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Use the laser cutter/engraver

VCU Libraries is excited to announce the availability of a laser cutter/engraver in the Innovative Media department on the lower level of Cabell Library. Explore the guidelines and other materials to help you use them effectively.

Innovative Media staff

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Eric Johnson
Contact:
Cabell Library, Lower Level Room 078

Mailing:
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033

(804) 828-2802
Website / Blog Page

Innovative Media staff

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Ken Hopson
Contact:
James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Ave
Richmond, VA 23284
804.827.3594
Website / Blog Page

About the Zing 24

The Epilog Zing 24 laser cutter/engraver is capable of etching and/or cutting a wide range of materials, from wood to acrylic to glass to marble and much more.  Users are trained on the machine first by watching the 20-minute training video and then going through a brief in-person training session with a staff member.

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See Guidelines for more information on training and operation.

Epilog Zing 24 Specifications

Engraving Area 24" x 12" 
(610 x 305 mm)
Maximum Material Thickness 7.75" (197 mm)
Laser Wattage 50 watts
Laser Source State-of-the-art, digitally controlled, air-cooled CO2 laser tubes are fully modular, permanently aligned and field replaceable.
Intelligent Memory Capacity Multiple file storage up to 64 MB. Rolling buffer allows files of any size to be engraved.
Air Assist Includes an air compressor to remove heat and combustible gases from the cutting surface by directing a constant stream of compressed air across the cutting surface.
Laser Dashboard     The Laser Dashboard™ controls your Epilog Laser's settings from a wide range of software packages - from design programs to spreadsheet applications to CAD drawing packages.
Red Dot Pointer Since the laser beam is invisible, the Red Dot Pointer on Epilog's Zing Laser allows you to have a visual reference for locating where the laser will fire.
Relocatable Home When engraving items that are not easily placed at the top corner of the laser, you can set a new home position by hand with the convenient Movable Home Position feature on the Zing Laser.
Operating Modes Optimized raster, vector or combined modes.
Motion Control System High-speed micro stepper motors.
X-Axis Bearings     Shielded Roller Bearing Assembly on a Ceramic Coated Aluminum Guide Rail.
Belts Advanced B-style Kevlar Belts.
Resolution User controlled from 100 to 1000 dpi.
Speed and Power Control Computer or manually control speed and power in 1% increments to 100%. Vector color mapping links speed, power and focus to any RGB color.
Print Interface USB Connection. Compatible with Windows® XP/Vista/7/8.
Size (W x D x H) 38" x 27.25" x 15" (965 x 692 x 381 mm)
Weight 140 lbs (64 kg)
Electrical Requirements Auto-switching power supply accommodates 110 to 240 volts, 50 or 60 Hz, single phase, 15 amp AC.
Maximum Table Weight The Zing 16 and 24 have a static table weight of 50 lbs (22.7 kg) and a lifting table weight of 25 lbs (11.5 kg).
Ventilation System 350 - 400 CFM (595-680 m3/hr) external exhaust to the outside or internal filtration system is required. There is one output port, 4" in diameter.

More information on the Epilog Zing 24 laser cutter/engraver.

Materials

  Engrave Cut
Wood x x
Acrylic x x
Fabric x x
Glass x  
Coated Metals x  
Ceramic x  
Delrin x x
Cloth x x
Leather x x
Marble x  
Matte Board x x
Melamine x x
Paper x x
Mylar x x
Pressboard x x
Rubber x x
Wood Veneer x x
Fiberglass x x
Painted Metals x  
Tile x  
Plastic x x
Cork x x
Corian x x
Anodized Aluminum x  
Stainless Steel *  
Brass *  
Titanium *  
Bare Metals *  
* CO2 lasers will mark bare metals when coated with a metal marking solution. For more information, visit Epilog's laser metal marking page.
Do you have a material you would like Epilog to test? Their Applications Team would be happy to assist. Contact Innovative Media for more information.

 

Information on this page is primarily provided by Epilog.