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Analyze and Price a Design

Scan your design and get instant feedback.

Place an Order

Order your part.

Order Options

Change an order in progress, consolidate orders and more.

Get Order Status

Check the status of your order.

Pre-Order Checklist

Check your design before ordering to ensure the parts satisfy your needs.

Request a Manual Quote

Get a manual quote for your design.

Cost Reduction Guide

Tips to get the lowest price in eMachineShop CAD.

Analyze and Price a Design

The Analyzer scans your design and gives you instant feedback including warnings and errors. It will also instantly price your design.

Run the Analyzer periodically during your design process.

  1. Choose menu Job > Price/Analyze.
  2. On the right sidebar, review warnings and error messages displayed. If you click an error or warning, the corresponding part of your design will be highlighted.
  3. Resolve as many issues as possible to ensure the job will run smoothly and ship on time.
  4. The pricing dialog will appear, where you can specify the quantity and view the price.

Place an Order

  1. Choose menu Order > Review & Place Order.
  2. On the top of the pricing dialog, set the desired quantity.
  3. Choose a shipping method, and click Order.
  4. In the secure order dialog, enter the necessary information.
  5. Click Submit.

Order Options

Change an Order in Progress

  1. Choose menu File > Open and select the original file.
  2. Change the design and/or settings.
  3. Check menu Job > Settings > Order Options > Change order in progress.
  4. Review the notes regarding additional charges.
  5. In the required field, enter the original order number (this number can be found in the order confirmation email).
  6. In the remaining fields, enter the appropriate information.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Choose menu Order > Review & Place Order.
  9. Once the old order is cancelled and the new order is processed, you will receive a new confirmation email containing a new order number.

Consolidate Orders

Requesting shipment consolidation can reduce shipping costs.

  1. Orders to be consolidated must be placed on the same day.
  2. Choose menu Order > Review & Place Order and click Order.
  3. On the bottom of the order dialog, check Consolidate shipment of orders placed today.

Quick Turn Orders

Quick turn orders are offered for faster delivery (subject to acceptance review).

  1. Choose menu Order > Review & Place Order.
  2. In the pricing dialog, view the quick turn price and time options.

Quick turn orders must follow these specifications:

For 3D jobs:

  1. Material: Aluminum 6061.
  2. Small quantity (the threshold will be computed).
  3. Min (x,y,z) ≤ 2.9 inch.
  4. Mid (x,y,z) ≤ 11.9 inch.
  5. Max (x,y,z) ≤ 29 inch.
  6. No finishes.
  7. No user defined threads.
  8. Uncheck menu Job > Settings > Processes Required.
  9. No Comments To Machinist.
  10. Turned parts are currently not supported for quick turn.
  11. Tolerances ≥ +/- .005″.
  12. Inside corner arcs ≥ .125″.
  13. Roughness ≥ 63.

For 2D jobs:

  1. Material: Aluminum 6061 or 5052.
  2. Small quantity (the threshold will be computed).
  3. Mid (x,y,z) ≤ 23 inch.
  4. Max (x,y,z) ≤ 47 inch.
  5. No finishes.
  6. No Comments To Machinist.
  7. Tolerances ≥ +/- .01″.
  8. Edge roughness ≥ 250.

Get Order Status

  1. Choose menu Order > Request Order Status.
  2. On the launched webpage, enter the required information.

Pre-Order Checklist

Carefully check your design before ordering to ensure parts satisfy your needs.

  1. To get the lowest price possible, ensure your design adheres to our cost-reduction tips as closely as possible.
  2. For all lines, check the position, numeric bar settings, and information on the status bar.
  3. Use a magnified view to review intricate areas of your design.
  4. Use menu View to look at all relevant views in 2D and 3D.
  5. Use menu View > Model Bends to analyze bends and ensure they fit.
  6. Select each command in the Job menu and review all information.
  7. Review and confirm machining specifications.
  8. Check for missing features, etc. to ensure completeness.
  9. Ensure that every important tolerance and specification is specified. See eMachineShop’s general tolerance limits.
  10. Parts may be vibratory tumbled to remove sharp corners. Specify otherwise if needed.
  11. Add any desired finishes, such as powder coating, etc.
  12. Ensure that parts fit together properly.
  13. Carefully read and resolve as many advisory messages as possible.
  14. Reordered parts may vary from prior orders. Use tolerances to specify allowable ranges.

