Laser Cutting at The Advanced Output Center

The laser cutters at the AOC are available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff at SAIC. All users must attend an certification prior to using the laser cutters. [more]


 View Today’s Schedule 

Please check in or call a lab monitor for resource use/reservation.

Resources are due back 30 minutes before closing.

Actual availability may differ from what is posted on this schedule, as reservations sometimes cancel and/or reserved users continue cutting into unreserved timeslots.

Get Certified  For Laser Cutters

Guides For Download

Laser Cutting Guide (PDF)

Trotec Rotary Guide (PDF)

Trotec Vision Guide (PDF)


Materials Request Form (PDF) – This is a request to approve new materials for use in the shops and/or classrooms.


 Illustrator File Template – AI files with correct Artboard sizes for use with Trotec cutter.

View Approved Materials and Recommended Settings – This document consists of recommended settings for all the approved materials for laser cutting on the Trotec laser cutter.



LocationAOC, 1232 Sullivan
AccessSelf-serve, open to currently enrolled students, active faculty and staff;
Users must be certified prior to use;
See Access section for details.
Laser Specs120 Watt C02 laser
Max Sheet Size39"x24"
Max depth ranges from 3/8" to 1/2" depending on material.
File TypesIllustrator (.ai) vector files, AutoCAD (.dwg)
MaterialNon-reflective, non-toxic flat sheet material. See Approved Materials List for details.
Applicable Fines$50 minimum fine for irresponsible cutting, damage, etc. See Fines section for details.
Pricing & FeesFree



Raster Engraving Estimations

These are rough estimations for raster engraving on the Trotec using 100% speed. If you go at a slower speed, times will increase. All times are in (minutes):(seconds). The DPI is changed on the print dialog just before sending the file to JobControl.

Engraving Size

DPI Selected

125 DPI250 DPI333 DPI500 DPI600 DPI1000 DPI




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