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Michigan State University

Laser Cutting

What is a Laser Cutter?

Our Laser Cutter

Thunder Nova 35 Laser Cutter

Laser cutters work by burning or vaporizing material to create precise cuts and delivate engravings. Our laser is 100 watts and can cut most materials up to 1/2" thick! We cut most wood and acrylics in flat sheets up to 32 " x 35" in size.



Cost is calculated based on the time, rounded to the nearest minute that it takes to engrave or cut your design. The amount of time needed is determined by the settings necessary for the material and size and complexity of the design. The minimum cost is $3, before tax, which covers the first 5 minutes of laser cutting. 

Engraving and Cutting: $3.00 for the first 5 minutes, $0.50 for each additional minute

Material: charged by the sheet, patron provided materials must be staff approved!



  • 23” x 35” working area
  • Cuts materials up to ½” thick, can engrave on materials up to 7” thick
  • 100w laser     
  • Completed during weekday business hours
  • All jobs must be submitted through MakeAtState
  • Submissions may require an additional consultation



Currently, the Makerspace has a variety of materials available for purchase. If you would like to provide a different material, you must provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) specific to your material. All materials must be approved by a Makerspace Staff member before being laser cut. There are several materials that we are unable to cut due to safety concerns, such as PVC. If your material is unsuitable for laser cutting/engraving and is under 3/32” thick, the Cricut MakeStation may be a better choice for your project.