Cutting & Milling
A laser cutter is an amazingly powerful digital fabrication tool used for cutting and engraving a variety of materials.
Laser cutting service
At the Hill Library Makerspace, we offer a laser cutting service to all current NC State University students, faculty, and staff.
Request an appointment to get started on a laser cutting project. 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.
Materials: We will only cut or engrave materials that we have sourced, which include a variety of wood, acrylic, cardboard and chipboard, Crescent matboard, and rubber.
Milling is the machining process of removing material from an object using a computer-controlled rotary bit.
The Libraries now offers CNC milling on an Othermill desktop milling machine.
How to access the Makerspace's milling machine
In order to access the Othermill machine, you'll need to take two trainings:
- Makerspace Orientation (offered online)
- Tool-specific safety training: contact Justin Haynes to schedule this
Using the milling machine
Materials: The Othermill may only be used with materials provided by the Libraries, which include birch plywood, machining wax and foam, polycarbonate, and printed circuit board (PCB) blanks.