Why can’t you use raster files or photos?

To laser cut, waterjet cut, or CNC route parts, we can’t use raster files or photos because our cutting machines require vector files. They cannot cut a part using a pixel-based image file (PNG, JPEG, TIFF formats).

Laser, waterjet, and CNC cutters can only process path-based vector files (DXF, DWG, EPS, .AI formats) since the paths function like a map that the machine can follow to cut your parts.

Raster file or photo versus a vector file

For more detail, check out Why We Require Vector Files for Laser Cutting and our guides on converting from raster to vector.

In Summary

Why can’t you use raster files or photos?

Laser, waterjet, and CNC cutters can only process path-based vector files (DXF, DWG, EPS, .AI formats) since the paths function like a map that the machine can follow to cut your parts.

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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..345″
Recommended panel materialStainless Steel
Coating typePassivated
Length.250″
304 Stainless Steel material ranges0.048″-0.125″
316 Stainless Steel material ranges0.060″-0.125″