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FAQ Category: File Setup

Can I Upload a 3D File for Bending?

It’s important that the file you upload for bending is a flat, 2D file. We have several tutorials you can follow to learn how to turn a bent part into a flat pattern in various CAD software. Once you’ve uploaded your file, you can preview a 3D model of your part during the checkout

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What are common problems to look for in my files?

Before you upload your files to SendCutSend, make sure to check for these common problems. Duplicate lines.  Duplicate lines in your file will be rejected by our automated system since the laser cannot recognize or cut them. Be sure to go through the geometry in your file and make sure that there is only

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Why do I need to submit a CAD file?

In order to produce your part, we’ll need a 2D vector-based file of the design to be cut (DWG, DXF, or Adobe Illustrator format) showing just the flat cut pattern for the part at 1:1 scaling, and no additional information like text, borders, crosshairs, or dimensions. We have a great list of trusted design

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What are best practices for minimum geometry?

Make sure all of the geometry in your laser cut part is at least 50% of the material thickness. As an example, if your material is 0.100” thick, the smallest hole you could expect to cut would be 0.050” in diameter.  Any interior geometry smaller than 50% of the material thickness will not be

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What file formats do you accept?

We have a few different file types we accept based on what software you are using to design your parts. Software Supported File Type AutoCAD .dxf Solidworks .dxf Fusion360 .dxf CorelDraw .eps Inkscape .eps Adobe Illustrator .ai We do not accept zipped folders or links to file locations. We also do not accept PDFs,

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Do you have a file setup checklist?

Our pre-flight checklist for file setup applies to all our services. Make sure all your part files fit within these guidelines before you send them to us, and we’ll be able to get your parts to you faster and easier. Don’t forget to read up on all our services guidelines as well to make

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How do I set up my file for tapping?

When setting up your design for tapping, make sure that the holes are sized to the correct drill size corresponding to your needed tap size. Reference this helpful drill and tap size chart to see what your part needs.  For ideal thread engagement, your tapped hole should be 1-1.5X the bolt diameter. For example,

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How to set up my file in Fusion360?

File setup checklist for Fusion360: File is exported as a DXF All holes and cutouts are at least 50% material thickness File is built at a 1:1 scale, preferably in inch units All objects are on the same layer All stray points, duplicate lines, empty objects and text areas have been removed No shapes

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Guidelines

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

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Tutorials

Everything from software-specific tutorials to material selection tips.

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Materials

If you've got questions about materials, this is your source.

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