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What file formates are CNC machinists and or water jet places generally able to open/use? I want to get some stuff cut and I want to make sure I design it in the right program.

I know SolidWorks files are usually usable, but I'd also like to know if there are any common alternatives.
    
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Originally Posted by Phos;12411134 
What file formates are CNC machinists and or water jet places generally able to open/use? I want to get some stuff cut and I want to make sure I design it in the right program.

I know SolidWorks files are usually usable, but I'd also like to know if there are any common alternatives.

You're probably best off to contact whoever you plan on using and find out from straight from the horse's mouth.
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.DXF works as well.
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Originally Posted by xtascox;12411166 
You're probably best off to contact whoever you plan on using and find out from straight from the horse's mouth.

Yeah, I'd do this. Only way to be sure.
    
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Originally Posted by xtascox;12411166 
You're probably best off to contact whoever you plan on using and find out from straight from the horse's mouth.

Best answer.
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The most commonly used CADD packages used are Soliworks, Pro/Engineer (now CREO Elements Pro), and CATIA; some may also use Audodesk Inventor or AutoCAD (more commonly 2D applications).

For the actual machining, probably a vast majority use MasterCAM. Most CAM suites will import models created by most of the popular CADD packages.
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Thanks for all the help, I've got a much better idea of where I'm going with this now.
    
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