Advanced Output Center

AOC Laser Cutter Access Policy

  • Before using the laser cutter, you must first enroll in an online Canvas authorization course which will take roughly 30 minutes to complete, and at the end there will be a final test that you must pass in order to be authorized for the laser cutters. Authorization sessions provide crucial information on file preparation, machine operation and safety procedures. Currently enrolled students, faculty and staff can be authorized for laser cutting.
  • The information covered during authorizations will change as software and hardware are updated or reconfigured. To keep users up to date on laser cutter techniques and policies, authorizations will be good for two calendar years, after which you will need to be re-authorized.

  • Reservations can be made in person or over the phone 15 minutes before the time being reserved, and no more than 2 weeks in advance.
  • Reservations can be made in 30 minute blocks to 6 hours. You can reserve up to 12 sessions of 30 minutes each per week. There is no limit for walk-in use.
  • Reservations are non-transferable from one person to another. You can only make and use reservations for yourself.
  • Reservations can be rescheduled if you notify the AOC at least 15 minutes in advance of your reserved timeslot.
  • You will be given a 10-minute grace period to show up for your reserved time slot. After the grace period expires, your slot will become available for walk-in users.
  • There is a $10 fee for not showing up for a reservation.
  • In the unlikely event that your reserved time slot must be canceled due to equipment malfunction or other unforeseeable issues, you will be notified as quickly as possible and given the option to make a new reservation at the earliest available time slot. In the event that a laser cutter is taken offline, it will not be available for reservation until it is operational again.

  • All authorized users are able to walk in and use the laser cutter when it has not been reserved in advance, or when a no-show for a reservation occurs. Walk-in users must check in with a lab monitor prior to cutting.
  • Walk-in time is generally discouraged for long cuts as any user could reserve time 15 minutes from the time you start.
  • For walk-in usage, you can use as much time as is available, up to when the next reservation starts or the AOC closes, whichever comes first.

Reservations vs. Walk-ins
  • Reservations are recommended for cuts that will take 30 minutes or longer, or during semester peak usage periods.
  • Walk-ins are recommended for short, simple cuts. See the chart below for a comparison.







Lead Time

15 minutes


Per-Week Limit

6 hrs



Reserves your name in a time slot for guaranteed use.

Better for short, simple cuts.

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