How to use part preview tools?

If you’ve noticed our new part preview tools and want to know more, you’ve come to the right place! These tools allow you to directly measure parts in your SendCutSend account, avoid feature deformation with bent parts, and more.

Accessing the part preview tools

You can access the preview tools for any part in your account by clicking the part image.

Click the image for any part in your account to access the preview tools

You can also access the part preview from the instant quoting and configuration dialogue once a material has been selected.

Below the 2D part image, you’ll see the option for a 3D view, 2D view, or Tools.

How to toggle on the Tools option on the part preview

Preview tool options

Once you toggle the Tools view, you’ll see options on the right for

  • a measuring tool,
  • a grid, and
  • a preview reset button.

If you hover over any circular hole, the diameter will be shown.

Tools available in the part preview

On the left, you can click the tab to Show details about the part, including

  • width,
  • height,
  • square area, and
  • material info if a material is configured for the part.

Click Learn More to find material details including specifications and properties.

Measuring parts with the preview tools

First, zoom in on the area that you need to measure using your scroll wheel. Click the part and drag to move it around if needed. You won’t be able to zoom in or move the part while the measuring tool is active.

To use the measuring tool, toggle it on. Then click once on the first point to start measuring and click a second time to get a measurement.

Measuring a part using the preview tools

Bend preview tools

If you apply bending services to your part, additional tools become available.

The yellow highlighted areas or “caution areas” show where deformation will occur if cut features are too close to the bend line. The caution area distance is the minimum flat flange length required on each side of the bend line to form the part.

Caution area for 0.125″ 5052 aluminum.

If you view the part in 3D, you can highlight the bend radius if desired. It will have a smaller appearance but does show where the most severe distortion would occur if features are close to the bend line.

For detailed guidance on avoiding deformation with bent parts, see our Bending Deformation Guidelines.

If you have any questions about previewing your parts, our Support team is happy to help!

In Summary:

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 quote and configuration dialogue.

Then, under the preview image of your part, select the Tools option. From there you can directly measure your part or quickly access material specifications if a material is selected for the part.

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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″