How to set up my file in AutoCAD?

How do I prepare my file in AutoCAD for SendCutSend?

Here is our easy file setup checklist for AutoCAD:

Export either a two-dimensional DXF file showing just the flat cut pattern or a STEP/STP file;
If your part requires sheet metal bending services, include bend location lines;
All holes and cutouts are at least 50% material thickness for laser cut parts;
All holes and cutouts are no less than 0.070” for most waterjet cut parts;
All holes and cutouts are no less than 0.125” for all CNC routed parts;
File is built at a 1:1 scale, preferably in inch or mm units;
All objects are on the same layer;
All stray points, duplicate lines, empty objects and text areas have been removed;
No shapes have open contours;
All shapes have been united, combined or merged;
All text has been converted to outlines or paths;
Cut-out text (reversed text) has bridges or has been stencilized.

Check out our blog for more information on properly setting up your file for laser cutting, waterjet cutting, or CNC routing.

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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″