What is a CAD drawing? and why do I need one?
CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawings contain all the information we require to produce your component. For simple straight line cutting a CAD drawing would not be required however for most routing jobs a CAD drawing is required.
How do I obtain a CAD drawing?
There are a number of CAD applications on the market such as AutoCAD and Solidworks are two popular ones amongst many. Once the design has been drawn in one of these packages a DXF file. (Document Exchange Format or Drawing Interchange Format) can be exported and sent via email to us which we use to programme our machines.
What if I create my designs using a Adobe package such as Illustrator?
One can "Live Trace" in Illustrator and export as a DXF, however these are rarely usable and normally have to be redrawn using a CAD application.
So what can ProCut do to help?
If you are unable to access the appropriate CAD package, ProCut will take your design and produce a full DXF file that is suitable for most CNC machines at a very reasonable cost.