DIY Dinner: Intro to Laser Cutting

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Delve into digital manufacturing . Learn to use the Laser cutter for intricate cutting and etching.

Design and manufacture a set of place mats using the MakerSpace Laser cutter and your choice of design software.  Bring your own place mats to the DIY Dinner and show them off to those at your table! 


  • Essential skills to create 2D laser etching files which you can then cut/engrave on the laser cutter.
  • Full induction on use of the laser cutter including set up, safety, maintenance and running files to Cut/etch.
  • It's quite a long day so we will break for lunch between 1-2pm and there is an abundance of delicious food options within a short walk. 

At the conclusion of the class, students will be assessed on their level of competency with designing and their operation of the Laser cutter. Upon demonstrating competency, students may use the Laser cutter on Mondays when our digital technician is in for their own projects in accordance with MakerSpace Laser cutter rules. It would be excellent if you caught the bug and were able to use your new skills within your own practice and projects.


As part of our 'DIY Dinner' series you will also be invited to our final communal dinner on the rooftop of The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale where your knives will ceremoniously carve some of the meat dishes served during the feast.  Your ticket price covers a banquet meal shared with everyone else who has participated in making the table, the plates, the table settings and the carving knives as part of courses held at MakerSpace & Co. You will enjoy a delicious feast served by the amazing team at Barzaari Chippendale (who also have a restaurant in our local Marrickville neighbourhood) and join in a group photo of everyone involved in the DIY Dinner series.

PLEASE NOTE when booking a class with MakerSpace &company you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

Student age 

MakerSpace is an 18+ facility, and our classes and facilities are designed for adults.

The reality is that MakerSpace is simply not set up to accommodate children. For further information please click here:

Disabled access 

Unfortunately our new space cannot offer suitable wheelchair access. We are currently working on improving our facilities to make them accessible for all. 


We have very limited parking spaces on Gerald Street so if you're driving here please allow time to look for parking on our street or nearby streets.

Students must wear covered shoes, have long hair tied back and wear appropriate safety gear when using equipment.  All students will be shown how to use appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).

 MakerSpace &company and its tutors will provide training in how to use all equipment and relevant machinery and tools to students during the course.  It is essential that no equipment or machinery be used while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 While all care will be taken, it is the responsibility of the student to follow all instructions and use all the equipment in a safe and responsible manner.

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What you will learn
  • Essential skills to create 2D files in Rhino which you can then cut/engrave on the laser cutter: Introduction to Rhino to create the laser tool path.
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an expert coach.
  • A great set of place mats

What to bring
  • Just your enthusiasm! If you have a flat piece of material and we know what its made of, we might be able to cut it.
What to wear

Casual (Warning: this might get messy) enclosed shoes

Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

Terms & Conditions


 Refunds: MakerSpace requires a minimum of 5 days (or 120 hour) notice in writing to receive a 75% refund for change of mind. If you miss this window, we recommend you gift (or sell) your place to someone who will use it and love it. Class places are fully transferable. Email

 Cancellations: We rarely cancel classes, but occasional things come up beyond our control. Our classes are very small to ensure you have a great learning experience, but we need a minimum of 4 students to run most of our classes. If a class is cancelled, we will get in touch by phone or email, and discuss your options which include refund, credit or transfer to another date. 

Kids in classes: MakerSpace classes are designed for adults. Kids aged 14-17 can book this class on the condition that an accompanying adult also participates - which means booking two places. If you have questions about kids in the workshop, please read this.

 Terms and Conditions: All students must read and agree to our full Terms and Conditions, you can find them here.

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