Zing Training

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Members must be trained before using the Zing 24 laser cutter.

The curriculum for training is still being developed, but so far it consists of:

  • Fire Safety and protocol
    • Always watch the machine
    • Some flame (about birthday-candle amount) is expected and normal for wood, acrylic, etc. when cutting.
    • Venting and air-assist help control flame
    • In case of too much fire:
      1. Open lid to turn off laser. This will usually put it out.
      2. Blow it out.
      3. If it's safe to remove the item from the laser cutter, do so.
      4. If that doesn't work, use fire extinguisher.
      5. If necessary, evacuate and call 911
  • Material Safety
    • Go over good materials, general rules
    • Go over bad materials, and why
    • Go over iffy materials
  • Usage Protocol
    • First-come, first served, don't bogart the laser cutter.
    • Class/event reservations
    • No designing on the print server.
  • Machine usage
    • MAFF
      • Material: Is the material suitable for cutting/engraving?
      • Air: Is the air on the vent and air assist?
      • Fit: Does the job fit the 24x12 bed of the Zing?
      • Focus: Is the focus of the machine appropriate for the job?
    • How to process a job from design to product
      1. Design in Inkscape/CorelDraw/Illustrator/CAD/etc
        • Hairlines for vectors
        • Wider stuff/fills/bitmaps for rasters
        • Use of color for different material settings.
      2. Print to PDF
      3. On print server, load PDF in Acrobat
      4. Print to Zing
        1. Go to Properties to access Epilog Dashboard
        2. Set "page size", job type, power and speed settings as per material
        3. Print
      5. Make sure machine is set up
        • MAFF
      6. (Optional) Print dry-run, "Go" with lid up, red pointer on.
      7. With lid closed, "Go" the job.
      8. Supervise job, watching for fire/danger.
    • Documentation
      • Wiki
      • Manuals in drawer, including book of all the materials.
      • Sign-up sheets
      • etc.
    • Policies
      • Don't let non-trained use it, with you "supervising"
      • Make sure machine is set up before you use it.
      • Make sure machine is cleaned up when done.
      • Use "Watch one, help one, do one". First watch a cut, the have someone help you with cutting, then do one on your own. It is not just get the training and you're done.