In order to run an application on the machine, you must create design files to bring to the FabLight. Below is a birds-eye view of how to get from your SolidWorks design to a physical laser-cut piece. More details for each step can be found in the relevant manuals, located here (requires Freshdesk login for access. Ask your machine manager for a copy if you are not an authorized service user).
Create Design Files
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1. Design your part in 3D CAD
Create your part in SolidWorks.
(The FabLight works better with arcs than splines, so Illustrator is not recommended for exporting shapes)
If you are making tubes, you can use our Weldment Library to assist with common shapes.
(3D Fab Light Support may refer to this original SolidWorks tube file as the "pre-processed" file)
2. Export your design as a DXF
For sheets, manually export your Solidworks file as a .dxf
For tubes, you can use the 3D Fab Plugin to automatically unwrap the tube and export as a .dxf
(3D Fab Light Support may refer to these automatic exports as the "post-processed" file)
3. Convert the DXF into a FAB file
Import the .dxf into FabCreator to make and save it into a .fab file to bring to the machine via USB
Bring Files to FabLight
Upload the FAB file to the machine
Insert the USB in the machine to pull up the .fab file on the HMI.
Preview the job
With the .fab file loaded, you can preview the application on the HMI, and review the cut/engrave/raster process(es).
Run the Application
Load the stock material into the machine, set the soft home for the job, and run the job.
Review the illustrative guide to Good vs. Bad Job Results (link requires login) to become familiar with what to look for when running a job and when to request support to get ahead of any cut quality issues.