- Anyone work with a CNC laser cutter?
I use a metal stencil for some artwork on a regular basis. A mate was watching me work and said a CNC cutter could make a piece of metal with several of the stencils cut into it thus letting me do multiple artworks in one go. I have a large order and think this may speed it up.
Anyone in this trade know approx how much a one off 23cm x 20cm bit of metal with 8 matching object cut out from it will cost. Ideally I’m looking for an approx figure so I can decide if its worth while. I can provide an accurate template.Posted 5 years ago
I used to work at a place that did laser cutting – i did the non-ferrous stuff that the lasers would melt.
To be honest it will all depend on how complex the patterns are & how long it would take to program them – we used to charge £45 per hour for programming and that was several years ago.
It would probably be a little on the expensive side as it would be a one off therefore the company wouldn’t expect to gain any return orders from the program.
Might be worth looking up some local laser cutters though as work is tight and they may well be willing to do the job for a reasonable price.Posted 5 years ago
To counter what muddydwarf is saying I wouldn’t expect to pay more than an hour for programming, and that’s just for buggeration as it’s a one off. Assuming we’re talking 2d laser cutting (and you’re providing the CAD geometry) the software should create the NC code automatically once you’ve inputted the geometry.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve no experience of pricing small jobs like this (although I am experienced with c02 lasers), but I wouldn’t expect to pay much for this sort of job, 150 notes? The cost will be in the buggeration of it being a small job.
You’re using so little material they’ll just use an off cut. If I was cutting that job I could have it programmed and cut in less than an hour, its really that quick.Posted 5 years agomaxtorqueMember
Most water/laser cutters have a minimum order (usually around £40 to £50) i’m sure you’re simple little job will fall into that category! If you can provide them with a .dxf file (plenty of free 2d cad packages to make those) then they don’t really even have any set up time. Assuming say you made it out of a sheet of 16gauge ally, the material costs are going to be low too (<£10 easily)
If you don’t mind doing a little bit of hand finishing afterwards (slight deburr etc) then they will charge you evenless (because they can speed up the cutting / use old nozzles)
Google for your closest provider of water jet / laser cutting!Posted 5 years ago
Thanks everyone, I will look into other cutting methods I only mentioned laser as this is what a mate suggested. If I’m honest £40-£50 is more in the price area were this would be beneficial in cost/time saved so possibly water cut and a bit of filing myself is the way to go.
I’m in Chester Marcus.
Thanks again.Posted 5 years agoTheDTsMember
I can cut stencils in plastic on our C02 laser, we can work from just about any file type and any size up to 900mm x 600mm. 1.5mm plastic stencil of the size you mention would be about £40 – £50 +P&P and VAT.Posted 5 years ago
I would need to see the complexity of the files as it can take ages if they are complex. I can also do them as vinyl stencils, single use though and it depends what you are applying them to and where.
We have just had a morning of trying to get stencil vinyl to apply to some large steel structures in low temp and it’s been a pain in the..
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