How to set up my file for laser etching?

If you need to set up your file for laser etching, we’re happy to help! Please note: we don’t offer cosmetic etching or engraving. At this time we can only provide a faint single-line etch that is best for simple markings like part numbers and crosshairs. Take a look at the example below.

Single line etching example if file is set up correctly
Single line etching example

We have more examples of single line etching here. Please bear in mind that parts with single line etching cannot be deburred since deburring will erase the etch marks.

If a faint etch will work for your project, we have detailed file setup instructions here: Setting Up Your Design for Single Line Etching

In Summary:

How to set up my file for laser etching?

To set up your file for single line etching, see our detailed guide here: Setting Up Your Design for Single Line Etching. Please note, we do not provide cosmetic etching or engraving at this time.

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

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..314″
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″