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1. How do you calculate a part's flat pattern?
Add up all the outside dimensions and subtract one bend deduction for every bend 90 degrees or more. Bends less than 90 will require less than a full deduction. See our chart under tools for values.
2. What is the minimum flange height we can form on any given material?
The typical width of a V-die opening is 6 times the material thickness. Therefore the minimum ID of the flange would be 3-½ times the material thickness. There must be enough material to rest on the V-die in order that it won't slip off. Example: 16 gauge (.063") 3.5 x 0.63 = .220. There are exceptions to this rule. Please call us at 909.799.0088 for more help.
3. Should I design parts that require using the mill width of the sheet?
When shearing, punching, or laser cutting a part we require room for trimming, squaring, or set-back. Especially with laser cutting, we cannot cut to the edge of the sheet. Allow ½" all the way around to be safe. Example: 48" wide sheet, maximum part size 47". Exceptions are made.
4. What kind of files do I need in order to have something punched, laser cut, or fabricated?
The best file formats to get your parts cut accurately and efficiently are: .dxf and .dwg. All CAD software will export these. We prefer 2-D files, not models or 3-D.
5. How can I pay for my product?
For new/first time customers, we offer terms of COD, payable by cash, check or bank transfer. For clients looking to establish a repeat partnership with Brydenscot, we do offer terms of Net 30 on approved credit. Unfortunately at this time we are not accepting credit cards as a form of payment.
6. What types of materials do you laser cut?
At the moment we can cut mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum and titanium. We are adding a new laser that will allow us to laser cut copper and brass (May 2017). Our equipment does not allow for us to cut plastics, wood or paper products.