Design guidelines

LaserBoost is designed to be easy and fast. Understanding some basic rules about our services is key to streamlining the processing of your order and our cutting process.

 

Get inspired. Create and upload your document to the configurator. We will take care of the rest.

Your files.

Supported documents and examples

We’re not going to change the way you work. That’s why we accept all types of vector files. Sending your files in the following formats will speed up production and delivery.

File Formats Automatically Recognized by the configurator

Upload the following formats to our configurator and our online tool to take with everything you need to show the price of your part.

 

Other supported formats

You can also upload the files in the following formats, but you must manually enter some values ​​such as height, width and Path Length.

Documents.rar

Documents.zip

↓ Download STP Example

We also accept other vector formats

Getting your documents ready

We are prepared for everything. Even so, you must check that your files meet the following three requirements to place your order successfully

1 - Real Size Scale

​Your part should be the exact size you want it to be cut (1: 1 scale). The units in which you must upload your file are millimeters (mm).

2 - Your File must contain only the strokes to cut.

To save time (and money) your document should be free of dimensions, notes, borders and objects that should not be cut.

3 - One File, One Part

Designers are often tempted to send multiple parts on the same document to streamline the production process. Actually for us, the task gets more difficult and the delivery time slows down. Your document should only contain one unit of the part to be properly manufactured, you can adjust the number of parts on the right side of the configurator.

4 - All the shapes of your part must be connected

Your part need to be composed of a single entity, otherwise it is dealing with more than one piece in the same document. One solution to solve this is to join with "bridges" the entities.

5 - All lines connected

Your documents must be free of junctions and intersections. Joints must be clean and accurate.

6 - Closed Contour

Our cutting process follows the lines of your document, if your line does not compose a closed contour, the part cannot be manufactured correctly.

7 - Texts converted to shapes / path

In the world there are fantastic fonts, but we do not have all of the existing fonts in our computers. To prevent us from getting a wrong view of your text we need you to convert the text into outlines.

 

Our magical process.

Laser cutting, like all industrial processes, has limitations. Below, we briefly describe the three basic limitations so that you will be able to design safely.

Maximum cutting measurements

Our online laser-cutting service is available for parts up to 1000mm x 1000mm.

Do you need a larger parts? Contact us.

Minimum measurements of holes and bridges

The laser technology makes a perforation shot for each hole your design contains. In the small holes and bridges, there is a minimum diameter (ø) and distance (s) related to the thickness to ensure that the finish is correct and free of burns, imperfections, and carbonized zones. We will produce your part according to your design, the finish of all parts containing values lower than the shown will be responsibility of the customer.

Setting Kerf

Kerf is defined as the width of material that is removed by a cutting process. It was originally used to describe how much metal was removed by the laser beam.

 

Some vector editors and online templates have this value as a modifiable user input. In LaserBoost you have to set this parameter as 0.00mm, so you have to send us / upload the exactly part you want. Once in our workshop, our machines automatically define Kerf value depending of the material and cut technology.

Kerf = 0.00mm

 

LaserBoost Configurator

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. We ask you for the minimal details of your creation to instantly generate a competitive and real price. Upload your file, fill in the information and your creation will come true. Below are the four parameters of our configurator:

1 - Material

​Select the material you want for your creation as well as its available finishes (galvanized, satin, mirror, etc.). More information about the materials.

2 - Thickness

The thickness will determine the depth of the part. It is a key factor that will affect the rigidity, cut, and weight of your creation.

3 - Measurements

The total measurements along the length and width of the part are key values in the configurator. The total measurements can be up to 1000mm x 1000mm. A quick way to find this parameter is to draw a rectangle around your design with your favorite software.

4 - Path Length

Path length refers to the total sum of the length of all the strokes (or lines) that make up your creation—in other words, the total distance of the shapes needed to draw your part.

 

How to find the total Path Length of your part:

       AutoCad

There is no specific tool in AutoCad to find this parameter, but you can easily find it with the TLEN.lsp routine (↓download TLEN.lsp). If you are not familiar with the use of lisp routines, simply open the document TLEN.lsp with your text editor (Notepad, TextEdit...), copy (win: ctrl + c | mac: cmd + c) and paste (win: ctrl + v | mac: cmd + v) ALL the text and characters in your command line and press Enter. Then type "TLEN" in the command line and follow the system instructions (select the objects), select all your part and press Enter. A message will appear with the value of the total stroke length

When using this method, the lisp is only loaded for the current session. If you want the TLEN function as a permanent feature, you just have to add it in the Startup Suite or the acaddoc.lsp file.

iLlustrator

Finding the total length of strokes in iLlustrator is the easy. Go to Window > Document info. This will open a pop-up window. In the small drop-down menu of the pop-up, choose Objects. Now select your entire drawing and it will show its total length.

Remember to check the true stroke in Outline mode (win: ctrl + y | mac: cmd + y). In case your part contains text, create the stroke lines, in Type> Create Outlines, witch will convert the typography into lines. Always, ungroup all lines (select all + right mouse)

 
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