Waterjets & Laser Cutters

Several departments have waterjets and laser cutters that are available for team use. Please refer to the specific links below for requirements of each.


Laser Cutters

Engineering Physics:


School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

  • Booking Form: Here (Must be on UBC Secure of UBC VPN)
  • Minimum Booking Time: 1 hr
    • Request a time that you can show up to so you can meet with a laser operator, aka Monitor, who will take your files and run the machine and jobs for you while you are present (to help troubleshoot and comment on the job).
  • Locations:
    • The “Lasserre” laser cutter is located in the southwest corner of Room 5 in the basement of the Lasserre Building.
    • The “MacMillan” laser cutter is located in Room 394A in the MacMillan Building.
  • Fee:
    • Min for cutting time: $5.00
    • Lasserre: $1.20/min
    • Macmillan: $0.80/min
    • An additional file setup fee if the files are not properly prepared for laser-cutting.
  • Dimensions:
    • Thickness: Up to 1/4” (6mm)
    • Lasserre: 23” x 39”
    • MacMillan: 6″ x 28″ (400mm x 710mm)
  •  Material:
    • You must provide your own materials or purchase from SALA. If the material is warped, the laser might not cut through everything. The flatter the material, the better the cut.
    • Because of toxic fumes, do not cut:
      • MDF
      • PVC = polyvinyl chloride (e.g. white plastic plumbing pipe)
      • ABS = acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (e.g. black plastic plumbing pipe)
      • PVA = polyvinyl acetate
      • Polystyrene (e.g. Styrofoam)
      • Polyurethane
      • Polycarbonate (e.g. Lexan)
      • Polyester film including PETG or DURALAR (The thin sheets they sell at DeSerres with the blue covering.).
      • In general, anything sold at Home Depot will not work, even though they will tell you that it’s acrylic. It will only melt and turn brown.
      • Corrugated cardboard