In order to produce your part, we’ll need a file in one of the formats we accept.
For 2D files, we need a vector-based file of the design to be cut (DWG, DXF, or Adobe Illustrator format) showing just the flat cut pattern for the part at 1:1 scaling, and no additional information like text, borders, crosshairs, or dimensions. If you need a CAD file, we offer design services where our in-house team will take your sketch or template and create a CAD file. We also have a great list of trusted design partners who can help create and prepare artwork for laser cutting unless you will be providing the vector file.
For 3D files, we need a STEP or STP format file. Learn about the criteria for STEP/STP files here.
If you’d like to create your design file, you can check out our blog, which has many tutorials for different design programs including Inkscape, which is free and available for download if needed! We also highly recommend QCAD since it’s a well-documented open source program. If you’re an Adobe Illustrator user, we have several excellent Illustrator guides.
Please reference our design file guidelines and our critical geometry minimums on each individual material spec page. You can also reference our overall part size minimums and maximums.
Once you have the file prepared, you should be able to upload it to our instant quote tool to compare pricing in each of our materials before checking our through our website. When you create a free account, you can save designs, create saved carts and share them, and re-order instant-quoted parts with one click.
Our typical lead time for parts without additional services like bending, tapping, or anodizing is 2-4 business days before shipping, once the order is approved for production. Shipping speeds will vary based on the size and weight of your order.
In order to produce your part, we’ll need a 2D vector-based file of the design to be cut (DWG, DXF, EPS, or Adobe Illustrator format) showing just the flat cut pattern for the part at 1:1 scaling, and no additional information like text, borders, crosshairs, or dimensions.
We also accept 3D files in the STEP and STP formats. Your STEP/STP file must include only one solid body of uniform thickness to upload successfully.