The Twin Cities'
Parts Cutting Solution
Here is a run down of how we like to see things handed off in general.
For 3/4” material, we generally like to see a minimum of 5/8” between parts and
a minimum of 1/4” between any part and the edge of the panel. Setting the
depth (z level) of a cut is a manual process, so you can just let us know in a note
on the drawing, in an email, or in the layer name on the CAD drawing. The CAD
drawing should show the outline of the panel (sheet of material) with the parts
placed inside at the proper spacing. All sheets should be in a single file.
If you want us to nest your parts on to sheets, just leave the parts outside of the
sheet outline, or forget the sheet outline and let us know the dimensions
(including thickness) of the material you would like to use.
Rabbets and dados should be closed geometries (i.e., rectangles) that extend
beyond the edge of the part by at least 1/4” on the ends and 1/8” on the sides.
Any inside corners on the perimeter of a part, or in a cut out, should be left
square. Unless otherwise noted we use a 1/2” diameter bit for all routing, so you
will get a 1/4” inside corner radius. You can call out a 1/4” diameter bit for 3/4”
and thinner material, or an 1/8” diameter bit for 1/2” and thinner material. You
just need to keep in mind that smaller diameter bits increase the machine time.
Our boring (drilling) bits are all metric (3 to 13 mm diameters in 1 mm
increments). Holes larger than 13 mm can be routed to any size needed and if
you want a non-metric size under 13 mm, there is a $50 tooling charge for the
bit, the mounting, and the calibration.
We use AutoCAD for CAD work, so we prefer to get your CAD file as a dxf or dwg
file (or both if you can). While we do all CAD to CAM programming (set up tool
paths, etc.), we encourage you to do your own CAD work (or use a third party
programmer). If needed, and your parts are of reasonable complexity, we can
generate your CAD file from scratch, if you give us a paper or pdf drawing with
all of the dimensions called out.
We charge $90/hr for programming (CAD generation, CAD cleanup, and CAD to
CAM) and $130/hr for machine time. We are glad to give you a fixed price quote
once we have your CAD file.
We can buy the material or you can buy it. We have a forklift and dock, so if you
buy the material, you need to have it delivered on a dock truck or get it up on
our dock so we can pick it up with our forklift. We quote material separately, so
you can decide if you want to get it yourself.
If you want your parts strapped to a pallet and wrapped for shipping, we charge
$60 per 4’ x 4’ pallet and $120 per 4’ x 8’ pallet. All quotes are FOB our dock, and
you are responsible for setting up the shipping with the carrier of your choice.
We are typically scheduling out 2 to 4 weeks, and require a 50% deposit to add
your job to the calendar. (If 2 to 4 weeks doesn’t meet your needs, ask about
expediting options when you request a quote.)
We always let you know immediately when your parts (or pallet) are ready for