Laser Training (Level 1) with Chris Reid


May 14


02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

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Site 3 coLaboratory

718 R Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON M6G 3T7

Toronto, ON, CA, M6G 3T7

Ever wanted to burn things with light? Create interesting and finely detailed crafts and decorative objects with
Site3’s Laser Training!

Ever wanted to burn things with light? Create interesting and finely detailed crafts and decorative objects?

Site3 CoLaboratory’s Laser Training will help set you on the path to do just that!

In this course you will learn how to create basic vector documents with an eye towards their use in laser etching/cutting, including formatting, sizing, and other nuisances of making sure your file prints right every time. Similarly, you will learn how to use the laser etcher at Site3, including safe turning on and off; where to touch and where not to touch; materials to use and which to never use; and the strange alchemy that is behind making a cut work properly.

By the end of this course, every participant will have created a ‘proof of laser use’ design, and may cut their own version of the project to keep, using a vector program (Illustrator or CorelDraw ideally, though any vector-based program should work).

All participants are asked to bring a laptop, loaded with whichever vector software is preferred, (Illustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape) and a USB drive to upload files to the machine.

Anyone wishing to use the laser at Site 3 must complete this course, so it’s a good idea to take it! Laser Safety will be covered extensively, to ensure the continued happy life of the laser, and you! Please be courteous to your fellow students and pick a relatively simple project for the first time!

Perfect for that last minute X-mass gift!


  • You must have a basic understanding of vector illustration in order to take this class.
  • Acrylic is supplied for this class. If you wish to laser something else, you must clear it with the event host before arrival. 
  • PVC and ABS plastics, Lexan or other polycarbonate, and things which are apt to let off a lot of foul smoke are not permitted in the laser.