Drawings


IMPORTANT! Only submit drawings for items that cannot be ordered online or by spreadsheet. Drawings for those orders are created automatically, avoiding setup time and cost.

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Drawings - Best Practices

General

Our process allows us to replicate your designs from the drawing file directly. We need a clean, scaled drawing to send to the laser engraver. Typical examples include Machine Data Plates, HMI Overlays and OEM applications.

  • Only full scale drawings
  • You may put multiple items in one drawing file
  • No scanning or faxing
  • No hatching or color fills
  • No hidden lines
  • We use Arial.ttf font
  • Max size is 17.5" x 23.5"
  • Black and white only - Black will be engraved.

Drawing Layers - Our software imports all layers in dwg files, even Off or Frozen layers. To avoid problems with importing, please remove all drawing objects from unseen layers. Only 1 layer should have content.

The Laser Sees All - That means hidden lines will be cut. Two lines stacked on top of each another will cut twice. You can't hide anything from the laser.


File Format

The best file format often depends on the software. The table below will provide a starting point.

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Drawing Software Preferred Format Notes
Autodesk AutoCAD *.dwg or *.pdf dwg files must be Version 2013 or prior
3D - Solidworks, Inventor, etc. *.pdf Must be exported from the software directly.
No printing and scanning. Avoid pdf distillers if possible. Export Text as Text (rather than as outlines or curves).
Visio, Illustrator, TurboCAD, all others *.pdf Must be exported from the software directly.
No printing and scanning. Avoid pdf distillers if possible. Export Text as Text (rather than as outlines or curves).

Dimensions

Detailed dimensions are not required. It is good practice to provide overall dimensions so we can check the scale after importing. This is especially important if using the *.pdf format. All dimensions must be manually removed prior to manufacturing, so fewer is better.


good drawing dimensions

Perfect! Minimal dimensions used to confirm scaling.


bad drawing dimensions

Our process replicates the part as drawn, so detailed dimensions are not needed.


Drawing Details

Remove details that are not to be cut or engraved.


good drawing details

Good! Ready to process.


bad drawing details

Remove push button details. Show 30.5mm hole to be cut.


Color Filling

Use drawing notes to indicate colors. Color filled areas and hatching are not supported.


no drawing fills

Good drawing ready for production.


drawing fills not needed

Color filling must be removed. Our process engraves anything filled. Color fills often hide unwanted details.


Outlines or Edges

Single line edges only. No bevels or thin rectangles for edges. Try to avoid hidden lines (lines stacked on top of each other).


no bevels shown

Good drawing ready to go.


bevels shown

Double lines (an attempt to show a bevel) must be removed.