How to Prepare a DXF for Laser Cutting

Your DXF tells our lasers where to cut and engrave your part.  Because your drawing is used to create a cut program, it needs to be prepared properly to tell the machine where to cut.  Follow the guidelines below to make sure your drawing is prepped for laser-cutting.


Your drawing should outline your part(s).  It should not contain dimensions, tables, or notes


Your drawing can contain multiple individual parts, or a single part

A drawing with multiple parts:

A drawing with one metal parts, with letter cutouts:

Both types of drawing are OK, but make sure you are getting what you want!  If our system detects multiple parts, it will let you know.


Part outlines must not contain gaps or overlapping lines

Our system follows the lines in your drawing to figure out what should be inside or outside your finished part (we pierce the metal and lead-in outside your finished part).  If your outlines have gaps, the system cannot determine where your part begins and ends.

The part below has a gap in the H, circled in red:

If your drawing has a gap like the one shown above, it will tell you it has found an "open" contour.  We can cut open contours, but the machine will pierce directly on the line and follow it, so you may a hole at the pierce point.  Our system also allows you to tell us to engrave an open contour, or ignore it.