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How to Lazzzor or "Why your mother doesn't use scissors anymore."

this is a very very early draft for a yet-to-come howto lazzor page. the main source of information was todays (27.1.11) lazzor workshop. feel free to add/edit some more information, suggestions or similar. you can do that in english or german, it also doesnt need to be perfect.

so, you want to use the mighty fine lazzzor yesyes? then you will have to complete several trials to step up to the throne of beeing a lazzzor king or queen.

basically, you have 2 options:

  • cutting: for this you need a vector picture (ugh find another word?),
  • engraving: for this you need a rasterized picture,

you are also able to do both! if you put a rasterized object inside a vector picture. alternatively you can make a file for each job.

prepare your motive.

get your favorite vector/raster drawing program and draw some stuff you like to have cut or engraved.

depending on what you want to do, your motive is qualified for print if the following things apply.

cutting / vector format:

  • deactivate filling on all objects
  • set the stroke width on all objects to 0
  • export your picture in *.eps format [.. other recommended formats]
    • we strongly encourage you NOT to use dxf formats. they are prone to errors when imported into corel draw.
  • during exporting/saving, look for an option which says "Make a bounding box around full page" or similar and DEactivate it.

engraving / raster format:

  • convert your motive to grayscale
  • play around with the Level option to get as high contrast as possible
  • you can set the DPI for your motive up to 1200 (max. setting the lazzzor supports)
  • no background color (means: transparent)

software recommendations: ...

the printer dialog

  • main tab

Power: how much power to put into each lazzzor shot. for cutting, you want to use as little power as possible

Speed: how fast the lazzzor move.

Frequency: how many times a lazzzor shot happens. this depends greatly on the material used.

raster: for engraving vector: for cutting combined: for doing both! engraving always comes first.

rasterisation:-- basic: makes it look good, most of the time youll want to use this. 3D: good for making stuff like holes for screws. stamp: yeah, thats for stamps, there are also 2 additional parameters for this one.

misc:-- Autofokus: important for making good cuts, you also can do that manually (todo) Frequency automatic: not tested yet! but it obviously states what it does, yes? Vector Sorting: algorithem which should calculate a good way to cut stuff. you probably should do a good motive instead of relying on this, but most of the time it shouldnt cause any problems.

  • user settings

here you can load some saved settings created by other users. warning! this doesnt mean they are automagically the best choice, in some cases quite the opposite is the case and you might end up damaging your material or the lazzzor. still, in combination with the cheat sheet included in the manual, you can figure out if there are some reasonable settings too.

  • colormapping

depending which colors you gave your vectors, you can set individual power, speed and frequency settings for each color! might come in handy, most of the time it doesnt though.

the materials

if you want to cut / engrave something, bring your material, though you can also use any leftovers or stuff which does not have a label on it. (of course labels which says "free for all" are ok too). feel free to donate a little extra if you use some materials. (price, costs, material category?)

allowed: cutting / engraving:

  • anything made out of wood
  • acryl
  • polypropylene
  • polyethanol
  • polystyrol
  • fabric (hm what about polyester?)
  • ...
  • very very thin metals (foil or curcuit board made out of Messing) (--> indepth howto at example page?)

(why do other pages linked on the current lazzor page list some of them under "forbidden"? research..)


  • glass
  • ...

forbidden: anything which got Chlor or Stickstoff in it. bad stuff will happen if it combusts. some examples:

  • PVC
  • PC
  • Polyurethan

other potential dangerous stuffs:

  • BoPET Foil: as used in rescure blankets. has the ability to reflect big part of the IR spectrum, so i actually wouldnt recommend it.
  • ...

to the lazzzor!

you have sent your job to the lazzzor and chosen your material of choice, now off you go my friend, you are a big boy now, but still, there are some buttons you have to get familiar with first. (pwetty pictures!)

2 important buttons:

  • "Go" aka Green Button aka "yea go that."
  • "Stop" aka Red Button aka "no way, dont do that."

how to set your 0-point.

its a good idea to set your home-point everytime before a different job. this point is the starting position and represents the upper left corner in your picture / workspace area.

1. press "Pointer" (or what was it?) to make it visible/invisible 2. press "X/Y", the display will say "X/Y - Off" 3. you can now move the lazzzor freely along its x and y axis 4. press "Set-Home" to set your position as your home-point.


and before you start your job read..

when to cancel/pause your job!

if you ...

  • .. hear noises you are not used to hear
  • .. see smoke gathering in the cutting area
  • .. see something burning constantly. (one or two spurts of flame are okay when cutting acryl (i think it was acryl?))

now now, go on, push teh button!..

how to start, pause and stop your job!

most of the buttons concerning jobs are obviously labeled, though, a explaination shall commence.

1. (todo) 2.

taking care of the lazzor:

  • if you think your settings are pretty much okay but it still wont cut through then there is a possibility that the lazzzor needs some cleaning.

possible misc ideas:

  • die klappe besser abdichten mit nem gummi oder so.. auch praktisch beim zumachen damits nicht zukrachen bzw zerbrechen kann
  • tatsächliche schadstoffe in der luft messen, was für ein gerät braucht man da? interessant wärs schon

some practical examples: (seperate page?)

these (usefull?) things are what people actually made and hopefully documented it for others to use. (hint hint)

some theoretical/experimental examples: (seperate page?)

this section explores different possibilities of parameters and their outcome. this is a good place to get you an idea on how to fine tune your parameters.


  • the material
    • diffrent parameters 1
    • diffrent parameters 2
    • diffrent parameters 3
  • soap
    • engraving a soap ended in the soap swelling. or so ive heard.