The QBOT MINImill can mill parts directly from DXF files. The following tutorial will guide you through the DXF cutting process. Please note: the software automatically calculates the offset to the milling contour. Please only import closed milling contours. You can download the DXF files from the example project under the following link:

Example project: iPhone 6 Holder

Guidelines for DXF Files

The DXF files in this tutorial comply with the guidelines. Please read the guidelines below, if you want to test the qBot MINImill with your own DXF files.

The qBot MINImill imports the DXF files and the coordinate system, which means that your parts are positioned like in the DXF Drawing.

We recommend keeping all geometries in a positive coordinate system and within the maximum working range of your MINImill. The origin of your DXF file should be near your geometry.

The maximum size of your part should be below the size of your working area. Cutting and Pocketing only works with closed contours. Please don’t import DXF files with additional information – like dimension lines.

Import the DXF File

Download the DXF File and open the DXF milling tab in the QBOT MINImill Software.

Click on the “Import File” Button

Select the DXF file format.

Open the DXF File (Iphone 6 Halter_Part_1.dxf)

Enter the cutting depth. The cutting depth is the total cutting depth of your file. In our case the cutting depth equals the material thickness. Please enter 6mm.

Specify “Wood” as cutting material

Select “Cutting”. Cutting cuts your parts directly from the outline.

Choose the tool diameter of your cutting tool. In our case we use a 3mm cutting tool.

You can review your settings in the next step. After pressing calculate the software automatically converts your DXF file into the necessary GCODE for cutting your part.

Position your DXF File

You can manually position your DXF file on your worktable. You can position your file manually after pressing the “START” Button.

Click on the “START” button to open the touch off window.

You can use the positon of the 3D worktable or position the part manually. The coordinates are the lower left corner of your workpiece. By clicking on “Lower Left”, “Center”,… you can move the toolhead to the designated file position and check whether your DXF file is within your workpiece boundaries.

Lower the tool head with your cutting tool by pressing the left down arrow until it touches your workpiece surface.

If you have successfully reached the surface of your workpiece press “Confirm” and start the milling process.

Happy milling. Continue the milling process withe the second file to finish the iPhone holder.