That’s a good question with an answer that’s obviously relative to the material you’re processing. To determine “value” is relative to what is most “valuable” with YOUR project. What you value or should place as a priority would be the operational expense of the machine, the total cost of purchasing it, the overall cut quality and cut precision and then finally the rate of production. These are key factors to add into any equation and based on those you can determine whether a CNC, laser cutter, or both will work best for you.