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]

Book Appointments for Laser Cutters

Get Certified  For Laser Cutters

Guides For Download

Laser Cutting Quick Start Guide

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 Size40"x24"
Max depth ranges from 3/8" to 1/2" depending on material.
File TypesIllustrator (.ai) vector file preferred, AutoCAD (.dwg), CorelDraw, SVG, PDF vector formats, and non-vector formats such as . JPG, . PNG, and . BMP
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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Schedule an appointment

To use Acuity, use the embedded page below and select the resource you wish to use. Note, some resources have longer lead times than others. After making the appointment, you’ll get an email with information about your reservation.

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This Acuity page is for making appointments with the Advanced Output Center in the Sullivan Center. If you’re intending to book time for laser cutting at 280 Digital Fabrication Studio, click here.