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5aa1a548c7c07 Mr. Williby explains to one of his classes how the laser engraver works.
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Mr. Williby explains to one of his classes how the laser engraver works.

Industrial Arts Department gets new machine

DCHS Journalism

Kaylen Ashley

March 25, 2018

The Oberlin Industrial Arts Department recently added a new tool to its extensive inventory - a new laser engraver.


The new machine can work on a variety of things – wood, plastic, acrylic, certain metals, glass, vinyl. 


According to woodworking teacher Josh Williby, the laser engraver increases the students’ project options. “It allows them to personalize their projects,” said Mr. Williby.


Several students have already incorporated the engraver into their projects.  For example, sophomore Dawson Kempt engraved the USA Wrestling logo into the top of his cooler stand.  Senior Zeke Jimenez is making a bar table.  The top of the table will have engraved pictures of the progression of Kansas State University’s wildcat. 

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According to senior Kole Breth, “Using the engraver is as easy as printing an English assignment.”


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First, software from the engraver’s manufacturer, Full Spectrum, had to be downloaded to a computer.  Then the computer is connected to the engraver.  Students find, draw, or upload an image to the computer, set the size of the engraving they want, and click ‘Print.’”


Mr. Williby sees “endless possibilities” for the engraver.  Every project can be engraved with “Made at DCHS” with the student’s name.  The doors of the engraver also open, making it possible to engrave on larger pieces.  In addition, accessories can be eventually purchased for the engraver, such as a rotary attachment to engrave round objects.


The engraver cost $9,245, but grants through GROW Decatur County and the Hansen foundation paid for the new machine. 




Industrial Arts Department gets new machine

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