Quick Start Guide

Introduction, Overview of Content and Quick Links.

Submission and Machine

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Cut Order

CUT-Primary & CUT-Secondary

When cutting metal, parts often move as they are cut free from the sheet. To minimise the effect this has on your job, we recommend you separate your curves into primary (green) and secondary (blue) cut layers (see image below). This separation of curve colour will order the internal curves to be cut before the external curves; avoiding any parts moving before they are completed.

Engraving Metal

Please note we cannot engrave (etch & raster) on aluminium or brass. Engraving on shiny materials reflects the laser beam back up towards the nozzle and can damage the machine. Therefore we are limited to engraving on mild steel, stainless steel & non-metals.

RASTER

For any areas of solid hatch geometry place these on the black RASTER layer. Raster engraving has a great result on both mild & stainless steel. Keep in mind it is quite a slow process and if you have a lot of raster engraving your job can get expensive quite quickly due to time costs.

ETCH

For any vector engraving place these on the red ETCH layer. The result when etching on steel is a faint marking great for surface detailing, reference lines, or annotating parts to help with assembly. Etch lines on metal are not deep enough to be used as crease lines like you would on other thin materials. If you want to fold metal you will need to use the Magnabend during post-processing.

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