Like many others, we stopped and gathered around when we realized at ISTE, the AP Lazer machine was running. The machine itself was relatively quiet, considering it’s size and if you got close enough you could see the head of the machine just cutting away tirelessly and fast.
The AP Lazer is a C02 laser cutting and engraving system that comes in a variety of configurations, but all of the configurations include the computer, the laser cutter and all of the accessories any maker space would need to get started right away. Laser cutting is a step above 3D printing in many people’s opinion. Not only is it quite faster than a 3D printer, there are a lot of work force jobs, properly trained students could go right into with laser cutting experience.
Unlike many other mediums the laser cutting machine is rated for over 10,000 hours of use. While the upfront cost may be a little pricey, some schools have turned to using the laser engraver itself to raise the money to purchase the machine. Some schools have held engraved brick fundraiser to pay for the machine. It takes about 10 minutes to print the brick pavers and they can be sold for anywhere from $50-$200 depending on the school. The company told us they had a school that was able to raise all of the money for the laser engraver by holding a Yeti cup fundraiser where donors got their name engraved in the Yeti tumbler.
Our 9 year old ed tech reporter got to view the AP Lazer machine in a 1:1 interview where they also cut her a t-shirt by engraving the logo into the shirt. As she said “it was wild”.
Check out the video interview below and for more information visit APlazer.com