Request a Manual Quote

In some circumstances you may deem it necessary to have your design manually quoted.

  1. Press keys Ctrl + Alt + F3.
  2. In the window that pops up, enter the necessary information.

Cost Reduction Guide

Reduce the cost of your parts by designing with these tips.

See our cost-reduction page to get the lowest price for your parts.

Add Text

Add text in your design to machine text in your part, or add comments.

  1. Draw a 2D shape, and on the numeric bar, in the z-control, set the value to a positive number.
  2. On the left toolbar, click the Text tool.
  3. Click in the workspace, then type the desired text.
  4. On the numeric bar, in the Line Type drop list, ensure the line type is set to:
    1. Auto (for machining text)
    2. Comments to Self/Machinist (for making a comment)
  5. On the numeric bar, select a font and size.

For 2D sheet designs where the text is cut fully through the sheet, select a font that does not have interior shapes that will fall out.

Laser Marking

Laser marking is another way to add text and graphics to any flat surface on your part.

  1. Draw a 2D shape, and on the numeric bar, in the z-control, set the value to a positive number.
  2. On the left toolbar, click the Text tool.
  3. Click in the workspace, then type the desired text or place a graphic.
  4. On the numeric bar, in the Line Type drop list, select Laser Mark.
  5. On the top toolbar, in the respective drop lists, set the marking type and font style.

Edit Lines and Shapes

Line edit is a tool that allows you to change a line or shape by moving its points or line segments.

  1. On the left toolbar, click the Line Edit tool.
  2. Click on a line or shape.
  3. Drag the lines or points to the desired locations.

Divide Lines and Shapes

Dividing breaks lines and shapes into a specified number of equal segments.

  1. Select a line or circle.
  2. Choose menu Line > Divide.
  3. Enter the desired number of segments.
  4. Click OK.

Mirror Lines and Shapes

Mirroring flips a line or shape over the horizontal or vertical plane creating its mirror image.

  1. Select a line or shape.
  2. Choose menu Line > Mirror > Horizontal or Vertical.

Tip: If you want both the original and mirrored line or shape, Copy & Paste before mirroring.

Create Tangent Lines

Tangent lines are lines that smoothly meet an arc or circle.

Draw a tangent line to an arc or circle.

  1. On the left toolbar to ensure Snap to Lines is pushed in.
  2. Draw a staright line and approach the arc or circle, the line will snap to a tangent position.

For two or more arcs or circles:

  1. Select two or more arcs and/or circles.
  2. Choose menu Line > Tangent. All possible tangent lines will be created.
  3. On the left toolbar, use the Eraser tool to delete unwanted lines.

Contour Shapes

Contouring creates a new closed shape at a fixed distance either inside or outside an existing closed shape.

  1. Select a closed shape.
  2. Choose menu Line > Contour.
  3. Set a distance and placement for the new closed shape.
  4. Click OK.

Create Parts with Smooth Curves

Replace sharp edges with smooth shapes around holes and cutouts to create a professional, clean design.

  1. Delete the outer shape.
  2. Select all inner features and choose menu Line > Contour > Outside.
  3. Leaving the contour lines selected, choose Line > Tangents.
  4. Use the Eraser tool to delete the unneeded lines.
  5. If any lines meet at a sharp angle, select them and choose Line > Corner > Round.

Nesting Parts

In certain cases with 2D parts you can save material and cost by placing one part inside another.

Although the CAD software doesn’t currently support nesting, you can do the following:

  1. Add a gap in the part as shown.
  2. Add a Comment to Machinist instructing to close the gap.

Satisfy Multiple Constraints

When designing a part you might need to size or position features to satisfy more than one constraint. View the video to learn how.

Simplify Lines

Lines made up of many small segments result in large files and can slow operation.

Simplify lines into fewer segments to ensure a smoother design process.

  1. Select a group of line segments.
  2. Choose menu Line > Simplify and specify the tolerance permitted from the original line (large values will simplify the line better).
  3. Click OK.