Universal Laser Cutter

Materials & Pricing

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Schedule a Laser Cutter Appointment

Schedule an appointment to use the laser cutter.

Access & Training

Everyone with Art & Design Facilities Access can utilize the Laser Cutter

Laser Cutter Pricing

The standard rate for the Laser Cutter is a $2.50 setup fee per file plus $.20 per minute of cutting plus the cost of the materials shown in the table below.

We stock a number of common materials, but patrons are welcome to bring in their own materials if they are safe to cut on the Laser Cutter. See the Laser Cutter Guide on the Tutorials & Templates page for more details on what is and isn’t safe to cut.  Patron will only be charged the setup and cut-time fees if they provide their own material. The School of Art & Design is not responsible for damage done to materials provided by the patron.

Laser Cutter Stocked Materials & Pricing

The cost of materials is added to the setup fee and cost per minute described above. Please note, we do our best to keep all materials stocked, but do not guarantee that all materials will be available in any given quantity at any given time. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are available in 18"x24" pieces.

Material Price
1/16″ Basswood (only available in 8″ x 10″ pieces, all parts must fit on 8″ x 10″) $4.75/sq ft.
1/8″ Basswood (only available in 4″x24″ strips, all parts must fit on 4″x24″) $5.50/sq ft.
1/8″ Plywood $3.50/sq ft.
1/4″ Plywood * $4.50/sq ft.
1/16″ Acrylic (Clear) $5.25/sq ft.
1/8″ Acrylic (Clear) $6.00/sq ft.
1/4″ Acrylic (Clear) $10.50/sq ft.
1/8″ Acrylic (White) $6.00/sq ft.
Foam Core $1.25/sq ft.
Cardboard $1.00/sq ft
Chipboard $0.50/sq ft.

1/4" Ply Caveat

* 1/4″ plywood is difficult for the laser cutter to fully cut through due to imperfections in the various layers of wood. The lab assistant may have to run the cut multiple times to get a clean cut. This will result in increased cutting times and some charring of the edges of the wood (which can be sanded clean). Even after two passes, there may still be small areas that did not completely cut. You can manually cut through these areas with a utility knife or similar tool to fully remove the piece.

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