All information, prices, instructions, and DRC/CAM files are contained in the form below. Please read it carefully!
PCB files and settings have changed!
Please download the following files and place them in their respective folders within the Eagle directory (something like “C:\EAGLE-7.7.0”). If you’re using Eagle through CAEDM Citrix then the files are already there. Just remember to use them!
These files have been updated, so even if you have downloaded them in the past please re-download and replace them.
Make sure to use the DRC file and fix all possible clearance issues before exporting your gerber files, otherwise your board may be delayed or milled incorrectly!
KiCAD settings can be found here. The important settings are boxed in red. Although most of these can be changed if necessary, they provide the best default settings for our service. When applying the settings to a pre-made board, make sure to check everything after applying the new settings to make sure your board is compliant.
- Acceptable File formats are *.stl or *.obj
- The Shop has two Raise3D Pro2 printers. They print using PLA.
- All prints must fit within an area of 12x12x11.8 in (304.5x304.5x299.5 mm)
- Layer thickness is .05mm-.25mm (Typicaly .20mm)
ABS- Strong plastic that is slightly more flexible than PLA, which makes creating interlocking pieces or pin connected pieces easier to work with. It is easily sanded and machined, and is soluble in acetone allowing one to weld parts together with a drop or two, or smooth and create high gloss by brushing or dipping full pieces in Acetone. It has a higher melting point giving it more thermal resistance.
Softening Temperature: ~212� F
Melting Temperature: ~230� F
PLA- Also strong, harder (and more brittle) than ABS, though printed objects will generally have a glossier look and feel than ABS. With a little more work, PLA can also be sanded and machined. The lower melting temperature of PLA makes it unsuitable for many applications as even parts spending the day in a hot car may droop or deform, however, it can produce much larger prints without warping and requires less support. Not soluble in acetone.
Softening Temperature: ~140� F
Melting Temperature: ~320� F
UltraT- Similar to ABS, high strength, high temp, soluble in acetone, but harder and less prone to shrinkage so it produces better results on larger prints with less warping/cracking.
Softening Temperature: ~270� F
Melting Temperature: ~291� F
ABS, PLA and UltraT cost $0.18/gram
You need to select a fill level for the solid objects. Understand that most projects only require Low levels of infill to be structurally sound.
CUTTING AREA: 13" x 20"
RASTER/ENGRAVING AREA: 13" x 18"
MAX MATERIAL SIZE: 16" x 22.5"
REQUIRED FILE FORMAT: .DXF (2D only)
.SVG (standard vector file) (preferred)
.BMP (for image engraving)
Laser cutting costs $.05/min cutting/rastering runtime
Include tables under: (Tables are in the project request Form)
-Never Cut These Materials
We have a marking coating called 'CerMark' (LMM-14 and LMM-6000).
It can be applied to metal before being etched to leave behind a semi-permanent dark black mark.
It works decently well if done right, but is not perfect.
It does not actually help etch the metal, just leaves behind a burned black residue in the path of the laser.
How to Determine what is cuttable:There is no good way to determine exactly what an unknown material is or whether it can safely be cut, but the following have some good info to help narrow it down.
(When in doubt, put a small flame to the edge. If it chars it's PC, if it just melts and bubbles, it's acrylic)
Remember, just because it is "safe" to cut, doesn't mean it will cut well.
The thicknesses listed are MAX thicknesses and many are estimates.
Our laser is only 40W, so thicker materials may not cut as well, and the cut line will be wider at the top of the piece than at the bottom.
Some types of bare metal surfaces are engrave-able, most are not. For example, steel with a dull finish will sometimes work, aluminum will not unless it is anodized.