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Laser Cutting

Iowa State’s College of Design has three laser cutters, located in room 426 Design (The Output Center), and one laser cutter located in the Armory (Industrial Design Fabrication Lab).

The laser cutters in the Design Output Center are open to use by students, faculty, and staff, as long as the required online training has been successfully completed. The laser cutter in the Armory is NOT open to general use, and is restricted to those in Industrial Design, or those with special permission.

Note: Design Core students are NOT eligible for laser cutter training.


To gain access to online training, email dsn_lasertraining, with the subject line, “Lasercutter Training Request”. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been added to the site.

Requests received between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays are generally handled within an hour. Please allow plenty of time to complete the training before you intend to cut. Information contained within the training may affect your project ideas, so do NOT expect to cut the same day you request or complete your training. CORE students are NOT eligible for laser cutter training, due to the nature of the CORE program. No training requests or passes will be processed on weekends or holidays.

Laser Cutter Specifications

All three laser cutters are made by Universal, and those housed in 426 Design have a bed size of 32″ x 18″. The Armory laser cutter has a bed size of 48″ x” 24″. Our laser cutters can accommodate materials up to 1/8 of an inch thick. Material settings have been tested for the following materials and thicknesses:

  • 1/16 in. acrylic
  • 1/16 in. basswood
  • 1/16 in. chipboard
  • 1/16 in. taskboard
  • 3/32 in. taskboard
  • 1/32 in. acrylic
  • 1/32 in. chipboard
  • 1/32 in. taskboard
  • 1/32 in. veneer
  • 1/8 in. acrylic
  • 1/8 in. basswood
  • 1/8 in. taskboard
  • Art paper
  • Canson paper
  • Cardboard
  • Freezer paper
  • Heavy matte paper
  • Silk
  • 2-ply bristol board
  • Osnaberg cotton
  • Vellum
  • Wool Felt

Note: Not all cutters have all material settings available. Cutter #3 has ALL settings available, #1 has most, and #2 has only basic materials settings (acrylics, cardboard, chipboard, basswood, and art paper).

Please see the section on Materials for further information.


  • Laser Cutter Fees: $0.10/minute, plus materials.
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