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Media Services: Laser Engraving & Cutting

Guides for using our equipment and services

Laser Engraver & Cutter

Material & Service Charge




Base Charge: $20 per 15 mins

Acrylic (clear/white/blue) 2mm


200 x 300mm



300 x 400mm



400 x 600mm




Laser & Engrave Cutter


Discussion or enquiries for the artwork cutting, please contact Media Services at

Phone: 3917-7007 


General Information

Laser cutter/engraver is a computer-controlled device.  The process is using a powerful laser to cut and/or engrave items from flat sheet.  The Laser cutter works by directing a high powered laser beam very precisely at the chosen material to either etc, mark or cut right through. When cutting, the laser beam burns away at the material leaving the cutout shape that you have specified in your vector file. The cutting beam is very thin and precise resulting in incredibly detailed and accurate cuts. By reducing the beam power where mark the surface of the material, this is known as etching or engraving and can give some stunning effects on materials.

Eligible Users

The service is available for current HKU staff and students by appointment.

Laser Engraver & Cutter Information

Mercury III  
Max. Part Size(W x L x H) All doors closed 685 x 482 x 165 mm
All doors open 685 x ∞x 165 mm
Table Size 750 x 500 mm
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1125 x 720 x 1005 mm
Cooling Air-cooled, Operating environment temperature 15°- 30°C (60°- 86°F)
Drive Closed-loop DC Servo Control
Throughput* 1072.8 cm2 / hr
Speed Control Adjustable from 0.1~100% of 42 IPS
(Up to 16 color-linked speed settings per job)
Power Control Adjustable from 1-100% (Up to 16 color-linked power settings per job)
Engraving Capability 256-level gray scale image processing capability
Computer Interface 10 Base-T Ethernet, Full speed 2.0 USB
Material Support Acrylic, MDF, Plywood where thickness is not greater than 3mm
Max. Size for cutting 600 mm x 400 mm
Min. Size for cutting Must be greater than 14 x 14 mm


  • This service is available up to one hour before the office closes.
  • Vector graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel DRAW are recommended for artwork creation.  These formats (ai, cdr) are supported by the library.
  • Corel Draw file must be compatible with library's version 20.
  • Bring along the printed artwork file saved on a USB thumb drive or online. 
  • Leave at least 5mm margins from all edges of the artwork.
  • The driver can only handle one artwork per job.
  • Reserve a PC workstation time slot in our booking system.
  • Library staff will check the file to see whether it is appropriated for processing or not.


Colour Scheme for cutting outlines and engraving

RGB colour is the default setting mode for laser cutting/engraving

Adobe Illustrator

Coreldraw 2018

 Cut colour


 Cut colour


 Cut stroke weight


 Cut line


 Engrave colour


 Engrave colour