Before you cut / engrave anything, you should learn how to setup projects in Inkscape (vector design program) for the Epilog laser. I recommend Inkscape because it is easy to use and FREE, so you can download it at home without any issues. As you get more advanced, you can transition to Adobe Illustrator.
Once you know how to setup your laser job in Inkscape, you can proceed to the laser. This video shows demonstrates how to operate the Epilog laser from start to finish. I recommend you watch this video and practice a simple job before moving on to more complex operations, such as color mapping or making stamps.
After you watch the videos, it is a good idea to read the laser guide to make sure you understand all of the steps. Included in the text guide are images with relevant sections circled so that they are easy to follow.
You can't laser everything. In fact--some materials will destroy the machine and release toxic vapors. Please read over this list if you are considering using a material other than wood or acrylic in the machine.
Ready for a challenge? Check out the list of potential projects to test your skills (generally go from easy to hard).
- 3D artwork
- Multi-part artwork that stacks or fits together to form a 3D object / sculpture / sign
- Board game
- Take your favorite board game and laser all of the pieces
- Large map with regions / states / countries that fit together
Operation and Safety Test
You must pass the laser operation and safety test before you use the machine. Please read over the guides and check out the laser "do and don't" page before you take the test.