Max. size of drawing: Depends on material(thickness)
Margin: Allow a margin of 5 mm from the sides without cutting or engraving lines.
Scale: Draw scale 1:1, using millimeters as unit
File format: .DXF (Autocad-file, from Illustrator: ‘Export’ to . dxf)
Lay out: ‘Basic’ drawings: remove all objects except cut and engraving lines (so no measurement lines, centre lines, etc.)
Stroke: use thin lines (0.2mm or hairline)
Ungroup all objects, and make sure that all your lines are joined together into one path.
(Illustrator: commando ‘Join’)
Remove all infill’s (fills, hatches, etc.)
Remove objects in invisible or frozen layers
Remove all clipping masks
Be careful: every line will be cut! If you have multiple lines on top of each other they will all be cut.
Text: Create outlines of texts. (Illustrator: command ‘Create Outlines’, CAD programs: command ‘Explode’)
Nest: Putting all parts from the same material together on one sheet in the most materially efficient way to go.
Width: A cutting line is about 0.15/0.2mm thick, depending on the material and the material thickness
Engraving: Do you want to have something vector or raster engraved? Click here for more information and check below for our guidelines.

Guidelines for laser engraving

Do you want to cut as well as engrave? Put the cutting paths in one layer and the engraving paths in another, and colour the paths as below:

Layer name Line colour
cut blue (RGB 0,0,255)
vector engrave red (RGB 255,0,0)
raster engrave green (RGB 0,255,0)