The different processes have different requirements, and therefore, not all file types are appropriate for every manufacturing process. Most times, having the right file saves time and make things much easier and faster for the manufacturer.

Here goes a list of the file formats that suit each process:

  • CNC Machining:

    • .STEP

    • .STP

    • .IGES

    • .PDF

  • Sheet Metal:

    • .STEP

    • .STP

    • .IGES

    • .PDF

    • .DXF

    • .DWG

  • 3D Printing:

    • .STL

  • Injection Moulding:

    • .STEP

    • .STP

    • .IGES

    • .PDF

Please remember that only one of these files might not be sufficient, as some processes need of supporting files. Click here to see Why do I need a supporting file?


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