Q: How much to cut a sheet of plywood?
A: Sorry we can’t give you a quote till we have more information. Please send us a sketch or better yet a DXF file or a DWG. Well really any CAD file format would work.
Here is why we need the info instead of a fixed price per sheet.
Our pricing is based on machine time, time that it takes to cut one rectangle 3’x6′ out of a sheet of plywood won’t take as long to cut compared to cutting 200 parts out of a sheet of plywood, it is only fair we charge you for the time on your project.
Q: Ok what do you charge for setup fees?
A: We don’t charge setup fees, just time on your project.
Think of it like taking a taxi cab ride, the time in the cab is your fare.
Q: Can i send you a sketch up file?
A: Yes please do. We can read almost any CAD file format, if not we will ask that you resend in a different format.
But please make your drawings scale 1:1 or tell us what the scale is and if it is metric or imperial.
Q: I have a lot of parts do I need to nest them?
A: No, we have software that really does a great job, hate to say it but it does it better than we can by hand and faster.
Q: Do I need separate drawing files for you to nest my parts?
A: No you can provide one drawing with all the parts in it. If you have individual part files that will work for us as well.
The only thing we need to know is if grain direction matters.
Q: What do you mean grain direction?
A: Wood has a grain, whether it is solid stock or plywood, material like MDF and some plastics don’t. If you project is using material that has a grain and you will see it the direction of the grain will be important in how the finished project looks.
Q: Somebody told me I needed stuff on different layers in my drawings. What does that mean?
A: That is a great question!
Layers give us different information about what you want to happen in the drawing.
If you give us a drawing with the part and dimensions all on one layer, that will confuse the CNC machine. Trust me nobody wants a confused CNC. But if the dimensions are on a different layer we can turn off the dimensions layer and the CNC is happy again.
Another example of using layers to help us understand what you would like to happen in your drawing. Say you have a small shape (rectangle for fun) in the middle of your part that you want the material removed down a 1/4″. If the part shape and the rectangle is on the same layer, we don’t know what you want. BUT if the small rectangle is on a layer called “25 pocket”, then we know everything drawn on that layer is going to be removed a 1/4″.
This is just touching the surface of layers, have more questions on your project ask us!
Q: I changed the color of the line, is that the same as changing to a different layer?
A: No, but nice color choice! Look in the manual or online help for the program your using on how to setup other layers and naming them.
Thanks for looking and check back, we will be adding more content as the questions come in.