LASER CUT + ENGRAVE
With our laser cutting and engraving service we have the capability to produce high quality projects for every industry, and are available to designers, artists, agencies and event planners with custom projects, prototyping and short run production.
Working area: 39" x 24" (1000 mm x 610 mm)
Maximum laserable area: 38.5" wide. The pass-through of our laser allows for greater lengths and is limited only by our working space.
Maximum height of workpiece: Up to 12" (305 mm) depending on table configuration and lens. If using the pass-through, maximum height is 7" (178 mm).
In addition to our laser, we also have a rotary attachment and chuck to engrave cylindrical workpieces, a pass through for longer material, and a camera system for print and cut registration, eliminating the need for expensive dies.
LASER CUTTING + ENGRAVING PRICE GUIDE
Since most projects are custom with unique considerations, we price laser cutting services on an individual basis. The total cost of a project is a combination of materials, labor and machine time. Below is a breakdown of factors we consider when quoting your project.
Laying your artwork out on our pre-made Illustrator template is the easiest and cheapest way to prepare your projects for laser cutting. We're looking for clean vector files that are sized correctly, with linework separated into layers for each laser operation (cutting, scoring, engraving). If you are supplying the files, we will inspect them to ensure they are done correctly. If they need to be adjusted, extra charges will apply.
Jobs cut on our stock sheet material are generally the least expensive to set up. Jobs that require special alignment on existing products are more expensive as additional labor is required to create jigs and correctly align your artwork.
Our laser is capable of cutting and engraving many different types of materials. We would be happy to meet with you to show you different material options.
Set Up + File Preparation
A set up cost is charged to all jobs. This is required to prepare the material and review the files for each piece of material to be laser cut and/or engraved and will be dependent on the set up required. All supplied files will be inspected for accuracy. If extensive adjustments are required, you will be given the option to do them yourself. If we revise the file, our file preparation fee is $120/hour.
Our Job Control software provides the amount of machine time required for your project. Cutting/engraving times are depentent on the design and the material chosen. Thick or dense materials take longer to cut and are more expensive to work with than thinner, light-weight materials. Detailed artwork takes more time to cut. Laser cutting time is charged at $2.00/minute.
Engraving operations tend to be more expensive than cutting operations. This is because the laser must make many passes over your artwork moving a fraction of a millimeter each time in order to cover the entire surface area of your artwork. The cost is mainly determined by how much surface area needs to be engraved. Unlike cutting, the engraving price is generally not affected by the material selection. Our Job Control software provides the amount of machine time required to engrave the project. Material selection does not affect engraving times. Engraving time is charged at $2.00/minute.
Scoring is used for tracing a surface mark which is often used as a guideline for positioning additional material or for noting where to bend or fold. Scoring takes a fraction of the time it does to cut or engrave, and will save time and increase accuracy for fabrication. Scoring time is charged at $2.00/minute.
If your project requires design and file building, our time is charged at $120.00/hour.
Labor applies to jobs that require special handling finishing. Additional charges will apply depending on the type of labour required.
The delivery time will be discussed when we take your order. Such factors as type of material, quantity, fabrication and your deadline will affect our decision. Rush service is available but is more expensive as it requires us to change our production schedule.
Shipping fees will apply dependent on how and where the item is shipped to. This will be noted and included in the quote we provide to you.
Laying your artwork out on our pre-made Illustrator template is the easiest way to prepare your projects for laser cutting and engraving. We’re looking for clean vector files that are sized correctly, with linework separated into layers for each laser operation (cutting, scoring, engraving). This is set up for you in the Illustrator template. If you click on the Cut, Score or Engrave words accordingly, it will load the correct color and stroke weight to be used.
• If you are cutting multiple sheets, please save them as separate files.
• Outline all fonts.
• All files must be in RGB color mode.
• Cut lines must be .001 stroke width in red (R=255 G=0 B=0)
• Provide score lines in a different RGB color than red (R=0 G=255 B=0)
• Common vector formats we work from: .ai, .eps, .dxf, .pdf, .svg.
• Raster images generated in software like Photoshop are acceptable. Raster images are not suitable for cutting or scoring operations.
• Vector art with fills can be engraved. Different RGB colors for fills can be engraved at different powers to provide different colors or depths depending on the project.
Print + Cut
If you have a small run printing project that requires a dieline, we can help with that as well. When sending your file to print, add several 6mm black dots (100% black fill, .001pt black stroke) to your print job which our camera will use as registration marks for the dieline in your file. We will require the digital file used to print your job with the dieline shown as a layer in the file. Often, alternative cutting processes such as CNC, sawing, stamping, die cutting etc. are not able to deliver the same cutting intricacy and accuracy as laser cutting. Since tool preparation and maintenance does not exist with laser cutting, printers are using laser cutting as a cost effective alternative to die cutting.
All laser files provided will be reviewed for accuracy. If your files require changes, you will be notified. If we have to fix/change your files, extra fees will apply. We will determine if a test version or prototype will be required.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
General Laser Cutting
What is laser cutting?
CO2 - laser technology directs a high powered laser to cut and engrave flat surfaces such as wood, plastics and paper. The technology can be controlled via a multitude of computer based programs. Our preferred software is Adobe Illustrator (.ai).
What is the the difference between laser cutting, scoring and engraving?
VECTOR CUT - material is cut all the way through.
VECTOR SCORE - material is marked with a shallow score line.
ENGRAVING - the top surface of the material is ‘scratched off’, creating the look of the image or logo being placed onto the material.
Does the material burn or show signs of burning?
Depending on the speed, power and type of material, a darker edge of the engraved design and/or cut line may show. Clik Laser + Design House has optimized its settings, as well as tested materials with numerous settings to keep burn marks to a minimum. We also apply an adhesive tape to our products to protect them as much as possible. Quality is extremely important to us, so if we feel there is a concern, we will let you know prior to running your job.
Pricing for Laser Cutting + Engraving
How is pricing calculated?
The project price is based on a combination of material, set up, laser time, and fabrication costs. Laser time is charged at $2.00 per minute. Exact laser time is calculated from the digital file in our Job Control software and will always vary depending on the material type and thickness, as well as cutting or engraving since time to engrave takes the longest. Clik Laser + Design House charges a setup fee for each job which is dependent on the type of material used and how long it takes to set up each sheet. These fees can range from $10 to $30 per sheet of material.
How long will it take to get our product?
We will discuss your delivery date at the time of your order. Work will commence upon receipt of payment confirmation. Standard laser cutting or laser engraving job turnaround is a minimum of 2 weeks. A more detailed timeline will be discussed upon approval of your quote. An express service is available for jobs required more quickly however, a 30% surcharge will be added to your quote. Artwork changes, out-sourcing material not in inventory, back-ordered material or particularly large jobs will add to the turnaround time. Delays may be experienced at times, however Clik Laser + Design House will do our best to deliver on time and will inform our clients of delays in a timely manner.
What materials can/can’t be laser cut and how much do they cost?
Please refer to our Materials Chart. Material pricing varies depending on each material type and thickness. We are always looking for the best price possible, and have several suppliers that we deal with.
Are samples provided?
We offer a material sample box available for purchase, please email us if you would like to request one. For complex and/or large jobs, a prototyping / sampling phase is offered before proceeding with the order.
Can I provide my own material?
Self provided material may be accepted as long as it is within the ‘approved material’ list. Excess material must be provided for testing to perfect the laser settings for your material. It must be supplied flat. Bent or warped material is not usable and will not be accepted. Clik Laser + Design House is not liable for unsuccessful cutting or engraving of client supplied material. Please read our full terms and conditions.