FAQ Category: Materials

Why can’t I select a material?

This typically occurs because the overall flat part size is too large or too small for the material. Please check that the file is setup at 1:1 scale in inch or millimeter units. Ensure the correct unit is set for your part after uploading the file.

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Is your white acrylic translucent?

We’re unable to guarantee the translucency or light diffusion capability of our white laser cut acrylic. To determine if the material is a good fit for your application, we recommend using our Parts Builder to create and order small test pieces.

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Will my acrylic or polycarbonate parts have protective film?

At SendCutSend, acrylic and polycarbonate parts are cut and shipped with the manufacturer’s protective film or paper covering intact. Protective coverings will need to be removed when the parts get to you. Clear or colored acrylic may be protected with plastic film or paper on both sides of the material. Mirrored acrylic will have

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What metal colors do you offer?

At SendCutSend we stock over 15 different sheet metal types in a wide range of thicknesses. Check out our Materials Library to see the variety of colors present in unfinished metals. In addition to the natural beauty of aluminum, copper, brass, and blue temper spring steel, we offer several finishing options. Anodizing Metal Colors

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Do you cut tubing or piping?

We do not cut tubing or piping. At this time, SendCutSend provides 2D through-cutting in flat media only. Additionally we only cut in-stock materials which include sheet metal, sheet plastics, wood/boards, and composites. Take a look at our Materials Library and Services page to learn more!

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Which metals are magnetic or conductive?

Need to know which metals are magnetic or conductive for your next project? We make it easy for you to confirm material properties. Here’s how! 1. Go to our Materials Library 2. Find the metal you need, or click any material 3. You’ve arrived at the material info page! 4. Scroll down to find

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How thick can you cut?

If you need to know how thick we can cut at SendCutSend, the best way to confirm this is by visiting our Material Minimum and Maximum Sizes chart. There you can find every stock thickness of material we offer and confirm the cutting process (fiber laser, CO2 laser, waterjet, or CNC router). Please note,

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Can you cut material I ship to you?

Due to safety and procedural risks, SendCutSend does not cut or process raw material that is shipped to us from customers. Additionally, we cannot accept raw material or components from vendors such as McMaster-Carr per request for specific customers or projects. You can choose from dozens of the highest quality materials in a wide

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Which materials are available for anodizing?

Many non-ferrous metal materials can be anodized, but aluminum is the best candidate and creates the most successful finish. At this time, we offer three different aluminum alloys for Type II sulfuric anodizing: We do not offer anodizing for 0.040″ aluminum since the material is too fragile for processing and cannot withstand the deburring

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Which side of my part will be the top?

When you upload your 2D vector file (DXF, DWG, EPS, or AI format) to our website, the orientation of your part as shown in the part preview will be considered the top side. This is most relevant for materials with distinct top and bottom sides. These include If you need parts in these materials

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How to prep metal parts for painting or welding?

Keep these prep considerations in mind if you’ll be painting or welding your metal parts! If you plan to paint or weld your metal parts after you receive them, you can use acetone to clean them up beforehand and remove all oils. SendCutSend does not offer a degreasing service since we don’t want you

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What is your cut tolerance?

The cut tolerance for each material depends on the cutting process for that material and specific thickness. You can find this information for each stock thickness on the material pages in our Materials Library. Navigate to the material you need and then scroll down to the Material Details. Select your desired thickness and check

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What are your material size limits?

The minimum and maximum part size we offer changes depending on the material and its thickness. We have put together a chart broken down into four categories (Composites, Metals, Plastics, and Wood) so you can see all this information in the same place. 

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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


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


Everything from software-specific tutorials to material selection tips.


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

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
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

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..345″
Recommended panel materialStainless Steel
Coating typePassivated
304 Stainless Steel material ranges0.048″-0.125″
316 Stainless Steel material ranges0.060″-0.125″