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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

Innovative Media staff

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

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 by going through a brief in-person training session with a staff member.


For information about how to attend an orientation before using the laser cutter/engraver, visit the Orientations and Guidelines page.


For instructions on using the laser or prepping files to be cut or engraved, visit the Detailed Instructions page or our Laser Cutter Gif Guide.


Scroll down for Epilog Zing 24 specifications and list of materials that can be cut/engraved. Additional information available on the Epilog Zing 24 manual.

Epilog Zing 24 Specifications

Engraving Area 24" x 12" 
(610 x 305 mm)
Maximum Material Thickness 7.75" (197 mm)
Laser Wattage 50 watts
Safety 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. Also uses an air assist, 350 - 400 CFM (595-680 m3/hr) external exhaust to the outside or internal filtration system.
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.

Materials

indicates that a material can be cut or engraved using The Workshop's Epilog Zing laser cutter/engraver.

Visit the recommended settings section of the detailed instructions for suggestions of power, speed and frequency settings for each material.

 

 
  Engrave Cut
Wood
Acrylic
Fabric
Glass  
Coated Metals  
Ceramic  
Delrin
Cloth
Leather
Marble  
Matte Board
Melamine
Paper
Mylar
Pressboard
Rubber
Wood Veneer
Fiberglass
Painted Metals  
Tile  
Plastic
Cork
Corian
Anodized Aluminum  
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.

Are you interested in cutting or engraving a material that isn't listed? Ask a Makerspace attendant for help before attempting the job. Dangerous Materials include PVC, Fiberglass, Polycarbonate, Vinyl. Epilog also tests new materials in their applications lab.