Use of the laser cutters is limited to students who have been certified and paid for a Digital Fabrication Subscription.
Visit the 'Reserve a Laser Cutter' link above
Select a reservation length (options are 30, 60 & 90 minutes)
Select a day
You can reserve up to 3 days in advance
Select a time
Enter your full name, e-mail address, EID, and answer the additional questions
This helps us ensure that you've selected the proper reservation type for the material you're cutting.
You need to have all your prep work: files, templates, materials, etc. completed BEFORE the start of your reservation! If you leave the laser cutter room to go purchase materials, etc. you will lose your reservation.
You know how long your reservation is, so please wrap up on time; that way the next person can begin their reservation on time. Don't begin another cut if your time is almost up.
If you need to cancel your reservation, visit us at the desk, e-mail us, or call us at 512-471-1189.
If you have not arrived within 10 minutes (within 5 minutes for certifications) of your reservation start time, we will cancel your reservation and you will be fined $10 per 30 minutes of the reserved time. If you cannot or will not make your reservation, please notify the Tech Desk.
Can I cut without a reservation?
Yes, walk-ins are permitted but must finish cutting before the next reservation begins.
Can I pick which laser cutter I want to reserve?
No – the system does not allow you to request a particular machine. The reservation types help us match you to the correct laser cutter ventilation system for your materials.
Can I sign up for back-to-back timeslots?
No – we only allow 90 minutes of reserved laser cutter time per day. If you need longer, schedule your cuts over multiple days or cut on low-volume days when the laser cutters are free. Signing up for more than 90 minutes per day will count as a policy offense.
But Laser Cutter #X doesn’t work well!
If you are having problems with the performance of one of the laser cutters, please let the Service Desk Staff know immediately so that we can have the problem fixed.