Laser cutting on paper is unique in that the level of detail in a particular design has no effect on the cost. The cost is determined primarily by the laser's scan area and a thousand holes will cost the same as one large hole, if the overall area is the same.
Another factor in determining cost is machine time. Feeding a sheet "short" will save on the machine's paper transport time; likewise, feeding the laser cut area short will speed up the laser cutting. Occasionally, these two cost drivers are in conflict with each other. If this happens, we will assist you in choosing the most cost-effective format for your project. Stock weight and density are also factors. Thin stocks cut faster than thick stocks because there is less material being vaporized.
The following basic information is what we need to give you a quote on your project:
- Number of sheets to be laser cut
- Sheet size, as we will be cutting it, not necessarily the final trim size
- Length and width of the laser cut area
- Location of the laser cut area on the sheet
- Stock weight & description
Of course there may be some additional costs or savings associated with your particular project, so it's important to contact us early in the design process for a price quote and give us an opportunity to find the most economical format for you. Some additional charges may be a rush fee, additional art time, tooling & special set-ups, a short sample run or last minute changes in the art or format. We will be able to help you find the most cost-effective format for your laser cutting
and perhaps give you some tips that will save you production costs in other areas too.