In the Engineering Electronics Shop is a VersaLaser VL300 printer. Around the Seamans Center are signs made on the VersaLaser. John K. used the VersaLaser etch numbers and letters on connectors on equipment used in the Juno mission that is on its way to Jupiter. And closer to home you can see touch panels for the flight simulator at the Iowa Children's Museum at the Coral Ridge Mall.
How to Use It
Anyone can submit a drawing to be cut or etched. The cost is $2.50 per minute of run time. Thinner, softer materials will cut faster. The shops uses Corel Draw x6 to print to the laser. (The
college has a site license for Corel Draw.) Corel Draw will import GIF, bitmap, Word, AutoCad, DXF, Adobe Illustrator, and Macromedia Freehand files (GIF, BMP, AI, CAL, CLK, CDR, CFX, CGX, CMX, CPT, CSL, CUR, DES, DWG, DXF, EMF, FH, GEM, DOC, HTML).
This chart lists materials that can be engraved or cut on the VersaLaser.
Images work best in high contrast gray scale or black and white. Text works best as true type (so it can be scaled), and if it is to be cut out, the text needs to be a stencil font. Customers
should provide their own material. The bed size is 24 by 12 inches.
The VersaLaser can print on wood, plastic, fabric, glass, ceramic, metal, and more. The VersaLaser in the EES has printed marijuana leaves on 1/8" masonite cardboard (for a UI Theater production of "Reefer Madness"), staff name tags, many signs, ECS laptop identification numbers, engraving on staff longevity awards, and face plates for research equipment. Here are several examples.