Pricing for Laser Cutting

Laser cutting machine

The cost of a laser-cut part is determined by how long the parts take to cut on the machine, the amount of labor involved (unloading and verifying parts), and the amount of risk involved in cutting a part (multiple medium-sized pieces are less risky to cut than a single large piece that takes hours to cut).

Here are some factors that affect the price of laser-cut parts:

Expediting costs for laser cutting

The standard turn time for most parts is 3-5 business days assuming you do not need many hundreds or thousands of parts. If you need the parts more quickly, we generally charge 20% - 50% more per expedited day depending on the standard turn time (the percentage is such that same-day turn will cost double the standard turn price). Here are examples for cutting a minimum order of parts with a standard 3-day turn and standard 5-day turn:

Sample prices for expedited service on a 3-day standard-turn order
Turn time Price
3 business days $25 base price for standard turn time
2 bus. days $33.25, added 33% ($8.25) to base price
1 bus. day $41.50, added 66%
Same-day service    $50, added 100% (double the price of standard turn)

Sample prices for expedited service on a 5-day standard-turn order
Turn time Price
5 business days $25 base price for standard turn time
4 bus. days $30; added 20% ($5) to base price
3 bus. days $35, added 40%
2 bus. days $40, added 60%
1 bus. day $45, added 80%
Same-day service    $50, added 100% (double the price of standard turn)

If you would like to expedite your parts, please specify your due date in the special instructions section of the quote request form.

File creation costs for laser cutting

If you are not able to provide a vector-format file of your parts for laser cutting (DXF, DWG, CDR, AI, SVG, or PDF file), we might be able to draw your part on the computer for you for $60 per hour with a $15 minimum.

To request a quote that includes file creation, please submit a standard file type in the quote request form that communicates exactly the part you need. The file can be any file type that we can read, such as a text file with a written description, a scan of a hand sketch (JPG, GIF, BMP, PDF), a mock-up in Word, Paint, or Excel, etc. For more information, please see our topic on setting up your sketch or mock-up.