We are a toy manufacturer in Broomfield, CO who uses wood parts for many of our products. We have a few dozen parts we cut in wood now, and we are coming out with new ones all of the time. We are looking for a CNC cutter who can help us keep our production costs down. We are looking for someone with low prices who does good work, and hope to establish a good long term working relationship.
We are open to cutters outside of Colorado, we will need have you palletize our wood parts and we will arrange for freight shipping to our shop.
You can be a cabinet shop looking for extra work, a small woodworking shop, a private individual with home shop and a CNC router, whatever. However, be aware some of our parts are fairly small and require significant vacuum pressure to hold down during cutting. You may need to create dedicated spoil boards for some parts.
We order about 1000 to 3000 parts a month. All of these parts can be flat stacked on a pallet and shrink wrapped for easy shipping.
We primarily use the following types of wood:
1. 1" Plum Creek MDF, 4x8 sheets
2. 5/8" Plum Creek MDF, 4x8 sheets
3. 3/8" Plum Creek MDF, 4x8 sheets
4. 12mm Baltic Birch Plywood, 5x5 Sheets BB/BB Grade Interior
5. 9mm (3/8") Baltic Birch Plywood, 5x5 Sheets BB/BB Grade Interior
6. 18mm (3/4") Baltic Birch Plywood, 5x5 Sheets BB/BB Grade Interior
7. 5/8" Baltic Birch Plywood, 5x5 Sheets BB/BB Grade Interior
Our current cutter leaves an "onion peel" on most of these parts and then uses a table router to flush trim off the onion peel. We do the quarter rounding and sanding/finish work here in our shop. Finishing work is not required, but depending on price we would be interested in having you do that in addition to the cutting.
I have PDF and DWG drawings of the parts we cut that I can send you for quoting to see if you are in the ballpark for what we are looking for cost wise. Or, do you charge by the hour for CNC cutting time? If so, what is your rate?
Also, do you charge a "programming" fee to setup the cad files in your cnc computer, and to array the parts on a sheet for your cnc's bit width? If that's a one time fee, then please break that out separately from the cost per product for cutting.
Materials. We ask that you do not include the cost of materials in your quote, just cutting time. This way, we can compare it directly to what we are paying now. However, materials cost will be a factor in our decision. Please indicate whether you stock these woods and can offer the wood at a per "unit" price, or whether you would be buying just enough sheets to do our job each time, and paying a higher "sheet" price. We can discuss this in more detail later.
We will need to have sample parts cut and mailed to Colorado before bulk production can start. However the time and material investment to do this is minimal since most of our parts are small and relatively simple. Also, we are fairly sure we can work together on this, we have sample parts we can mail to you.
Please contact me by email if you are interested, we will call you back.
Thanks. Happy Holidays!
Thank you for the numerous repsonses we have recieved. We have narrowed our search down and are in final talks with a CNC cutter. We will update this thread if we need to resume our search for any reason. Thanks