Marginally Clever Services

Laser Cutting + Etching

We bought a laser cutter to make custom parts for our robots, but when people saw what we were creating, they asked to use our services. Help our laser cutter live an active life.

Our primary machine is a 60 watt laser with a cutting area of 900mm x 600mm (35.4″ x 23.6″).  It can cut up to 12mm (1/2″) thickness. We can cut and etch most materials, including: wood, bamboo, jade, marble, glass, crystal, plastic, fabric, garments, paper, leather, rubber, ceramic, and other nonmetal materials.

Pricing

Unlike our competitors, there is NO SETUP FEE and NO MINIMUMS to access our services. Our pricing for all laser cutting and etching projects is $2/minute, plus the cost of materials.

To encourage the use of local maker spaces, Vancouver Hack Space members pay a discounted rate of $1/minute, plus the cost of materials.

Materials Menu

  • 1/8″ birch plywood @ $9.00 / m²
  • 1/4″ birch plywood @ $25.00 / m²
  • 3mm acrylic @ $48.00 / m²

To keep our costs down, we stock a limited menu of materials. If you are supplying your own materials, please include the specs in your project description.

How to Order

To laser cut your design, we need a DXF file from you. Upload your DFX file to your DropBox account and copy the file link into the form below. If we have all the correct information, we will provide you with a quote within 1 business day.

FAQs

What equipment is used for 3D cutting?

Our primary machine is a 60-watt laser with a cutting area of 900mm x 600mm (35.4″ x 23.6″).  It can cut up to 12mm (1/2″) thickness.

What materials can be laser cut?

Our machine can cut and/or etch:

  • wood
  • bamboo
  • jade
  • marble
  • organic glass
  • crystal
  • plastic
  • garments
  • paper
  • leather
  • rubber
  • ceramic
  • glass
  • other nonmetal materials
How much does laser cutting cost?

We charge $2/minute for Laser Cutting. At this time there is no setup fee.

If you are a member of the Vancouver Hack Space we offer a special price of $1/minute.

Get a quote now!

What do I need for getting a design laser cut?

We supply all the material for cutting. A menu is coming soon.

To laser cut your design, we need a DXF file from you. Submit one here.

From there, we can:

  1. confirm that we can open the file right to do the job and
  2. ask the laser cutter how long the job will take, which gives us the price.
How do I create a DXL file?

Every major design program today can save as DXF file. Please try the “Save as…” or “Export” options in your software.

What if I don’t have a digital version of my design?

Marginally Clever does not specialize in design services at this time. We can recommend several great designers who can help you realize your projects.

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