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Media Services (co-branded LES): Laser Engraving & Cutting

Guides for using our equipment and services

Laser Engraver & Cutter

Material & Service Charges




  Base Charge: $20 per 15 mins

Acrylic and Plywood (2mm)


200 x 300mm



300 x 400mm



400 x 600mm




Laser & Engrave Cutter


For discussion or enquiries about the cutting service, please contact Media Services via email.

General Information

A 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.

Eligible Users

This service is available to current HKU faculty, staff and students by appointment only.

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
Cooling Air-cooled, Operating environment temperature 15°- 30°C (60°- 86°F)
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 requires payment in advance and is available up to one hour before the Media Services office closes.
  • Adobe Illustrator is recommended for artwork creation.  
  • Send your file to us via email so we can review it.
  • 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.
  • The library reserves the right to decline a printing request or cancel a printing job if the object may infringe the copyright or contain abusive constituents.


Colour Scheme for cutting outlines and engraving

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

Adobe Illustrator

Cut colour


Cut Stroke Weight


Engrave Colour