Laser Cutter Scrap Pile

Greetings laser cutter users.

The pile of laser cutter scraps is getting a little bit out of control and so I wanted to give a bit of instruction and advice regarding left-over laser cutter material. Any material in the bin opposite of Lugi is available for anyone to use. And we appreciate you leaving any extra materials there for others to use. That said, please only leave pieces that have a decent amount of usable area. A good rule of thumb is an area that is about 6in x 6in or larger. Anything smaller than that is probably not worth saving.

Also, if you would be so kind as to take the time to cut usable pieces out of your scrap so we don’t end up with 4ft x 4ft sheets with only a square foot or so of useable material taking up a bunch of room. It doesn’t take long to measure and draw a rectangle to laser cut out a nice piece to leave and then discard the rest. Or, if you prefer, you can take it to the wood shop and use the band saw. Do NOT use the table saw as the charred edges from laser cutting have been known to be conductive enough to trigger the saw stop.

Finally, if you are looking for a way to volunteer a bit of time to the FabLab, feel free to go through the scrap pile and cut out some smaller usable pieces and then discard the rest in the dumpster. It will make the space look nicer and make the left over material easier to find and use.

Many thanks.


I’ll make a point of pruning some to help move it in the right direction.