Laser Cutting & Engraving

What is Laser Cutting and Engraving?

The Epilog Mini 18 laser machine in MetaSpace 511 is able to cut and engrave different types of materials. The term “laser” is just an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Basically a beam of light is reflected through a series of mirrors that point the beam downward through a lens. The lens concentrates the light into heat at an exact point. During laser engraving, the surface of the your material is melted or vaporized by the heat generated from the laser beam. The image to be engraved is usually sent via engraving software directly to the laser engraver. The laser beam can be used to cut and engrave a variety of different materials–wood, leather, chipboard, glass, and many others. 

Click here to see some examples of the incredible things laser engravers can do.

What equipment is available at MCL?

Mukwonago Community Library has one Epilog Legend Series Mini 18 laser engraver. We also have a rotary attachment which allows you to engrave cylindrical objects.

How can I see the laser engraver in action, or even use it myself?

There are two ways:

  1. Through a library-led program. Be sure to check out our online calendar for upcoming programs.
  2. Email or call (262) 363-6411 Ext. 4111 with your project idea and to setup an appointment to come in to learn and use the laser machine.