Cutting & Milling
A laser cutter is an amazingly powerful digital fabrication tool used for computationally cutting and engraving a variety of materials. At the D.H. Hill Makerspace, we offer a laser cutting service to all current NCSU students, faculty, and staff. The service costs are $5 per 15 minutes of appointment time, with a $10 minimum, plus material costs. We will only cut or engrave materials that we have sourced, listed below.
You do not need to attend a Makerspace Orientation prior to your appointment. For safety reasons, only library staff are able to operate the laser cutter.
Design guidelines: In preparing your files (e.g. in Illustrator or Inkscape), please use a canvas of 11.5" x 23.5" and for your cut lines use paths with a stroke weight of 0.001 inches. Any content of thicker weight will be engraved rather than cut.
We offer only these materials for laser cutting:
|Wood Fiberboard||12" x 24"*||1/8" thick at $6/sheet||More info|
|Birch Plywood||12" x 24"*||1/8" thick at $10/sheet||More info|
|Clear Acrylic||12" x 24"*||1/16" at $10/sheet, 1/8" thick at $14/sheet, 1/4" at $24.25/sheet||More info|
|Black Acrylic||12" x 24"*||1/8" thick at $14/sheet, 1/16" at $15/sheet||More info|
|Red Acrylic||12" x 24"*||1/8" thick at $13.50/sheet||More info|
|Delrin (Acetal Resin)||12" x 24"*||1/8" thick at $34/sheet (white), $35/sheet (black)||More info|
|Bamboo Plywood||various*||12x12x1/16" at $16/sheet, 12x24x1/8" at $29.50/sheet||More info|
|Crescent Matboard (Black)||12" x 20"*||0.055" thick at $2.25/sheet||More info|
|Rubber (gray)||8.25" x 11.75"||0.110" thick at $17.25/sheet||More info|
|Cardboard & Chipboard||12" x 12"*||Various thicknesses; free (charged for appointment time only)||N/A|
If you would like to suggest we stock a new material for our laser cutting service, please email us at with a potential supplier.
* Please note that all dimensions listed above are not exact. We often receive material with up to 1/2" less on one dimension or another. So, for 12" x 24" materials, plan on 11.5" x 23.5" to be safe.
You can pay for this service with funds on your AllCampus card or charge to a departmental account. To charge to a department, please bring the following information: Department, Project ID number, and Bookkeeper's name, phone number, and email. We cannot charge to grant accounts, which have Project ID numbers starting with a 5.
The Libraries now offer CNC milling on an Othermill desktop milling machine. Access to the Othermill requires a tool-specific safety training, in addition to the D.H. Hill Makerspace Orientation. To schedule the Othermill Safety Training, please contact Justin Haynes (email@example.com).
The Othermill may only be used with materials that are purchased from the Libraries. We offer the following for sale in the D.H. Hill Library Makerspace:
|Birch Plywood Milling Blank||5" x 7"||$2.75|
|Machining Wax||3" x 3" x 0.5"||$12.00|
|Machinable Foam||4" x 5" x 1"||$16.00|
|Printed Circuit Board Blank||4" x 5" x 0.0629"||$2.00 (double sided)|
|Polycarbonate Sheet||4" x 5" x 0.0236"||$5.75|