Illustrator for Laser Cutting

By Sandra Bermond

You've visited the lab and you've been dying to use those awesome laser cutters. There is one problem though... you don't really know how, or maybe, you just don't know how to use Illustrator. Whether you've never touched the software or the laser cutters (or you just want to come and make something with us) this class is a good starting point.
In this class you will learn the basic use of Illustrator in regards to laser cutting while making a fun and easy project you will be able to take home with you. You will also be walked through the process of using the laser cutters in the lab so that next time you come by, you will know exactly what to do and how!
You must have Adobe Illustrator installed on your laptop to follow this class. Students may get Adobe Creative Cloud for free (staff at a discounted price) through Duke Software.

  • Illustrator

About Course


  • Intro to Illustrator
  • Finding an image or design
  • Creating a name tag in Illustrator incorporating the image or design chosen
  • Demonstration of the laser cutter in group of 4 or 5
  • Laser cutting of the name tags


  • Navigate Illustrator
  • Know the basic rules for laser cutting (stroke size, coloring)
  • Know where to find information to use the laser cutter
  • Calibrate the laser cutter
  • Produce a laser cut piece
  • Have fun


- Laptop (all OS welcome)
- Adobe Illustrator (please have it installed before the class)


Sandra Bermond

Hello, I'm Sandra. I am a program manager here at the Innovation Co-Lab, where I organize, manage and teach in our Roots program among other things. You may see me sitting around the studio (TEC) or find me at various tabling events on campus. I am also a big design enthusiast, specifically but not limited to graphic design, web design (UI/UX), and some sporadic furniture design.


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