Intro to Laser and Vinyl Cutter
Get certified to laser-cut wood, plastics, papers or textiles on the Epilog Mini AND learn how to use the vinyl cutter to make stickers and signs!
- Saturdays, November 20th and 27th, 1-4pm
This class will cover the basics of using the laser and vinyl cutter safely, techniques for working with different materials, and software tools for preparing work for the cutters.
Our laser cutter is an Epilog Mini 24 The work area is 24" x 12", and it can hold items up to 8" tall. We also have a cylindrical attachment that allows you to etch cylinders such as glassware. AS220's vinyl cutter is a Roland Camm-1 CX-24 and can take vinyl rolls of 15" and 24" in width.
After taking the workshop, you will have a solid understanding of what the machine can do and how to design a project and will be certified to use the Labs' laser cutter.
While it's not mandatory, we encourage attendees to have working knowledge of computers and drawing programs such as Inkscape, Illustrator, Photoshop, Gimp, etc.
Instructor: Larry Zargosky
Larry is a daily fixture at the AS220 Labs where he is a key member and a resident in the work-live studios above the labs.
My Bio and reason for being. I am a retired engineer (…with several patents) and have been hiding out at AS220 for the past seven years, never to return to regular employment. Being a resident at AS220 and a key-member gives me 24/7 access (...did I mention that I am a night owl). This means that I get to work when everyone else is sleeping! This also means that I can support "part time" DIY'ers that can only be here during their off hours and have become the de facto "go-to" person. In addition to teaching, 1-1 training for all the equipment, design and production work for artists, commission work, I am an artist for the three of us (me-my-and-I) that hang out here.
The Industries FabLab can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating, so I see my role as removing the fears of being in an unfamiliar environment and showing how creative, exciting, and fulfilling a place like this can really be! Creativity is contagious and we love to watch it spread like wildfire!
Scholarships & Discounts: AS220 Industries offers needs-based scholarships as well as discounted spots for BIPoC, Emerging Members, and Industries Monthly Members. We believe that everyone deserves access to arts education, and focus on centering marginalized communities and those who have had barriers accessing these resources. If you'd like to apply for a scholarship or use a discount, find more details HERE.
Location: The AS220 Industries is located at the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island on the 1st floor. The entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way; use the entrance under the AS220 Printshop sign, head upstairs and follow the signs. Ring the bell if the doors aren't open (though they should be).
Parking: There is a 2-hour metered on-street parking available, and parking is free on Sundays. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.
Important Workshop Policies. Please be as respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn and be as on time as possible. If you arrive more than half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you. Please plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking.
Refund Policy: To cancel your reservation must email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.
Cancellation of workshops. If the minimum number is not met in workshop enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel the workshop. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of workshop payment and first choice to enroll in future workshops. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible, thank you for your understanding.
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