Chapter 14. Laser Cutting

The last digital manufacturing technique we are going to consider is laser cutting. Nowadays, it seems like without a laser cutter, you can’t be a maker. Though we don’t necessarily agree with that assessment, we do agree that a laser cutter is a very important tool in a maker’s toolbox.


The word laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation: big words that basically mean “watch out, this burns!”

A laser can direct a lot of power to a very small area, thereby melting, burning, or even vaporizing the material we are working on (or enemy robots). Based on this principle, laser cutters have been created that are capable of working on a wide range of materials.

Laser Cutters

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