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Old Dec 04, 2001, 10:53 PM
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What is the cost of having wood CNC or laser cut for you?

I have a few designs I drew up on my CAD program I want to get in the air quickly. I know if I cut the wood myself it will take months before I get around to ordering then cutting.

If I out-source the cutting to one of the CNC or laser cutting services, how much will it cost?

I don't want to go into the kit making business--I just want one plan cut because I'm feeling lazy.
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Old Dec 04, 2001, 11:10 PM
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Old Dec 05, 2001, 10:34 AM
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The issue come when the laser cutter has to spend time fiddling with your files to get them to cut. For example, with my laser cutter, I need the line thicknesses to be .001". I also want retaining gaps on the pieces so that I don't have to pick up all the parts that fall out of the sheets. We are assuming that you already put your parts on 4" x 24" sheets and that you left 1/4" on the ends and 1/8" on the sides.

The rates typically run $30 - $60 per laser hour and a balsa sheet might take 3-4 minutes to cut out depending on how many lines. There is usually a minimum setup charge.

I would be glad to look at your files and give you a quote. You can email dxf files at doug@mountainmodels.com

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Old Dec 05, 2001, 11:58 AM
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Seems we're on a similar subject, here. I'll send you a file, as you spec'd. Just need to know the dimension you want for the 'retaining gaps'. I'd figure .050, just guessing...

I have a couple I'd like to clean up and try myself.

I know what you mean about fiddling with the files. I have an engraver, which customers often send cad files to cut. Seems I'm always having to move stuff around to fit on the sheet the most efficiently, or sometimes, at all. I just shake my head when I watch the gantry go from one corner to the other and back, due to the order of the vectors.

What format? .dwg, .dxf, .tcw?
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Old Dec 05, 2001, 03:54 PM
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genebond, retaining gaps of .040" work well. On long parts, every 2" is good. Try to run them with the grain. DXFs or DWGs are great.

Doug
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Old Jun 11, 2008, 01:01 PM
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i made one by myself and it cost around 100USD maybe less
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Old Jun 11, 2008, 02:35 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by totalboss
I have a few designs I drew up on my CAD program I want to get in the air quickly. I know if I cut the wood myself it will take months before I get around to ordering then cutting.

If I out-source the cutting to one of the CNC or laser cutting services, how much will it cost?

I don't want to go into the kit making business--I just want one plan cut because I'm feeling lazy.
I've had great success from http://www.manzanolaser.com/ - I built a tandem wing 48" wingspan model from my own plans, and the total cost including shipping was less than $50. Nice wood, too.

Granted, I spent a LOT of time nesting the parts as best I could, to maximize wood usage and minimize waste, and the size of your model and length of cuts will determine total cost, but I thought this pricing was extremely reasonable given what I was building.
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 09:22 PM
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Resurrecting a 7 year old thread. Cool!
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 09:44 PM
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And even more cool resurecting it again a year later to point out that it was resurected last year.
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Old Sep 19, 2009, 10:22 PM
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Manzano Laser is good, indeed!
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