Fixture Tabs for CNC Machining

Plastic, composite, and wood materials cut on our CNC machine will have small fixture tabs on all parts.

We use these small tabs to hold your parts in place while being cut to ensure the best accuracy possible.

Read below to learn what to expect and how to best design with these tabs in mind.

Tabs: small but mighty

Fixturing tabs are necessary to ensure your parts remain stable during the CNC machining process. We’ve designed the tabs to be as small as possible for easy removal and finishing.

Fixture tabs are designed to be approximately half the depth of your selected material. Although we remove the majority of the tab before shipping, additional sanding or finishing may be necessary.

What to Expect

SendCutSend Default Tab Specifications

We will create a small tab that is approximately .1875″ wide, with a depth that is half the material thickness.

Minimum part size is 1.5 x 1.5″.

Tab placement and location is based on part geometry, and cannot be customer-specified.

Design your own tabs

We’ve provided some guidelines for creating your own tabs when your parts are smaller than 1.5″ x 1.5″

Lightning fast turnaround

Every order is a rush order to us (why should it cost extra?). Current production time for laser cut metals and CNC cut plastics is 3 business days or less, often same-day. Overnight shipping available for an additional fee.

Cluster Tab Specifications

Create a small tab that is .1875″ wide to join parts as shown.
Minimum overall size of combined parts must be greater than 3 x 3″.

Bar Tabbing

Bar tabbing is perfect when you have multiple shapes of the same shape and size. You can connect your shapes to the bar using a small tab of .1875″ width. Additional fixture tabs will be present on the perimeter of the parts as needed by our software.

The parts will need to be cut apart and finished when you receive them.

Bar Tab Specifications

Create a small tab that is .1875″ wide to join parts to bar as shown.
Minimum overall size of combined parts must be greater than 3 x 3″.

Ready, set, get tabbing

If you have any further questions, please contact support at support@sendcutsend.com.

See our CNC Machining Guidelines page for more information on designing your plastic and composite parts.

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