Laser Cutting

We accept cut-ready files for fast & affordable batch production

*One Hour minimum job requirement* – Typical turnaround is 2-4 days

 

Machine Sizes & Costs

12×24″

standard or

18×32″

large format

***We stock VERY limited materials above the standard 12″x24″ size panels***
- default to standard size whenever possible
- please verify with us before purchasing large format materials to supply yourself

*Always use Landscape Orientation for cut files

$50/hr

Flat-rate, affordable & transparent fee.
One hour job minimum – charged by the minute thereafter.

*Volume Fabrication Discount Schedule: 5 Hrs -10%, 10 Hrs -15%, 15 Hrs -20%, 20 Hrs -25%


How does it work?

It’s simple really.

We’re able to pass on affordable laser production rates by maintaining a private shop and only accepting prepared files.
Please see our File Prep page to find instructions, learning resources & how to get help designing if you need it.

#1 – General Question? Check our FAQ, your answer might be there already for you.

#2 – Email us your prepared file to receive an estimate.

#3 – Once scheduled, your job is cut using our stocked materials – or you may provide your own (*cut to size only!) by mail or drop-off.

#4 – The file is fabricated by professional product designers on industrial quality production machines, average job turnaround is 2-4 days.

#5 – After payment your parts are either made available for pickup or mailed to you. We can accept Paypal, Check or Credit Card.


TO RECEIVE A QUOTE

Please follow the instructions on our File Prep page and email your file to:

create@digitalcraftpdx.com

*Be sure to include any relevant information like; project overview, quantity, intended materials, supporting imagery etc.


INTRODUCTION

Laser Cutters are fantastic machines, they’re incredibly precise and can cut through, engrave into or etch on top of most anything you can imagine (that isn’t super toxic) like Wood, Plastic, Foam, Rubber, Textiles, Leather, Stone, Metal, Glass, even Fig Newtons etc. are just a few from a very long list. However – we are only able to mark on metals, not cut through them as it requires a very different laser & operating environment.

Much more than an efficient way to personalize an object, laser cutters are an extremely advantageous manufacturing tool that can produce precision components or intricate artwork. Even better, you don’t have to be a graphic designer to use one with us. We can engrave a simple digital image or create cut-out profiles from hand drawn silhouette artwork. However, if you want to make the most of the potential the machine offers you would use Vector graphic art software such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or other CAD programs. We use AI CS6 and Rhino3D as native software in our shop.

We’re happy to advise you on design/layout considerations for efficiency if you send us a file. We’ll have an additional informational .pdf available on our File Prep page soon so you can study up on the concepts if you desire to learn more about the details and designing for efficiency.

Generally speaking we can laser cut most materials up to 1/4″ or 3/8″ depending. Leather, and cork are limited to 1/8″ and 3/16″ thickness respectively. Acrylic cuts very well up to .375″ and can even go up to 0.5″.

Some materials may be etched or engraved onto but not cut through like glass, stone or anodized aluminum.


We don’t want to limit what you can imagine but here’s some common uses:

  • Cutting Textile Design Patterns
  • Papercraft
  • Precision Woodworking
  • Mechanicals
  • Woodblock Prints
  • Jewelry
  • Model Building
  • Signmaking
  • Lamps and Furniture
  • Toys
  • Retail Displays
  • Packaging



$25/hr Labor

Need production help? Additional post production like sanding, finishing or assembly is possible under our standard labor rate.
This service is on a case by case basis so get in touch with us for a project advisement.