Drawing Guidelines

Below are some guidelines to take into consideration when supplying any artwork. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

Supply of drawings

All files / drawings supplied must be fully dimensioned in millimetres with tolerances highlighted.

Supply of data files

The preferred formats are:

  • DXF
  • DWG
  • EPS (vector lines)
  • Ai (vector lines)
  • Solidworks; assembly or part files (all format files)*
  • Inventor; assembly or part files (all format files)*
  • STEP files from all other 3D packages*

These files must be purged of all non-editable entities (eg. splines, blocks, layers, dim styles and line types).
There must be no zero length entities, duplicate entities or title blocks.
Entities to be cut must be scaled 1:1 - preferably in metric units.
All endpoints must join and not overlap.
No construction lines or crosshairs.
*All 3D files must be designed from sheet metal body features not solid body. They also require a flat pattern DXF file (with fold lines if the part is folded), and an associated dimensioned PDF or drawing file.


Transmittal of data files

Data files for all cutting processes can be supplied on CD, Memory stick (USB) or e-mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supply of samples

Samples must be clean and in a condition that measurements can easily be established. Tolerances must be specified or crucial measurements noted.


Please note Laser Cut Tolerance is generally (+ or -) 0.2mm. Please discuss your requirements if tighter tolerances are required.