Like a printer controls a nozzle, the computer controls the movement of a sharp blade over the surface of the material. This blade is used to cut out your custom shapes typically using your drawing data as a .dxf or .drg file. To cut out a design, a vector-based image must be created with software, the design is then sent to the cutter where it cuts along the vector paths laid out in the design. The cutter is capable of moving the blade on an X and Y axis over the material, cutting it into any shape imaginable. Since most materials come in long rolls, projects with significant length like linear lighting applications can be easily cut as well. Unlike many machines we can cut up to 200mm thickness in 3d shapes in solids such as nylon, foams, metals, optical grade plastics and thermal gap pads.