As a novice user of the Epilog Helix Laser Engraver and Cutter, I decided to cut out some relatively simple stars and circles which will be used in a local elementary school for a Christmas art project. There were plenty of problems along the way, which I'm sharing so you can make different mistakes on your own version of the project.
For this instructable, I'm assuming that you've taken the Laser Cutting and Etching SBU class at TechShop or have equivalent knowledge if you're using a laser cutter elsewhere. This instructable only deals with cutting, and doesn't involve any etching.
The Epilog Helix uses a CO2 laser to cut and engrave non-metallic materials. Each laser cutting station at the TechShop is connected to a computer workstation where you'll load your design files.