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Laser Cutting Quotes
We are a laser cutting service in Downtown Los Angeles that offers services from product design to manufacturing and packaging. With our 100 watt 3 foot by 4 foot laser cutter (the largest available to the public in Los Angeles!) We can help you take your laser cut project to the next level. We are able to laser cut and laser etch many materials in a variety of thicknesses quickly. We can laser cut most materials up to half inch and we can laser etch, engrave or laser mark materials up to 12 inches thick. For information on the materials that we can laser cut laser etch, or laser engraved and the materials that we stock please scroll down to the lower half of the page or visit our laser cutting resources page.
Please read about our file requirements for laser cutting, engraving, etching, and marking in order to ensure a quick response for your quote, or watch the video on this page. You'll find all the information you need on files in order to send us a quote for laser cutting. If you have a question do you like to ask feel free to call or text us ator contact us through the form below.
What files do we accept?
We accept all major vector files such as AI, DXF, and PDF. We cannot accept any non-vector files or raster files such as JPEG files. We need a file in order to give you your laser cutting or etching quote as the laser cutter itself will give a time estimate for jobs. Please make sure it is only the outline of your object and that you at least put in a 10 mm cube to make sure your file imported correctly. For most major design programs, you should use these settings.
- AutoCAD 2008 - 2013
- Export in millimeters
- Export text as curves
- Explore bitmap as PNG
- .001 or hair line in Corel
- Add 10 mm square for sizing check
- Let us know the size of the art board
These are the ideal settings when you are trying to export your file to send for a quote.
Can't cut list
These materials will damage or destroy the laser, humans, and potentially the entire shop (fire hazards).
WARNING: Many plastics are dangerous to cut, so it's important to know exactly what plastic you have
Chlorinated plastics (PVC, vinyl, pleather/artificial leather, Sintra, Kydex)
HDPE (milk bottle plastic)
Coated carbon fiber
Pressure treated wood
For a more detailed list please visit our laser cut resources page
What materials can we laser cut?
We can laser cut various thicknesses of plastics, woods, paper, cloth, and more. We can cut parts up to 47″ × 31″ and the machine can hold up to four foot by three foot sheets. We stock Acrylic, wood, cardboard, and we can quickly obtain many other materials from local suppliers. You can also ship us your materials or drop them off at our store. For more information on materials that are laser cut safe please visit our laser cutting resources page.
Acrylic - absolutely the best plastic material for laser cutting. It is strong, comes in a variety of colors, and can allow you to create awesome visual effects with the laser cutter.
Wood - is a versatile material. You can use it to laser cut jewellery, fashion accessories, ornaments, decorations, custom containers, even furniture! We generally recommend birch or pine for laser cutting, etching, and engraving.
Paper - both cuts and etches very well. You can even use the laser cutter to partially cut through to make paper bend or add perforations.
Cardboard - cuts very well. It is a fantastic material for prototyping with the laser cutter. It is a cheap and cost-effective way to make a basic prototype of your product. The laser cutter is also very good at making cardboard pieces for packaging and shipping.
Plywood - can be good for laser cutting as long as you pick the right stock.
Cork - can be laser cut or etched as long as it is 100% natural.
Fabric - as long as it doesn't contain vinyl or chlorine most fabrics work well with the laser cutter. Most fabrics can be both laser cut and laser etched.
Glass - can only be laser etched.
Ceramic - can only be laser etched.
Rubber - works great for stamps as long as it is 100% natural.
Painted Metals - can be laser etched or laser marked only.
Leather - can be both Laser etched and marked with ease. It also cuts very well.
Marble - laser etches very well but cannot be cut.
Matte Board - can be both laser etched and laser cut.
Mylar - can be laser cut makes great stencils.
Pressboard - can be both laser etched and laser cut.
Wood Veneer - can be both laser etched and laser cut.
Tile - can only be laser etched.
Cost per minute for laser cutter
$1.50 per minute of laser time
No setup fees
Industrial capacity means fast turnaround times and lower cost than our competitors per unit
$30 minimum charge for laser cutting (20 minutes worth of time)
Low-cost file creation /correction starting at $25