Laser Open Source (LAOS) floss your laser!


The LAOS project was initiated by Peter Brier (KekkeTek), Jaap Vermaas (Fab Lab Truck),  Jelle Boomsma and Siert Wijnia (Protospace).

Our goal is to design an open source alternative for laser cutting, which can be used in any lasercutter. We try to achieve this by writing software and developing hardware.

The project consists of:

  • printer driver (based on CUPS)
  • postscript to gcode interpreter (we use our own gcode-like version)
  • embedded computer for managing the laser cutter
  • firmware for the embedded computer

More about the actual implementation can be found in our wiki.

Contact: info @

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  1. Hi Guys,

    I;d be happy to beta test. I’d just bought exactly one of these lasers, and found that you guys are doing an mbed controller for it by coincidence!

    Any questions, please shout!


  2. Hi Guys,

    I would love to help/beta test/purchase one of your boards. I have purchased one of these cheap chinese 40w lasers, to find out that the USB controller is basically useless. A lot of money wasted there and a whole lot of frustration. Your work looks really promising and I would love to get my hands one on of your controllers (and yes I would happily pay for it!) and I would assist the project in any way I can – (not a microcontroller genius, but I am a web developer if that helps :p). Please let me know if there’s any way I can get involved!

    Cheers, Sam.

  3. Hi there,
    this sounds like a cracking idea, I’ve just bought one of these lasers too and if you ever want someone who’s enthusiastic rather than experienced to try things out I’m your man. If I can do it anyone can.
    cheers, Tim.

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