Over the past decade, the so-called “Maker Culture” has emerged as a significant movement of individuals who take the DIY (do it yourself) approach to an amazing extreme, creating everything from fine art pieces to aerial drones. Three technological developments have been key in facilitating the rise of the Maker Space movement: Now, a new generation of laser cutting tools is emerging as an important resource for makers, enabling rapid, high precision fabrication of parts from metals, plastics and many other materials. This article reviews the laser technology behind these tools, and shows how an artist at the Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9, the company’s facility for digital fabrication and traditional manufacturing on the San Francisco, California (US) waterfront, used a Coherent laser cutting tool in his maker project.  Laser cutting tools have been around for decades, but traditionally, they fell into two distinct classes. The first are large machines, based on multi-kilowatt, flowing gas CO2 lasers. These powerful systems are characterized by fairly high consumables and maintenance costs (and frequent downtime), and are targeted exclusively at metal cutting applications. They ...