k and 16k. We will have to raise approximately 50% to 100% of that in donations or laser income before we can purchase a new laser. Donate here.



  • The laser costs money to use - .25¢ a min. firing time
  • Using the laser requires certification
  • Only members can use the laser
  • There is a nifty binder in the room with additional helpful information
  • Laser Certification Test

Quick Links

User Information

Maintenance 'Information' History, Resources and Archives

Safety and Training


Laser FAQ


Quickstart Checklist

User Cleaning

Power Settings

Design Software

Existing Laser Design



Cleaning the Laser Cutter

Lubricating the Rails


How to clean the intake filter

How to cull laser materials storage


Maintenence Logs

101 Instructor Checklist

How to clean the honeycomb

2017 Upgrade




You can also find links to all things laser related on the laser category page