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Old Jul 22, 2005, 02:31 AM
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How much should I charge to cut a wing on my new CNC.

Here is my dilemma,

I now have a nice CNC foam cutter and many people want wings cut but how much should I charge??

Also I have vacuum bagging setup..

I dont want to rip people off but i dont want to spend all the time doing it for nothing....

How do I find a fare balance...
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 02:48 AM
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why not look up online what others a charging?
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 02:54 AM
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Mick you have to work out how much your time is worth then multiply it by some factor (42?) the add in the cost of your over heads Electricity ,foam, cost of the cnc ect,ect then donít charge any of us because you fell guilty that you donít mind doing the work !!!!!


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Old Jul 22, 2005, 03:24 AM
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Mick, I will charge you $75 an hour as a consultant to come up with a fair rate to charge everyone for the CNC! :-)

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Old Jul 22, 2005, 03:32 AM
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why not look up online what others a charging?
Thats a good Idea ! but I have found any yet.. I will keep looking
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 03:41 AM
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Mick,
Give the cutter and bagger to me and I wont charge you anything for cores...lol
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 03:47 AM
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Hi Mick

How about charging a figure that just sounds 'fair enough'?

How long would it take to cut a set of cores... say half an hour? (By the time you get them loaded on the PC, setup the foam on the bench etc.) Plus expenses (electricity, wear-and-tear).

I dunno, would somewhere around $15 be un-reasonable? Obviously the 'customer' would supply their own foam at that rate.

I'd certainly be happy to pay that amount but maybe I'm totally out of the ball park.

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Old Jul 22, 2005, 04:03 AM
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I was thinking about 40 an hour, as you said simple wing would take MAX 30 min...20 even... so $15 is looking about right.. you add more panels etc and the time will be longer.
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 04:08 AM
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I personally think $40/hr sounds fair enough. Does this mean you're ready to cut my Sawtooth cores Mick?

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Old Jul 22, 2005, 04:45 AM
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15 per set of single aerofoil cores - more for double, triple etc
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 04:45 AM
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I have no epp to set up the cnc on... I need to do test cuts to get the speed and temp correct
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 05:31 AM
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Mick, check out: http://www.flyingfoam.com/

I've gotten a few quotes from him for different projects, I've found that most things cost around USD $30 and up, depending on foam used and complexity of the cut. The $30 price would be a very simple no-taper wing with single airfoil.

I would suggest pricing this based on how much of it you want to be doing, and whether you see it becoming a real sideline business for you, or just something you do for fun, for friends. If you want to do a lot of cutting, price towards the low end of the scale and you'll probably be very busy. If you want your time for yourself, your family and your own projects, then price it higher and cut less. Some will complain, but some always do, so whatever.

My $0.02

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Old Jul 22, 2005, 08:31 AM
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I got this quote from Flying Foam about 6 months ago:

Wing: 2 piece, 1.9# EPP foam
Panel Length: 24.0
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Single set total: 45.06
4 additional Wing sets(s), same as above: 112.24
(Note: Average Wing core set price = $ 31.46)
Tax: 10.87
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Total: $ 168.17

Hope it helps.

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Old Jul 22, 2005, 08:48 AM
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Thanks guys, I dont want to go into full business just help out the locals really..
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 08:51 AM
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LOL, bad luck Mick. We want a website and shopping cart up by next week. Oh, and post your 5 year biz plan here for peer review.

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