• File Guidelines

    photo: Hillary Turner

Here are some guidelines for ensuring that the file you send us is able to be successfully processed by our system.

For 3-Axis Cutting

  • Your file must be in DXF format and consist of shapes that are fully enclosed with no branches or cross over points (essentially “extrudable” as a shape). The parts are analyzed in the software as “islands” from the outside inward. Fully enclosed shapes are critical for our software to determine which side of the line to cut on.
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  • The shapes in your file cannot have a radius smaller than 0.021 inches
  • The shapes in your files must be organized by material and thickness (example: all parts to be cut in ¼” steel must be in the same file and all parts to be cut in ⅛” aluminum must be in a separate file), and all shapes must have 0.375” of space between the other parts and the edges of the material. A standard sheet of material is 48” x 96” in length and width. If you need multiple parts cut, we can nest them for you on a sheet, or you can send us a file with parts that you have nested yourself using the above spacing and size requirements.

For 5-Axis Cutting

  • Your file must be a solid body exported in STEP format (ISO 10303-21, extension .stp or .step) and not include any angles greater than 60 degrees from the horizontal. There are quite a few shape possibilities that could prevent your part from being cut on our machine. Our operators will have to review your file and verify that we’re able to accommodate your request.
  • The shapes in your file cannot have a radius smaller than 0.021 inches
  • The shapes in your files must be separated by material and thickness (example: all parts to be cut in ¼” steel must be in the same file and all parts to be cut in ⅛” aluminum must be in a separate file). The required amount of space between your parts and material edges will depend on material thickness and cutting angles. Please send your files over for us to review and we will discuss material size requirements with you.The maximum cutting envelope for 5-axis cutting is 46” x 94”.