Last night I acted as a backup observer and coach as Jenn cut some paper widgets for making lanterns (it’s a project on the Epilog website). When doing a test-cut on some scratch construction paper, we saw the air-assist blow the cut-out pieces around. Fortunately, none of them ended up in the laser, but we did watch with anticipation as the laser came within a fraction of an inch of one before changing direction.
For the remaining cuts, we found some small wooden pieces in the shop (circular disks that Mark cut, I believe), used the waste from the test cut as a guide, and weighed down the paper to be cut with the wooden disks.
By using the previous cut-out as a guide, we knew where the laser path would go so it wouldn’t hit our paperweights, and the widgets were not blown around by the air assist.