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How to Spec. a Laser Cut Box for Vendor?
I would love to hear recommendations and best practices from the Onshape user community regarding how to specify a plywood box for laser cutting.
This simplified model has a front panel and right side panel, finger-jointed together. The front panel includes engraved text. How would you communicate this design to a laser cutting vendor? My understanding is that laser cutters typically work from DXF files but that different types of cuts would be segregated on two or more layers:
- Thru cuts
- Partial depth cuts (w/ some way to differentiate between vector-perimeter cuts and raster-area cuts)
But unless I overlooked the obvious, OnShape does not offer layering.
I would be happy to share the document directly with anyone who wants to roll up their sleeves and collaborate on this.
So far my work flow is to:
- Create the parts and flat layout in a Part Studio
- Create an assembly from the layout
- Create a drawing from the assembly (delete all border entities, resize background to large format, 1:1 scale)
- Export drawing as DXF
DXF units, or lack thereof, seem to be a whole 'nother can of worms with potential for designer/vendor communication errors.