Laser 102: Introduction to Software

This class will show you where to get started with using Mongo, Nova Lab’s totally awesome 100-watt CO2 laser cutter !

This class will explain:

  • Basic laser cutting concepts such as speed, power, and cutting modes.
  • Vector graphics concepts such as stroke and color and using them to program the laser.
  • Software Packages: Inkscape and LaserCut and how they are used in the laser cutter workflow.
  • How to use the Test Cards to determine proper speed/power settings.

To familiarize you with the entire workflow, you will be taken step by step through the process of how to define basic shapes in Inkscape and then send them to the Laser Cutter. Other topics like the Rotational Tool attachment, used for etching cylindrial objects will also be discussed.


  • You should be familiar with basic PC concepts like cut and paste, and how to use a mouse to drag, drop, and copy files.

Some experience with any vector graphics program will be helpful but is not mandatory. A laptop loaded with Inkscape (it’s free) -, would be ideal, but is also not mandatory.

Note !

· This class should not be confused with the mandatory laser safety class, Laser 101, which must be taken prior to using the Laser Cutter. Laser 102 is NOT mandatory. You may take the 2 classes in any order.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great class, learned good tips, now need to start using Inkscape!

    February 20, 2013

  • Bob C.

    Nova Labs Wiki has lots of additional Laser Cutter information -

    February 18, 2013

  • Bob C.

    Hi Everyone. Thanks for attending. Here is the link to the preso
    Also remember to register on and join [masked] mailing list and post your questions to our community..

    February 16, 2013

    • Eric M.

      Thanks for the slides link Bob. I enjoyed the class today.

      February 16, 2013

  • Mary D.

    Very good program--I learned some great tips!

    February 16, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Current (known) issues with the Amazon payment system changed my RSVP to "no", but I DO plan to attend and will pay the fee with cash tomorrow. See you all there.

    February 15, 2013

    • Bob C.

      Total no worries. See you tomorrow !

      February 15, 2013

  • Samuel D.

    Is it required to take Laser 101 before taking this class? Because of conflicts I had to switch my Laser 101 class to later than this class. Thanks!

    January 31, 2013

    • Bob C.

      Samuel - You do not need to take 101 before you take 102, but you must take 101 before using the laser. Let me know if you have any other questions !

      February 1, 2013

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