Laser & Bend

Small to medium sized jobs with quick turnaround

Our Mazak laser can quickly turn out small to medium sized jobs to keep your projects on track. Using RADAN nesting software we will maximize customer jobs to give you the quickest service possible at a fair price.

Not every shop is willing to cut aluminum and stainless material. But since we utilize both in our own products we will be happy to cut for you as well. And if you need steel, we do that too up to 1″ thick!

Specifications

Laser Type

CO2 Gas

Laser Configuration

Hybrid Optics
Flying Optics in Y and Z Axis
Fixed Optics in X Axis

Cutting Axis

3 Axis

Materials

Aluminum
Steel
Stainless Steel
Mild Steel
Diamond Tread Plate
AR Plate / Abrasion Impact Resistant
Heavy Plate

Expanded Metal
Customer Supplied Material
Perforated Sheet
Ferrous Metals
Non Ferrous Metals
Hardox Wear Plate
Thin Metal Sheets

Maximum Cutting Thickness

Aluminum: 1/4″ max
Stainless Steel: 1/4″ max
Mild Steel: 1″ max

Maximum Cutting Length

120in / 10 ft / 3048mm

Maximum Cutting Width

60in / 5 ft / 1524mm

Maximum Kerf

0.008" / 0.2032mm

Minimum Hole Size

20% smaller than material thickness

Maximum Output Power

4000W

Tolerance

+/-0.0035″ / 0.0889mm

Volume

Large or small quantities
Prototyping available

Delivery/Lead Time

Quick turn around and short lead times

Equipment List

Mazak Super Turbo-X Mk III 4000W X510

Automation

Automatic Torit Dust Collector
Nesting Software for fair pricing

Assist Gas

Oxygen (O2)
Nitrogen (N2)

Drawing Types Accepted

.dxf files preferred (export as inches only)
.dwg files
Solid Edge Files
Drawings
Blueprints
Sample pieces

Secondary Operations

Etching
Forming / Bending
Tapping
Milling
Lathe / Turning
Welding / MIG / TIG
Painting
Powder Coating

General Guidelines for DXF files

Feel free to download our example DXF file!
  • Check Dimensions
    • Save your DXF files in inches
    • Some CAD/Modeling software will save the file with the print/drawing, we only want the part itself!
    • Depending on how the file is saved the ratio/scale will be incorrect, it is best practice to measure the DXF file to confirm that your part is the same size the DXF calls for
  • Holes
    • Holes cannot be less than 20% smaller than the material thickness
    • If you have tapped holes, only save the inner hole for laser cutting, otherwise there will be nothing left to tap!
  • Etching
    • Remember that etching will only be on the top side of the part, anything etched that is upside-down will get etched wrong. In the following incorrect example, notice how the user exported the text and bend line that is on the bottom of the part. In regard to the bend line, this might not be much of an issue, but the text is now etched on backwards on the top of this part, not good!
      • Simple 3d part showing text on the top and bottom of the part, and how only the top text should be etchedBad example of laser etching DXF file where the backward upside-down text would be incorrectly etched
    • ALWAYS export etch text as geometry/paths, NOT as a text box. This means that if you hover over parts of your text each part is its own line
      • Bad example of a DXF file where text is saved as a text box and not geometry pathsGood example of DXF file text exported as geometry paths and not as a text box
    • If you want something to be etched, you can do any of the following:
      • Make DXF etch color “Cyan”
      • Place the etch on its own layer with the layer name as one of the following:
        • Etch
        • Etched
        • Etching
        • UP_ETCH
  • Forming/Bends
    • If you are etching your bends, in most cases it makes sense to only etch the up bends, and not anything that will be bent down
  • Radius Corners
    • Lasers get hot, and slowing down for corners can lead to over burning on sharp corners. While we have developed our own in-house software to help prevent this, it is still recommended to place a small radius on your parts. If the radius is small enough (0.015in / .381mm) it may not even be visually noticeable
    • Depending on the application of the part, keep in mind how people will interact with it, sharp corners can hurt, so it may be best to add a larger radius on your part

