Thunder Laser

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Laser Cutter

Thunder Laser


Thunder laser - Nova 35 from

900mm x 600mm x 230mm (35.4” x 23.6”x 9.1”) 100 Watts of Power

Cuts up to 1/2 inch material Materials which can be cut include:

  • Plywood
  • Acrylic
  • Paper, card stock, and poster board
  • Vegetable tanned leather
  • Craft foam

All of those can also be etched, meaning an image is burned into the surface. Other materials can be etched, like glass, ceramics, or paint.

Materials which can not be cut include:

  • Vinyl (including fake leather, Naugahyde, "Moleskin" notebooks, etc.)
  • Poly-carbonate (it cuts but then melts back together)
  • Metal (It can burn off the protective paint, but the metal will not be affected.)
  • Latex
  • Styrene, styrofoam, foamcore (They tend to catch fire, and they also produce lots of sooty residue)

Also, some other materials produce excessive soot, smoke, or fine threads of molten plastic that can clog the exhaust system. The fan is very hard to clean. Please be aware of what your cut is producing!

Chart of Speeds and Power

Access and Training

Access to the Laser Cutter requires training from a qualified member.

Helpful Links

Thunder Laser video tutorials:

More Thunder Laser information:
Thunder Laser Knowledge-Base

Lightburn documentation:

Lightburn video tutorials:
A 30 day trial is available at

Advanced Techniques (ie comparing changing one variable, like Interval or Focus link):

Vector Graphics:
Image Formats:

Boxes - folding paper or cardboard:

Box finger joints: - wonderful box designs and more. Website and plugin - nests shapes for efficient cutting “Sample Club”. Lots of practice projects.

HackRVA Laser Cutter Basics