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Laser cutter / heavy-cutting machine

This easy-to-use machine can cut, score, and/or engrave many different heavier materials such as wood, cardboard, and some plastics.

Durham County Library has a Dremel DigiLab LC40 laser cutter. For more information and specifications, please visit the product website.

Want to get started with laser cutting? Check out our self-paced online training.

After you take the laser cutter training, you can reserve a time to use the laser cutter in Main Library’s 3rd floor Innovation Lab!


  • Birch plywood – 6″ x 12″ x 1/8″ = $2.00 per sheet
  • Birch plywood – 12″ x 20″ x 1/8″ = $4.00 per sheet
  • Acrylic – 12″ x 12″ x 1/8″ = $8.00 per sheet

Material costs will be added to your library account. You can pay this by logging into your account online or at a self-checkout machine.

Usage procedures

Printable procedures (PDF)

Design creation

  • Designs must not violate the Library’s Technology Policy.
  • Designs must not be larger than the dimensions of the laser cutter.
    • Engraving area: 12” x 18.4” (304.8 mm x 467 mm)
    • Cutting area: 12” x 20” (304.8 mm x 508 mm)
    • Maximum engraving height: 1.25” (32 mm)
    • Maximum cutting height: ¼” (6 mm)

Submitting/cutting a design

  • Must be 13 years of age or older or have parent/guardian permission.
  • You can purchase materials at the library (see library website for pricing).
  • If you bring your own materials, they must be pre-approved by a staff member and on the approved materials list.
  • You can use the laser cutter for a maximum of 1 hour at one time.
  • You must have an active library card/account.
  • Staff review all project files, so please use appropriate designs.
  • Staff reserve the right to refuse to cut any item.

Final product

  • Cutting times may vary depending on your design.
  • Library staff are not responsible for the outcome of your object.
  • If you purchase library materials, the cost for your materials will be charged to your library account.
  • You must pay for your materials before using the laser cutter.
  • You must remain at the laser cutter through the entirety of the cut.

Procedures governing the use of the Library’s laser cutter are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact the Maker + STEAM Team at Maker_STEAM@dconc.gov.