BOSS Class: 100W Laser Cutter, BossLaser LS2440

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This BOSS class is part of an ongoing safety series for members to become proficient in operating machinery at Maker Nexus. It's an excellent opportunity to learn best practices to effectively laser cut materials for your projects.

Classes at Maker Nexus are open to the public, though members enjoy the perk of tuition discounts.

We'll be using the Boss Laser LS2440, 100W, a water-cooled CO2 laser cutter with a Ruida (common and easy to use controller). You'll go home with a laser engraved trinket.

What we'll cover:

  • Basic laser safety
  • Best practices
  • Power, chiller, compressor, and how these work with the laser
  • Lightburn, the vector and editing software we use to communicate with the laser.
  • Cutting techniques such as vector cuts and raster engraving

Lightburn is highly regarded in the laser cutting industry. However, we do provide several other common programs to edit laser files, such as CorelDraw, Illustrator, and open source Inkscape.

This class fulfills the prerequisite to our BOSS Laser Rotary Attachment Class.


None. Beginners and experienced laser cutter users are welcome to learn how to operate the BossLaser LS2440 laser cutter.


16 & up

What to Bring

  • A face mask that covers both your nose and mouth.
  • Closed-toed shoes.


One 1-hour session


Prices are subject to change. See ActivityHero listings to confirm latest pricing information.
  • $40 for Maker Nexus members
  • $50 for non-members

Additional Fees



Maker Nexus uses ActivityHero for our class registrations.

If we have upcoming offerings of this class scheduled, the link above will take you to an ActivityHero page where you can register for the next offering or ask to be put on a waiting list if that class is full. If we have more than one upcoming offering scheduled, the page will include a "Show More Dates" link.

If we have no upcoming offerings of the class currently scheduled, the ActivityHero page will include a "Request a Session" link. If you are a Maker Nexus member, you can also ask us to schedule classes by posting to the #class-requests Slack channel if upcoming offerings are unavailable or don't fit your schedule.

Class Notes

The following sets of notes are available on the Maker Nexus members' drive:

Additional Resources

BossLaser Tips and Tricks