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File Formats for Laser Cutting

Files We Accept:

For laser cutting, we only accept vector files. We currently accept .ai and .eps (preferred), and also .dwg, and .dxf.

Rasterized file types cannot be used for laser cutting (.jpg, .tiff, .png, .bmp).

We do accept rasterized file types for laser etching if scaled to-size and ideally at 300dpi.

Stuck with only a raster file? Contact us to see if we can convert or recreate it into a vector file via our custom design services. 

 

Sizing Your Artwork

When sending in your files, make sure they are properly sized. The size of the artwork in your design software should be the exact same size you want the finished product.

Removing Unnecessary Lines and Text

Files should only contain your vector or raster artwork. We do not need measurements, guidelines, or informational text in the files. Since the artwork should already be to-size, any other information can be noted on your order and does not need to be in the artwork file.

Converting Text to Outlines

The laser reads text best when it has been turned into a vector, instead of an active text box. This also helps us avoid having to download every font our customers use. Depending on what design software you use, this process may be called “convert to outlines” or “expand”.
 

Bridging Shapes and Text

If you plan to cut the outline of your artwork, remember that you will lose small internal parts. That means bridging may be necessary. This can be done by either turning your text and/or shapes into stencil-type art, with the internal pieces connected, or by attaching unconnected letters/shapes together with an underline or border. If you need help with this, contact us for custom design services. 


 

Avoiding Intersecting and Duplicate Cut Lines

When combining objects together or when bridging, make sure overlapping lines are removed and that those intersection points are joined together. Also be sure there are no duplicate lines, as the laser will cut them twice and potentially damage the finished product.


 

Closing Open Shapes

Make sure all of the shapes in your artwork are closed. This means that all the outlines are fully connected. This is especially important for cut lines.


 

No Need to Nest

If you’re having multiple of the same shape cut, just send us the artwork once. We have software that is used to fit as many as possible into the workable space of the laser.

Max File Sizes

MAX LASER CUTTING/ETCHING FILE SIZE: 600mmx900mm (23.62"x35.43")

MAX CNC CUTTING/ENGRAVING FILE SIZE: 610mmx1210mm (24.0157"x47.6378")