Drawing Setup

laser cutting drawing
Each laser cutting project begins as a digital file that our laser cutter will read to cut or engrave certain parts of the file into your material of choice. Laser cutters generally work with vector files, which will usually come from Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, CorelDraw, or other vector artwork software with which you are familiar. Vector files work with laser cutting because they represent your artwork mathematically in a way that can scale and be converted easily into CNC code for our laser cutters to read. We accept .ai, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr, or .svg file types.

If you do not have a vector file of your artwork or do not know how to create one, then just send us whatever you have. We can convert a sketch, drawing or even idea into a vector file. If you are creating your own file, please follow the guidelines below:

Laser Cutting (a full cut, through the material): Red lines (hairline thickness) RGB (255,0,0)

Vector Engraving (non-image engraving): Blue lines (hairline thickness) RGB (0,0,255)

Raster Engraving (image engraving): Black lines and fills RGB (0,0,0)

For more instructions on file set up for specific pieces of software, check out this laser cutting guide for Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, or Rhino.

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