Raster vs. Vector
Our cutting process ultimately requires a defined “vector” based image. If you don’t have vector, we convert it. Vector based images can be scaled without compromising design accuracy and detail. Pixel based images lose clarity when you enlarge.
CAD (Computer-aided design) drawings are generally vector type. There are several vector drawing formats, including DWG, IGES and AI, however, DXF is preferred for our cutting process. When possible, please send your drawings as a DXF.
Rastor Graphic Formats
There are several types of Rastor Graphic formats, including JPEG, GIF, BMP, PCX, PICT, PNG, TIFF. If we receive a pixelated drawing, it will have to be converted. This process can be time consuming and may require customer input regarding how best to define the image using vectorized scanning and tracing methods. Resolution (density of pixels) becomes important when sending Rastor Graphic images.
COMMON PROBLEMS WITH VECTOR DRAWINGS
Common drawing problems are often too small to see until the image is enlarged (zoomed) for review.