Provide a physical item that illustrates your ability to develop a 2D Geometry file,  prepare the CAD file in secondary laser application, and utilize laser cutting, engraving and scoring techniques.


  • Prepare a CAD File that utilizes application options, 2D Curve/Polyline geometry, layers & editing tools within Rhinoceros 3D
  • Geometry must be prepared for laser cutting, engraving and scoring processes
  • Successfully export from Rhino as [.dxf] file-type, and import into LaserCut
  • Properly prepare LaserCut file settings/preferences
  • Exhibit understanding of Equipment Policy & Procedure
  • Participate in Fire Extinguisher Identification and Use Training, provided by Environmental Health & Safety
  • Provide documentation of your work (Rhino File, LaserCut File, Images)

*READ ME* The following is a suggested project. You are NOT required to follow these guidelines. You may create your own original project if you prefer:

Using a Clock Kit, and Acrylic Sheet- utilize Laser Cutting, Engraving and Scoring Techniques to create a functional Clock. This Project should illustrate the User’s ability to properly prepare a CAD File within Rhinoceros 3D for Laser Processing.



  • (1) 12″ x 12″ x 1/8″ (305mm x 305mm x 3mm) Acrylic Sheet
  • (1) Clock Kit



Step 1

1. Begin by determining your Tools, Application Environments and Materials :

i. Tools: Rabbit Laser System

a. Power: 80 Watt

b. Bed Size: 1200mm x 900mm (47.25in x 36.43in)

ii. Applications: Rhinoceros 3D, LaserCut

iii. Materials: Available for purchase from IDeATe Lending (A29)

a. Suggested: Acrylic Sheet : 12″ x 12″ x 1/8″ (305mm x 305mm x 3mm)

b. For Suggested Clock Project: 12″ x 12″ x 1/8″ (305mm x 305mm x 3mm) & Clock Kit



2. Prepare your CAD File

i. 2D Geometry: Begin drawing and outlining your CAD file with Curve/Polyline creation and editing commands. Rhinoceros 3D Tutorials, Rhino File Prep for Clock Kit

ii. Organization & planning: Create Layers, and label them as ‘CUTTING’; ‘SCORING’ & ‘ENGRAVING’. Make the layer geometry identifiable by changing the layer color. Transfer geometry to these layers as necessary, to keep your file organized and understandable.



3. Export your CAD File

i. SELECT the geometry you would like to export. (DO NOT USE ‘Save as..’)

ii. Go to the FILE drop-down menu, and select the EXPORT SELECTED option.

iii. Export your file (preferably to a USB Flash Drive) as an AutoCAD [.dxf] file format.



4. Import, prepare, & send your file: LaserCut Tutorial

i. Find an open/available Laser System- using the computer, transfer your AutoCAD [.dxf] file to the desktop.

ii. Open the LaserCut Application.

iii. IMPORT your AutoCAD [.dxf] file into LaserCut. (use IMPORT, not OPEN)

iv. Unite Lines, and begin setting your preferences for each grouping/layer.

v. Download the file to the Laser Equipment.



5. Complete the process *see note 5

i. Prepare your material for Laser processing.

ii. Properly set the Z-Axis, and power ON the Lighting, Laser Power, and Socket Switch buttons.

iii. Close Lid, and use TEST to draw outline of Laser file.

a. IF all is aligned properly: Close lid and push START

b. IF TEST outline goes over your Material boundaries, adjust settings and/or file, re-download, and re-TEST.

*Note 5: The following should be completed and exercised to achieve & retain access to IDeATe Laser Equipment:

1. User must review and follow Laser Equipment Policy

2. User must review and follow Laser Equipment Procedure

3. User must participate and complete Environmental Health & Safety’s Fire Extinguisher Identification and Use Training

i. Fire Extinguisher Identification Training is offered in-class

ii. If you missed class on this day, you should schedule/reserve a spot in the next offering.



6. Submission/Documentation/Review: Guidlines

i. Provide (5) Semi-Professional Photographs of your work.

ii. Submit all relevant files:

a. Rhino File [.3DM]

c. LaserCut File [.EPS]

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