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epilog fusion edge 12 laser system


The Epilog Fusion Edge 12 is a 50-watt CO2 laser system. The laser can be used to etch text or logos and cut shapes into a wide variety of materials. You can use the laser to monogram glassware, make custom cosplay items, or engrave a charcuterie board.

Work area size:  24” x 12”

Maximum Depth:  7”

If materials do not fit within the work area, you may not be able to cut or engrave them. The laser cannot cut through most materials thicker than 3/8” or 9.5 mm.


  1. Epilog Fusion Edge 12
  2. Rotary attachment (for glasses, rolling pins, and other cylindrical objects)
  3. Design software
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • EngraveLab PhotoLaser Plus
    • Inkscape
    • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher

You Must Bring

  1. Digital design file.
    • Image files (JPG, PNG, TIFF)
    • Document files (.doc, ppt, PDF)
    • Adobe CC files (.ai, .psd, PDF)
    • Vector files (SVG)
  2. Material to etch or cut.
    • See below for prohibited materials.
    • Bring original packaging, labels, or SDS (safety and data sheet) from the manufacturer.

Always bring extra material. The Makery is not a production facility. Most projects require testing and refining. Things don’t always turn out well on the first try. Be ready to experiment.

Material Guidelines

The following are not exhaustive lists. Makery staff reserve the right to refuse or stop any project for the safety of the equipment, staff, and patrons. Bring your materials in their original packaging with all labels so Makery staff can verify their contents. When in doubt, Makery staff will err on the side of caution.

Material Consequence
PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride)


PVC Leather


Artificial Leather

PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral)

Will severely damage the laser’s optics and motion control system.
Polycarbonate or Lexan May catch fire. Absorbs and retains heat from infrared radiation.
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Emits cyanide gas. May catch fire. Melts. Leaves behind gooey deposits.
HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) Catches fire. Melts. Leaves behind gooey deposits.
PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) Melts. Does not etch well. Warps when cut.
Polystyrene (Styrofoam)

Polypropylene Foam

Catches fire.
Epoxy Resin
Coated Carbon Fiber
Emits dangerous fumes.
Painted or Stained Wood May scorch or catch fire. Does not etch well.



✅ Approved Materials ✅
Material Notes
Acrylic Cast acrylic is best for etching.

Extruded acrylic is best for cutting.

Anodized Aluminum Etching only
Delrin (Polyoxymethylene) Harder is better.
Slate Etching only.
Laserable Rubber Must be chlorine free!
Powder Coated Drinkware (e.g. Yeti, Hydroflask) Etching only.
Glass Etching only.
Laser Safe Leatherette Etching only. Must bring original packaging. Staff must be able to verify that it does not contain PVC or Vinyl.
Genuine Leather Real, natural, genuine leather.
Solid Wood

Board Wood


Composite Woods

Contains glue and may not cut as well as solid wood.
MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) May not cut well. Produce lots of soot.

Learning and Resources

Classes in the Makery – New programs every quarter!

LinkedIn Learning – Online video tutorials for design software such as Adobe Illustrator

CreativeBug – Online crafting tutorials — great for inspiration!

Epilog Fusion Series User Manual

Laser Quick Reference

Learn Inkscape

Videos from Makery Staff

How to Create a Vector Image in Illustrator

How to Unite Script Fonts in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Vector Image in Illustrator

How to Prepare a Photo for Laser Engraving

Makery Craft:  Laser Cutter Constellations

Makery Craft:  Laser Etched Charcuterie Board

Project Ideas

Epilog Laser Sample Club: Downloadable Project Files

Free laser projects from Full Spectrum Laser

Instructables — Laser Cutting Projects

Makery Project: Laser Cut Ornament

Makery Project: Laser Cut House Etching

How to Create a Door Wreath in Inkscape – YouTube

All About Laser Systems

Instructables — Laser Cutting Basics

Instructables — Laser Cutting Class

Materials for Engraving

JP Plus

Ocooch Hardwoods

Owl Hardwood Lumber

Smokey Hill Designs

Free Online Design Software

Vectr – Free Online Vector Graphics Editor

Pixlr – Free Online Photo Editor

MakerCase – Laser Cutter Boxes – Free SVGs for Laser Cutter – Free SVGs for Laser

Monogram Maker

Jigsaw Puzzle Generator

Maze Generator



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