Creating DXFs for Laser Cutting in Solid Edge

Feel free to download our already made Solid Edge 2021+ sheet metal template!
  • Create a Sheet Metal file (.psm)
    • If your company doesn’t already have a sheet metal template, you can use the download provided above, or start by creating a new file
    • Dropdown the Standard Templates -> ANSI Inch -> and select “ansi inch sheet metal.psm”
      • Solid Edge creating new sheet metal .psm file from template
    • Create a new tab for your design
      • Solid Edge function to add a tab to your sheet metal .psm part
    • Draw and create your part and when you’re ready continue to the “Saving DXFs” section
  • Flat-Pattern Treatments – Automatically Radius Corners
    • Solid Edge provides options for cleaning up your drawings for laser cutting through flat-pattern treatments. This treatment includes adding radii to corners, and simplifying splines
    • If you use our template, this will already be done for you, as it is saved within the .psm file. If not, the first thing you’ll want to do is open the settings, in the top right hit the Solid Edge logo -> Settings -> Options -> Flat-Pattern Treatments, and select the dropdown for both outside and inside corner treatments as radius, with a value to your liking, we recommend outside value of 0.030in / 0.762mm and an inside value of 0.005in / 0.127mm
      • Solid Edge options for treating your flat patterns with automatic radii
  • Saving DXFs
    • There are several ways to save your parts as below are just two ways to save your files for laser cutting
    • Consider checking out the Flat-Pattern Treatments step before continuing as it will auto-add radii to your part and allow for a cleaner finish
  • Save .psm as Flat (Easier)
    • The easiest way to create a DXF file is with “Save As Flat” which can be found by clicking the Solid Edge logo in the top left corner -> Save As -> Save As Flat
      • Solid Edge save as function to create a DXF file from a flat pattern
    • Clicking this button will either bring up a window to save your file if you have a flat pattern associated with your part, or it will allow you to select a face to save
    • Once you get to the file explorer, it is important to click the Options button before saving
      • Solid Edge saving DXF file by specifying different save options
    • This will bring up a dialog box on how we will export text and lines
      • Solid Edge save as flat DXF options
    • You may copy the above settings, or change the important sections:
      • Make sure that the only Cyan DXF color is “Up Etch” or “Up Features” as this will make sure that etching is only applied to the text and bend lines that are “upright” on the part
      • Disable “Complex Hole” under the export to DXF column, this will make sure that a threaded hole will not have double holes, but rather will only the smaller hole will be laser cut
      • If you are etching text, it is very important that at the top, you have “Export Etch text as geometry (font mapping not applied), this will make sure your text is exported as a path, and not a text box
    • After those settings are changed, you can name your part, save, and send your design off to us to cut!
  • Save .draft file as .dxf (Harder)
    • If your company doesn’t already have a draft template start by creating a new file, select the dropdown Standard Templates -> ANSI Inch -> and select “ansi inch draft.dft”
    • Drag your part from a file explorer window, or use the “View Wizard” button to load your part, before placing your part, it is important that you switch to a flat view of your part
    • This flat view can be accessed by clicking “View Wizard – Drawing View Wizard Options” and selecting “Flat pattern”
      • Solid Edge View Wizard Drawing View Wizard Options
      • Solid Edge Drawing View Wizard Options flat pattern options
    • Your part should hopefully be upright already, but if it isn’t, you can use the button to the right of the previous button labeled “View Wizard – Drawing View Layout” to rotate your part
    • Once your part is upright, place it on the draft page, then once it’s placed select that piece and right click on it and hit “Draw In View.” This Draw In View allows the part to be saved
      • Solid Edge draw in view allows for 1-to-1 sizing of the DXF file
    • Once in the draw in view mode, you can “save as” your part and select .dxf as the file type. Here you can name your part, save, and send your design off to us to cut!
      • Solid Edge save as DXF file selection

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