Laser Cutting Workshop for Beginners

Get started using the laser cutter! This two-hour-and-a-half-long session covers the basics of how to use YuKonstruct’s laser cutter including safety, ventilation, raster and vector design, print settings, and cutting and etching different materials. Following by hands-on experience: you will cut out your own project!

Also considered orientation and safety training for the Epilog Fusion laser cutter for YuKonstruct members.

All materials provided

About the instructor: Thomas is always working on a project. When he’s not busy making telescopes, you can find him building all kinds of things such as an electric guitar, a cloud chamber or even a wooden clock. He learned most of his skills thanks to the internet and he’s more than happy to share what he knows with other makers

Maximum 5 participants

Laser Cutting Workshop for Beginners

Get started using the laser cutter! This two-hour-and-a-half-long session covers the basics of how to use YuKonstruct’s laser cutter including safety, ventilation, raster and vector design, print settings, and cutting and etching different materials. Following by hands-on experience: you will cut out your own project!

Also considered orientation and safety training for the Epilog Fusion laser cutter for YuKonstruct members.

All materials provided

About the instructor: Thomas is always working on a project. When he’s not busy making telescopes, you can find him building all kinds of things such as an electric guitar, a cloud chamber or even a wooden clock. He learned most of his skills thanks to the internet and he’s more than happy to share what he knows with other makers

Maximum 5 participants

Laser Cutting Workshop for Beginners: Chess Board Coasters

Get started using the laser cutter! This two-hour-and-a-half-long session covers the basics of how to use YuKonstruct’s laser cutter including safety, ventilation, raster and vector design, print settings, and cutting and etching different materials. Following by hands-on experience: you will cut out your own chess board coasters!

Also considered orientation and safety training for the Epilog Fusion laser cutter for YuKonstruct members.

All materials provided

About the instructor: Michel Gignac is a multi-disciplinary artist and maker. He is eager to teach everyone how to use the laser cutter!

Maximum 5 participants

A member’s take on Laser Cutter 101

New makerspace member Ksenia wrote this write-up of her experience learning how to use YuKonstruct’s laser cutter

Three ladies and I are in a well-organized back room at YuKonstruct and Thomas is talking. He’s guiding us through the safety measures, tools, and steps we need to know before crafting with the laser cutter that takes up most of the back room “Fabrication Lab”.

The laser cutter is less complicated that I thought. And less dangerous, with proper care and safety. It can cut and engrave many materials– metal, wood, glass, stone. As Thomas interspaces a very practical 30 minute introduction with helpful hints, I am admittedly distracted by all the possibilities – engravings, Christmas ornaments, board games…

Thomas giving instructions

Thomas is now leading us through an example project. He uses the computer program CorelDRAW to draw a simple circle, enters in a few printing specifications and then presses ‘print’. A perfect circle is cut out of plywood by the machine in three seconds and its edges smell like fire.

Different cuts and etching the laser cutter can do

After a bit more friendly instruction on using raster versus vector images (hint: raster = engraving, vector = cutting), kiss cutting (less romantic that it sounds, this is a ‘half-way-through’ cut), and several useful tips, it was time to try our own hand on the machine.

Sitting down at the computer, I searched Google images and selected a picture. With a few clicks the picture was translated by the software and, with a few more, some font was added and it was ready to go. Four minutes later, I’m opening the laser printer top to bring out the final product. Success! 

We each take turns creating something new on the machine. There are few limits and Thomas is patient in helping us bring our visions to life. First, three tiny cranes are cut out to make jewelry and then the Toronto skyline is freed from plywood. Meanwhile, I’m admiring my lizard.

As the workshop draws to a close, I take some time to ask the other ladies why they signed up. Kathy is an artist with work currently on exhibit at Arts Underground (Coleoptera Embellished). She is looking at new ways to work with wood to create beautiful art. Selene is inspired to make jewelry. Kaitlin is the new executive director at the Old Log Church Museum and, aside from making gift shop items, is thinking of ways to develop interactive displays to bring history to life for visitors. On his end, our instructor Thomas has always been a maker and became interested in the laser cutter when he needed to precisely cut a very thin piece of wood for the telescope he was building.

Me? I’m hooked. You’ll know where to find me when the snow blows in winter.

– Ksenia

For more information on upcoming workshops, visit: http://yukonstruct.com/events/ 

Intro to CorelDRAW – Cancelled

** Please note that this workshop in partnership with the City of Whitehorse has been cancelled. If you are still interested in taking Intro to CorelDRAW please email [email protected] to find out when the next course will be offered. **


Learn the basics to get you started designing in CorelDRAW!

CorelDRAW is a vector graphics editor designed to create and edit two-dimensional images such as logos and posters. YuKonstruct uses CorelDRAW as the graphic design software for the makerspace’s laser cutter. With this course, you will learn the fundamental skills you will need to start creating your own projects.

 

About the Instructor: Chris Lloyd is a dedicated YuKonstruct volunteer and has a diploma in Architectural Technology and several years of professional experience with computer aided drafting and design programs.

$40 Registration
Maximum 6 participants

Register online through the City of Whitehorse Recreation & Facilities Services Online – Barcode 65392

 

LDAY Staff day at YuKonstruct

The staff from Learning Disabilities Association Yukon (LDAY) wanted to do something together as a group and try something new in town- so they decided to check out YuKonstruct!

We were happy to give them a tour and a taste of what can be made here at the Makerspace!

LDAY at YuKonstruct

After checking out the space and asking lots of questions, the 6 staff members got to work creating holiday cut outs for the laser cutter. Some even created their own designs (because “dinosaurs are awesome”).

 

 

 

LDAY at YuKonstruct 2

The whole crew from LDAY enjoyed getting out of the office to try something new!

If you have a group of people interested in checking out the space here, please contact us at [email protected] or drop in for our Open House on Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm.

 

 

Laser Cutter 101

If this training session is full, please sign up for the waitlist to be notified if a spot opens up in this session, or when another Laser Cutter 101 is scheduled.

Get started using the laser cutter! This hour-and-a-half-long session covers the basics of how to use YuKonstruct’s laser cutter including safety, ventilation, raster and vector design, print settings, and cutting and etching different materials.

Considered orientation and safety training for the Epilog Fusion laser cutter for YuKonstruct members.

About the instructor: Andrew has been involved with YuKonstruct since before the grand opening and is eager to teach everyone how to use the laser cutter.

Please note this training is only available to YuKonstruct members. Not a member? Sign up now!

Maximum 3 participants

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION

  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150

  [email protected]

HOURS OF OPERATION
NorthLight Innovation
Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
Makespace
Wed – Sun: 1pm to 9pm
Cospace
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

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