(Topic ID: 240348)

Laser cutting plastic protectors is.....what? how much?!!

By jibmums

43 days ago

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  • Latest reply 43 days ago by swinks
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    #1 43 days ago

    I sent a PDF file to a local laser cutter today for a quote on having a sheet of .060" lexan cut into plastic protectors (cutting area was 11" x 13"), figuring, based on the costs I see here and on Ebay of finished sets, this would run me maybe $40-50 bucks. I would be providing the sheet of lexan. Was quoted $80 plus a $45 programming/setup charge. For that kinda dough, I might as well take my chances and then just buy an entire new plastics set if something breaks.

    So question, Those of you with laser equipment, is this a reasonable charge? Should I keep shopping around or is this about what I'll find anywhere? Here's a jpeg of the artwork that I had sent the company.

    Plastics setup (resized).jpg

    #2 43 days ago

    If you have the artwork in vector format that's nuts.

    Message me, we have a laser. I'll do it for your price.

    #3 43 days ago

    I think I paid less than that locally to get twice as much stuff cut out of stainless, materials included

    #4 43 days ago

    Yup, all in vector, that's just a jpeg I exported.

    #5 43 days ago

    Export it as a DXF file, should run around 30 bucks at most. Yes, keep shopping around.

    #6 43 days ago

    Check out ponoko.com when I make custom plastics for a retheme I use them.

    #7 43 days ago

    I cut as much as I want at the local hackerspace, $40/mo.

    #8 43 days ago

    pdf is typical not a vector, supply as a dxf and they just need 10 minutes to prep and program, and something like that would take 1-2min to cut and allow some setup and packup = 20 minutes

    also check that is PTEG as that is ideal, doubt it would be lexan as generally polycarb can't be laser cut as it yellows the edge and releases a toxic carcinogenic gas.

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