Cutting & Milling

Laser Cutting

A laser cutter is an amazingly powerful digital fabrication tool used for computationally cutting and engraving a variety of materials. At the Hill Library Makerspace, we offer a laser cutting service to all current NC State University students, faculty, and staff.

We will only cut or engrave materials that we have sourced. We offer only these materials for laser cutting:

  • Wood Fiberboard
  • Birch Plywood
  • Bamboo Plywood
  • Chipboard
  • Clear Acrylic
  • Black Acrylic
  • Red Acrylic
  • Cardboard
  • Crescent Matboard (black)
  • Rubber (gray)

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.

Request an appointment to get started on a Laser Cutting project.


The Libraries now offers CNC milling on an Othermill desktop milling machine. Access to the Othermill requires a tool-specific safety training, in addition to the Hill Library Makerspace Orientation. Othermill safety training is not available during the COVID19 pandemic. Please contact Justin Haynes with any questions.

The Othermill may only be used with materials provided by the Libraries. We offer the following:



Birch Plywood Milling Blank

5" x 7"

Machining Wax

3" x 3" x 0.5"

Machinable Foam

4" x 5" x 1"

Printed Circuit Board Blank

4" x 5" x 0.0629"

Polycarbonate Sheet

4" x 5" x 0.0236"