How SendCutSend calculates laser cutting prices
Our pricing is based on a number of factors, including material, material thickness, material weight, quantity, shape (geometry), and the overall design.
We calculate over two dozen factors to give you the most accurate price possible.
Pricing is calculated based on:
- Overall dimensions of your design
- Selected material
- Material thickness
- Cutting time
... Along with additional, proprietary factors that help us keep our prices as low as possible.
Rush processing, deburring and shipping are included at no charge for eligible orders. Feel free to upload your .dxf, .ai, .eps or .dwg file for an instant quote. No login, credit card or email address is required for a free, instant quote.
Tips for getting the lowest prices on your parts
Sometimes a design can benefit from a few small tweaks that will lower the price substantially. Here’s a few of our favorite tricks for keeping your parts affordable:
Reduce the number of holes or “pierces”
Each time start a cut, the laser makes a pierce. The pierce is the slowest part of the cutting process, and each pierce can be from 10 to 2,000 milliseconds, depending on the material. Those seconds add up, which increases the price of your part.
If you have a perforated pattern, consider spacing the holes apart more, or increase the size of the holes to reduce the total number of holes in the design
Eliminate duplicate lines and unnecessary geometry
Sometimes when designing using layers, guides, rulers etc, there will be unnecessary design artifacts in your exported DXF file. We recommend opening your DXF file running a few checks:
- All unused layers are deleted
- Hidden or locked objects are removed
- Guides and construction lines are removed
- Text notes and dimensions are removed
- Borders, titles and part numbers should be deleted
Basically, the only geometry that we need is the cutting path for the laser to follow.
Keep your design smaller than 46” in any axis
If you can keep your design to be less than 46” in any direction, this will keep your manufacturing costs to a minimum.
Our raw material typically comes in 48” x120” sheets, so by keeping designs to 46” or less, we have the best material yield possible. If a larger design can be broken up into smaller pieces and then assembled, it will reduce your cost significantly.
Use the appropriate material
Titanium is a cool material, it’s really strong and lightweight, but it’s also incredibly expensive. The same goes for brass and copper. Selecting the right material for your project is key to keeping your costs low.
Not sure what to use for your application? We created this handy flowchart to help you decide.
If you’re still not sure, feel free to email our Applications Engineers any time and we’ll be happy to help - email@example.com
Use thinner material
Thinner material cuts faster than thicker material. The faster we can cut, the lower the price will be.
We recommend choosing the thinnest material that will be appropriate for your application. For example, if you are making some decorative numbers for your house, you probably won’t need .500” stainless steel... unless the numbers are part of your home’s foundation! Instead, you may want to try .119” stainless steel and mount the numbers with spacers to give it dimension.
Minimum Order Prices
Our minimum order fee is $29 for most materials. If your part(s) are less than $29 for any single material, we add a "minimum adjustment" to bring the price per material to $29. Minimum adjustments help us offset setup and handling costs for individual orders.
The minimum adjustment is automatically eliminated once your per-material price exceeds $29. To remove minimum adjustments, increase your part quantity.
Example: Your part is quoted at $5 per unit in aluminum. Your total price for a single unit will be $5, + a $24 minimum adjustment. If you increased your quantity to 6 units, your price would be $30 total.
We’re happy to offer discounted pricing for large quantities and frequent or recurring orders.
Minimum requirements for wholesale accounts is a monthly order value of $1,000 or more, or an annual volume of 5,000 or more parts.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a few details about your business, required parts and materials, and we’ll get an account setup for you right away.
If you plan on placing an order on behalf of your client/customer, or you are sending it as a gift, you may wish to use our Blind Invoice option during checkout.
Selecting the Blind Invoice option during checkout will omit all prices from the invoice and packing slip included in your order. Please keep in mind that this is not a "White Label" option, and the SendCutSend logo and address will remain on the invoice and packaging.