[Noisebridge-discuss] PLEASE READ: Laser Cutter Threat Model

Will Sargent will.sargent at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 21:12:07 PDT 2012


On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM, Taylor Alexander <tlalexander at gmail.com>wrote:

> Well, for what its worth, its easy for people not in the know to use the
> wrong material. I mean, I haven't used the laser cutter short of looking at
> it one time to see what I helped buy (and got to see that someone, meaning
> well, engraved my name on the donors plate in the same font and immediately
> next to someone named "ted" such that it looks like my name is "taylor
> alexanderted"), but I can say that even I have a box of material lying
> around I got surplus from some old plastic shop and I can't quite recall
> what all plastics are in there.
>
> So if it really is possible to kill people by using the wrong plastic, it
> makes the most sense to just properly ventilate it *and* prohibit dangerous
> plastics. That way you're protected twice against idiots. Well, twice
> against regular people. Once against idiots. And again, I use the term
> "idiots" loosely as even somewhat smart people may not know what kind of
> plastic they have.
>

Exactly this.  It only takes one poor schmuck at 3 am to decide he wants to
practice laser cutting by engraving his name on some PVC pipe.

Will.
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