FAQ Category: File Setup

How to use part preview tools?

You can access the part preview tools by clicking the preview image on any part in your account, or from the instant quoter. Then, under the preview image of your part, select the Tools option. From there you can directly measure your part or access material specs.

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What are your tolerances?

Find tolerance specifications for each material thickness on each material page in our Material Catalog. We provide cutting, bending, and material thickness tolerances so you can plan accordingly!

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How to use the Parts Builder?

To use our online Parts Builder, we recommend logging into your SendCutSend account first. Then select a template. From there, adjust units, dimensions, and feature placement, add bend lines if needed, and save your part before getting an instant quote!

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Can you send me a DXF of my Parts Builder part?

We’re unable to share DXFs for parts created in our Parts Builder. If you want to modify a part beyond the options available in the Parts Builder, our Design Services team or Design Partners can help! We also have CAD tutorials for free software like QCAD and Inkscape. 

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Can you help with my design?

We provide multiple resources for design help, including our online Parts Builder, Design Services, trusted Design Partners, file setup and export tutorials, material selection tips, file setup FAQs, and service design guidelines!

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Can you provide partial depth cuts?

We only offer 2D perpendicular through-cutting in flat sheet materials and cannot produce any partial depth cut options. Learn about the variety of services we offer on our service pages. Before uploading your file, be sure to check out our guideline pages to make sure your file is production-ready!

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Can I send you a cardboard template?

Yes! If you have a cardboard template of your design and need assistance turning it into a CAD file, our design services may be a good fit for you. Design services start at $49 and allow you to send us your physical template to convert to a CAD file.

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Can I send you a sketch of my part?

Yes, if you have a sketch and need it converted to a CAD file, our design services may be a good fit! Design services start at $49 and allow you to send us a sketch or template that we then convert into a CAD file for you.

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What if I don’t have a CAD file?

If you don’t have a CAD file, there are multiple options available! You can use our free Parts Builder, enlist our Design Services for sketch-to-CAD conversion, or contact one of our trusted design partners.

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How to export a STEP file from Fusion 360?

Export a STEP file from Fusion by first making sure your part design is set up for success with SendCutSend. When your design is ready, click File > Export. In the Type drop down menu, choose the STEP file format. Then click Export.

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Why won’t my STEP or STP file upload?

Please ensure your STEP file contains a single, solid sheet metal body. We cannot accept multiple bodies stitched together / assemblies, or bodies with non-uniform thicknesses. Parts with bending services must have sheet metal rules set up using SendCutSend’s specifications.

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Why can’t I add a service to my part?

Can’t add a service like bending/forming, countersinking, tapping, hardware insertion, deburring, anodizing, plating, or powder coating to your part after uploading your file to our website and selecting a material? There are a number of reasons why this might be the case. View the full FAQ to learn more.

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Which tap sizes can I use for my project?

You can confirm available tap sizes for all our materials in a few ways. Here’s how! 1. Thread / Tap Size Chart Our design guidelines include a thread/hole chart showing all of our available sizes and the hole diameter required for each. Click here to get right to it! 2. Processing Minimum / Maximum

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Can you make boxes?

At SendCutSend we can make boxes as long as your design meets our guidelines. Customers often create boxes with our CNC sheet metal and plastic bending service.

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Haven’t found what you’re looking for?

Check out our the resources below or contact us at support@sendcutsend.com

Guidelines

Everything you need to know to design for laser-cutting, CNC routing, bending, and tapping.

Tutorials

Everything from software-specific tutorials to material selection tips.

Materials

We have sheet metals, plastics, composites, and wood/boards for every project.

Part Sizes

Min and Max part sizes for all our materials

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We proudly use hardware by PEM

Flush Standoff, 4-40, .250" Zinc plus Clear Chromate

Aluminum: 5052, 6061, 7075 Steel: Mild, G30

SKUSO-440-8
Thread Size4-40 x .250″
Hole size in sheet (+0.003/-.0.000).168″
Minimum sheet thickness0.040″
Maximum sheet thickness.125″
Fastener materialSteel
Minimum distance hole C/L to edge0.230″
When determining the distance between two or more fasteners, you can calculate the distance by the formula, C/L to edge + 1/2 the diameter of the second mounting hole..345″
Recommended panel materialSteel/Aluminum
Coating typeZinc
Length.250″
Aluminum material ranges (5052, 6061, 7075)0.040″-0.125″
Steel material ranges (CRS, HRPO, HR)0.048″-0.119″

We proudly use hardware by PEM

Flush Standoff, 4-40, .250" Passivated

Stainless Steel: 304, 316

SKUSO4-440-8
Thread Size440
Hole size in sheet (+0.003/-.0.000).166″
Minimum sheet thickness0.04″
Maximum sheet thickness.125″
Fastener material400 Stainless Steel
Minimum distance hole C/L to edge0.230″
When determining the distance between two or more fasteners, you can calculate the distance by the formula, C/L to edge + 1/2 the diameter of the second mounting hole. Example shown with x2 of the same hardware..313″
Recommended panel materialStainless Steel
Coating typePassivated
Length.250″
304 Stainless Steel material ranges0.048″-0.125″
316 Stainless Steel material ranges0.060″-0.125″