How to Use Holding Tabs

Most programming systems allow you to define tabs of any thickness and width and position them at any point on the cut vector. You can choose how many tabs to create and how often they are placed. It’s a good idea to place one of the tabs somewhere near the finish of the cut, as this is the most likely point where movement and damage can occur.

Once your job is finished, simply snap the finished part out and clean up the unwanted remains of the tab. If the tab leaves the edge of the part with a tiny broken nipple, remember to file or grind it away. This may seem like unnecessary work, but compared to having to re-cut the part or possibly replace the tool, it’s often a much better alternative.

— Susan Mattine, AXYZ International