CNC Laser Design
* Webcam and microphone are needed
Course Infomation

CNC Laser Design
Build and operate a small laser engraver/cutter

Entry Level - No prerequisite training required
This is an introductory automation course * Webcam and microphone are needed

  • Learn Lightburn control software
  • Assembly Mechanics and Processes
  • Linear Motion Systems
  • Laser Safety
  • Laser wavelengths and application
  • Laser technologies for use manufacturing
  • 3D Drive systems
  • Rotary Rollers
  • Material tables and work holding
  • Air Assist technology
  • Use of various shop hand tools (die grinders, drills, dremel, DA Sander)
  • 3D Design overview (For fabrication of Laser motion system)
  • 3D printing for manufacturing (Used in making some of our parts for the machine)
  • CNC Manufacturing Technology
  • G-Code and toolpath creation
  • Laser cutter/engraver control software
  • Electronic control systems
  • Wiring electronic components
  • Cable management

Course Overview

This is one of a couple introductory CNC/Automation course we offer. The principles of motion control are fairly common throughout all computer controlled machinery yet there are some specifics that come into play when you get to a particular type of system such as laser, milling, waterjet, plasma and similar. In this course we will cover all the major elements needed for computer control machine motion but also the use and concerns surrounding laser cutting and engraving. This means a fair amount of software training and small lab projects.

The unit we'll be building is a small hobby laser engraver. This is a small device that does work pretty good but understand it is "hobby grade" and not a professional machine by any means. We use it in class strictly as a way to be able to discuss and test the various principles surrounding the field.

Another core topic of the course is the design of your own custom machine. This is "on paper" only and we do not build another larger machine in class. We talk about the various elements needed and have class exercise were we research the parts needed, where to buy them, and how much they cost. We'll focus on the C02 laser system but the concepts could be used to build any type or even just scale up the class machine.

A common topic throughout all our Advanced Aerospace courses is the integration of disparate engineering disciplines and learning what you can do with a limited budget but strong technological understanding. There are more and more functional yet cheaply made tech products in the marketplace, yet with the right training and creative mind, often many of these products can be developed into quite viable pieces of equipment. This of course can have a substantial cost savings over going with a professional vendor and the benefit of having the product technicians in house.

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Important - You will need a CTCLink ID number in order for us to help you over the phone or in person. You can follow the steps below to get one.

Fill out an application to Edmonds College:
Online Admissions Application

A few notes for your application:
Enroll as: "First Year"
Program: "Professional Technical"
Term: "_____" (Season plus year, such as: Spring 2023)
Degree or Certificate: "Undecided - Professional Technical"

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Registering Online

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  • Choose "Manage Classes"
  • "Class Search and Enroll"
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NOTE - All our classes fall under "Special Topics: Manufacturing".

Contact Damian Cianci at if you have any questions.