What are tabs? How can they be removed?

Tabs are used to keep your parts from falling out of the parent sheet during laser cutting, waterjet cutting, or CNC routing.

For laser cut and waterjet cut materials, we cut a bit of additional material about 0.010”-0.015” thick on the outside of your parts to create micro tabs. It’s easy enough to break parts out of the sheet by hand, but strong enough to hold them in during machining. 

CNC fixture tabs will be a bit larger. We will create a small tab that is approximately .187″ wide, with a depth that is half the material thickness.

Tabs can be easily removed by sanding them off by hand, or using a metal file. You don’t need to add micro tabs to your design because we automatically do it for you during nesting. We make sure all tabs and lead-ins are outside your part geometry so your design remains true to what you originally send us. Tab addition is an automatic process, so we’re unable to provide custom tab placement.

Please note, we do not provide tab removal with parts that have finishing services such as powder coating, so the tabs will be visible through the finish.

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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″