Laser Cutter Station

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Using the controls seen in the previous image, the user here holds up a bee that was cut by the laser cutter machine right next to him!

    1. Learn by Designing
      1. Mathematics and spatial understanding: Exploring the 2D and 3D design environments, vector design, alignment tools, measuring, object scaling, division and calculation accuracy.
    2. Learning by Fabricating
      1. Operating Machines: Cut settings such as stroke, fill, hairline, raster and image engraving.
      2. Science Learning: Vector and spatial visualization.
    3. Laser cutters make 2D and 3D objects by cutting or etching materials in 2 dimensions. The pieces can then be joined together after being cut to make 3D objects. Skills are built in terms of planning and assembling the various pieces. Students jump right in by hand writing 2D designs and converting them into vectors which are then exported to the laser cutter. The next stage for students is to learn how to draw with 2D design programs such as adobe illustrator. Visualizing how the pieces come together enhances spatial understanding skills.

School Fab Lab provides stations such as this and others to aid students in learning about digital fabrication. Using virtual reality, students are more engaged and retain the knowledge even better! Fab Lab VR is an immersive environment where one can test out machines such as 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, Vinyl Cutters as well as drones and robotics.

You can see more about School Fab Lab and Fab Lab VR at SchoolFabLab.com and FabLabVR.com