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Introduction to Laser Cutting: Wooden Coaster Tiles at MadFabLab

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42 Edge Street

Manchester

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Want to get creative with laser cutting?

Learn to add the personal touch in this two hour introduction to laser cutting. Starting with the basics of designing in Inkscape, you'll go on to create a beautiful, unique wooden coaster etched with your photo.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting and etching.

Equipment you’ll need

All you'll need to bring for the workshop is a photo from your collection. All other materials and equipment will be provided on the day.

What will you learn?

  • How to create a simple shape in Inkscape, a free, open source graphics editor.
  • Manipulating your photo with Adobe Photoshop
  • How to transfer your design to the laser cutter, using Laserscript 5.3 software
  • Setting up the laser cutter to watch your design come to life

Your Tutor

Particle physicist turned MadFabLab manager Dr Marieke Navin can play a mean glass harp (an instrument made of wine glasses filled with varying amounts of water) and her icing sugar fireworks once caused evacuation of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Her ambitious science communication projects have included an adult ball pool, a giant fractal made from over a million business cards, and a digital game #HookedOnMusic that explores catchy music and the link with dementia and has been played in every country on the planet.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This course is for adults, but capable under-18s are welcome with an accompanying adult (all participants need their own tickets)

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

he MadFabLab is in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

Getting to us by private transport

By car. If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk

What's the refund policy?

Please find MadLab's Cancellation Policy here.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

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