Vector Pricing Guide
One of the most common questions we are asked by clients interested in our Quote by File service for vector files is ‘How much will it cost?‘. The answer is always, ‘It depends‘. See the guides below for pricing examples.
A combination of factors will effect the price of your vector quote.
Laser Operator Fee. Includes:
- Our time and skills to check each file. If we can see any obvious issues, we’ll reach out and let the client know (but otherwise don’t offer proofing services).
- Physically picking out the material that is needed for the order and adjusting the laser settings to suit that material and file being cut.
- Removing the pieces from the laser, pushing them out of the material sheet and bagging the finished pieces.
- This cost is a flat fee of $9 (ex GST).
Time the File Will take in the Laser. Includes:
- Laser cutting time (the total time that it will take the laser head to travel around and cut each shape). More detailed shapes (such as a star) will take longer to cut out (when compared to something like a circle), as there is a longer distance for the laser to follow.
- Engraving time (the total time that it will take the laser to process any engraving). Laser engraving is a slower process and increases cost, particularly in respect to the amount of engraving and how efficiently the file is laid out.
Type of Material, and the Amount Used:
- Refers to the actual cost price of the material. For example, white solid acrylic has a lower value than chunky glitter acrylic.
- You do not need to order a whole material sheet, and will be charged only for the total width of material used (the height is always 300mm).
- The type of material used will also impact the total laser time. For example, chunky glitter acrylics are dense (when compared to something like solid acrylic), so are therefore slower to laser cut.
- We have a minimum order of $20 (ex GST), so if the total of the laser operator fee, laser time and material use is <$20, your quote will automatically be rounded up.
- Small files can be inefficient. As a very general rule of thumb, it is typically most cost effective to use at least 50mm x 300mm of material.
- Calculated on the approximate total size and weight of your order, sent to your location.
- We use tracked Australian Post for our shipping services, with the option of Standard or Express.
What we don’t charge for:
- We don’t charge any design fees (whereas when ordering via the Custom Cuts Shop, a fee is inclusive to cover our time laying out requests). You save ɃɃɃ, because you send through your file set-up and ready to laser.
- We don’t have any sort of file set-up fee, so there’s no difference from us if you re-order the same file multiple times, or order completely different files.
- We offer 10% off for for vector orders that total $500+, or 15% off for vector orders that total $1000 (totals are ex. GST, excluding shipping and before the discount is applied).
Pricing Examples and Comparisons
Example 1: Small Files
With small files of simple shapes, it’s worthwhile monetarily to order more to fill a good size of the sheet. On this file in example 1, the Laser Operator fee outweighs the laser time and material size. We suggest 50mm wide, as a good minimum.
- 50mm wide x 300mm height is a good minimum for material use
- Think of what else you can order in that material type – you could add simple shapes, like circles, that you may use in the future
$20.00 on both Solid or Chunky Glitter
$20.00 on Solid or $27.00 on Chunky Glitter
Example 2: Shape/Size Changes Price
The laser takes longer on intricate shapes compared to simple shapes, as the laser head has to move along the line it has to cut. Therefore, a straight line will be quicker than a line with many bumps in it.
- The more detailed the shape, the more it will cost
- Simplify lines – jagged or detailed lines will increase laser time
- Bigger shapes generally take less time on the laser, even if they use the same material
$40.00 on Solid or $80.00 on Chunky Glitter
$47.00 on Solid or $88.00 on Chunky Glitter
$24.00 on Solid or $59.00 on Chunky Glitter
Example 3: Engraving Adds Significant Laser Time
Etching can be a great feature, but sometimes the cost can outweigh the benefit. The first and second example shows how much the etching adds in laser time, which affects the price. The third example shows how you could reduce the amount of etching, in this case, we inversed the logo and reduced the size.
- Minimise the amount of etching on your file
- Think of how you can achieve a similar effect with less etching
- Analyse whether the price of etching compares to the time saved in other areas, for example, for layered brooches paint filling may be used instead of having an extra piece of acrylic to glue
$71.00 on Solid or $107.00 on Chunky Glitter
$24.00 on Solid or $59.00 on Chunky Glitter
$48.00 on Solid or $84.00 on Chunky Glitter
Example 4: Engraving Positioning
The laser is faster etching left to right over top to bottom, so consider this when designing and laying out your vector file. It works best to have your etching positioned horizontally across the sheet, rather than vertically.
- Position etching closest to the top left hand corner
- See if you can rotate your design to fit the etching horizontally rather than vertically
- Move all objects with etching to the top of the sheet
$38.00 on Solid or $61.00 on Chunky Glitter
$32.00 on Solid or $55.00 on Chunky Glitter
Example 5: Efficient Material Use
We love efficiency and limiting wastage here at Vector Etch, so we love seeing vector files that save on materials—which is both good for you (price wise), and for the environment. Let’s all do our part to be efficient with laying out the files. Below are some examples and tips to lay out efficiently.
- Lay out your sheet from top left, to bottom right
- You only need to leave 1.058mm between cut lines, so objects can be pretty close together
- On most materials, like solids, marbles, minerals and glitters, there’s no grain or pattern direction. This means you can rotate your design to fit and save on sheet width
$36.00 on Solid or $93.00 on Chunky Glitter
$31.00 on Solid or $67.00 on Chunky Glitter
Example 6: Efficient Material Use
With a few clicks of a mouse you can rotate a group of shapes to tessellate together, which may save you money laser cutting. With the ghost example 2 below, we rotated one ghost, then copied it and rotated the second ghost 180 degrees. This made them fit together well enough for us to tessellate and save on material.
- Do a quick test to see which shapes fit together well
- The ‘rotate tool’ is your friend, use it for laying out sheets on materials which don’t have a grain / direction
$32.00 on Solid or $70.00 on Chunky Glitter
$28.00 on Solid or $50.00 on Chunky Glitter