Tutorial: Guide to optimising lines for laser cutting

Optimise your files before uploading to save laser cutting time and money

optimising laser cut files

Ponoko’s recent prototyping party reminded me how important effective nesting parts in laser cut files is. This guide is about optimising line work to achieve faster cuts and thereby saving money. Cutting time is generally the most expensive component when ordering from Ponoko. In the forums recently, people shared their methods of saving money, but I think nesting line work requires greater exploration…


David is an industrial designer from New Zealand. He contributes a weekly article on personal fabrication for Ponoko. You can follow him on Twitter @dizymac

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2 Responses to “Tutorial: Guide to optimising lines for laser cutting”

  1. Edgar Castelo Says:

    Just followed your advice, here is the difference, same materials, etc:

    Done without those tips, price – - $48.10
    Done following those tips, price – $30.83 !!!

    That’s $17.27 less!

    How about that?

  2. David McGahan Says:

    Wow nice work! I think on thicker and harder materials these techniques should really make a difference :)