I am trying to save copy as dxf without bendlines so I can directly import the file into my waterject CAM software. There has to be a way to tell it not to add the benline layer.
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Are you doing this from the idw (or dwg)?
Or are you simply right clicking on the face of the flat pattern?
I create a sheet metal .ipt part, then place the flat pattern in an .idw. I then use the save as copy and choose .dxf.
I see the post process checkbox and file, where is the documentation for that feature? Would it help?
I want to be able to layout several flat patterns in a drawing and then save it to a .dxf that I can directly import into the waterjet's CAM software.
Once you make the flat layout in the .ipt, right click on the flat layout in the browser, and select "Save Copy As".
Now browse to the location you want to save the copy to, edit the file name, and under "Save as type" select "DXF File (*.DXF)". Then hit Save.
It will take you to a screen to setup your dxf. You can select which version to save it as, but what you'll want to do is go to the "Layer" tab. In here you can customize what objects make it into your dxf, what layer they end up as, and line type, colour, etc. Set this up as you see fit, save your configuration to be used later, then hit OK. Check your DXF and make sure it exported like you expected.
This works for going from a single flat .ipt to .dxf and this will be useful. Thank you. However, what I want to do is layout several different sheet metal parts to be in one .dxf to be cut at one time. I could save each one as you describe, then import them back into an Inventor drawing (or a vector graphics program) to layout, but this is awkward and likely to have at least a few problems.
I see in Save as Copy, .dxf export options dialog, post process, customize dwg/dxf. Could I use a custom .xml file here to eliminate the extra lines? Where is the documentation on how to use the .xml file?
FYI, the last parts I created I saved the drawing with multiple parts as .pdf and used a vector graphics program to eliminate the extra lines, then saved as .dxf. I was amazed that the scaling etc. all worked. I would really like to find a more straightforward workflow.
Again, thank you for your help.
We do waterjet and plasma cutting at our facility too. I've found an easy work-around is to select any geometry in the IDW file, right-click and turn off the visibility. We often have holes that must not be piloted at the cutting table and have found this technique to be fairly quick and painless. (Just be absolutely sure that your view is 1:1 scale before exporting the DXF file.)
Just turn off the bend centerline layer.. (annotate tab..edit layers button) or edit style/standards
You need to update the sheet or just click on the view again to have Inventor actually turn that layer off for some reason though..but it works just fine.
And yes selecting/right click/turn off visibility works too for any other lines.
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