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Preparing your files

Preparing your files for flat sheet laser cutting

When preparing your files for laser cutting, please work in a software that supports the creation of vector files.

What is a vector file?

A Vector image is one made of lines and solid shapes. They are scalable, whilst still maintaining crisp sharp edges. This is unlike Raster images which consist of millions of tiny pixels of colour, ie. photographs. 
 
You can use a wide range of softwares to create Vector images, such as Autodesk, AutoCad, Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape.
 
If you are unsure about creating a Vector file yourself, ask us about our file creation services. 

Accepted file formats

We can generally accept the following formats:

– AutoCad .DWG

– Portable Document Format .PDF

– Adobe Illustrator .AI

– Encapsulated Post Script .EPS

– Scaleable Vector Graphics .SVG

– Drawing Exchange Format .DXF

 

It is imperative that there are no image files (ie. jpg or png) embedded within the documents.

 

If you do have an image file, please ask about our file creation services.

File Setup

Please supply all files at 100% scale.
 
If you include text in your file, you must convert it to outlines before submitting the artwork. Instructions on how to do this will depend on the Vector program you are using.
 
Outline or expand all strokes, as the software ignores line weight. To get a better idea of the final cut product, you can convert your document to outline mode. Please note that this feature may not be available in some software programs.
 
For any laser cut part you wish to also have folded, we recommend
you leave adequate space between laser cut parts and folded edge. The below is a guide only:
 
Material Thickness:
 
up to and including 3mm: spacing of 30mm 3-4mm: spacing of 40mm up to 6mm: spacing of 60mm up to 10mm: spacing of 90mm

PREPARING YOUR FILES FOR rotary laser cutting

For rotary cutting we require a 3D CAD file in order to complete the works. We accept .STEP and .IGES files.

What is a STEP FILE?

STEP stands for Standard for the Exchange of Product Data and is also known as ISO 10303. As a common file format used for 3D modelling and printing, these files are an ISO standard exchange format. This means that STEP files can read and save the complete body of a 3D model — not just the basic geometries — which is necessary for high levels of accuracy.

 

All their 3D model data saves as text that various CAD systems can interpret. STEP files make it easy to create, share and edit 3D models across many different programmes and software in a standardised format.

 

If you are not able to set this file up yourself, enquire about our file creation services. 

What is an IGES FILE?

The IGES drawing file saves vector image data to transfer 2D and 3D information between different CAD applications. Manufacturers and designers use CAD to help plan, price and specify construction and design projects details. 

 

With this file extension, the IGES file can store different types of information for a blueprint, like wireframes, solid models and circuit diagrams.

 

IGES stands for Initial Graphics Exchange Specification, a standard that saves information in the ASCII format.

 

If you are not able to set this file up yourself, enquire about our file creation services. 

 

File Setup

When drawing tube, it must be extruded on the ‘Z’ axis (top view looking down). 

PREPARING YOUR FILES FOR sheet metal folding

For folding of laser cut parts, we require a shop drawing showing the required folds.

What is a shop drawing?

Shop drawings might also be referred to as technical drawings or fabrication drawings by some. These are the drawings that will guide the production of all the projects built elements

What information do I include?

– Front, side and top view of the folded part

– Internal or external measurements of folded part

– Angle measurement of each fold

– Isometric view of folded part

File Setup