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hotreneke
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Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

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12-06-2009 03:50 AM
What is the fastest way to create a DXF for our lasermachine?

My current method:
- make a sheet metal part
- create the flat pattern
- make a drawing of the flat pattern
- save the drawing as dxf
- open the dxf in Acad and remove unnecessary layers (bend lines, dimensions)
- save the dxf

Is there a faster way?
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JDMather
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Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-06-2009 05:02 AM in reply to: hotreneke
My method:
- make a sheet metal part
- create the flat pattern
- right click on face and select Export Face As DXF


No idw file needed.

This should have been covered in your training. Post back if you can't figure it out.
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Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-06-2009 05:57 AM in reply to: hotreneke
What training
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JDMather
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Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-06-2009 06:14 AM in reply to: hotreneke
Surely anyone spending >$5k USD on a professional design tool is investing a like amount on professional training?
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Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-06-2009 04:10 PM in reply to: hotreneke
There is.
- make a sheet metal part
- create the flat pattern
- right click on flat pattern node in the browser and select Save copy as
DXF.

You can although export face of unfolded part as DXF. If all you need are
contour lines - than this way is cleaner. It doesn't bring a ton of stuff
into AutoCAD file which you will have to purge at the end of the day. But if
you need bend lines to be shown in the flat pattern - then Save copy of the
whole pattern as DXF is the way to go.
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What is the fastest way to create a DXF for our lasermachine?

My current method:
- make a sheet metal part
- create the flat pattern
- make a drawing of the flat pattern
- save the drawing as dxf
- open the dxf in Acad and remove unnecessary layers (bend lines,
dimensions)
- save the dxf

Is there a faster way?
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luciacasu
Posts: 109
Registered: ‎10-31-2005
Message 6 of 28 (445 Views)

Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-07-2009 02:00 PM in reply to: hotreneke
The recommended method:

- Select the Flat Pattern node in the browser

- "Save Copy As" allows to configure the layers flat pattern entities, including turning the visbility on/off


Hope this helps,
Lucia Casu
Inventor Development
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micheltehini8035
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎06-20-2007
Message 7 of 28 (445 Views)

Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-08-2009 09:27 AM in reply to: hotreneke
Hello,
I have a similar problem. I need to export an inventor part to dxf format, however to use it on my press brake simulation software (Vbend), instead of my lasercut. Problem is that I need to export the part with the bend lines, and the file is not usable immediately.

What happens exactly is that I turn off the layers i do no use, keep the bend lines and outer contours (I checked a video which was posted on a website to do this), and enforce the profile to polyline feature. But when i zoom in on the dxf file, the connecting point between the contour and the bend line is not accurate (bend line is actually crossing the contour). Is there a way to automatically correct this ?

This is a MAJOR issue for us, as we have to rework every single file.I have to clean it up before, which causes me a big headache, since i have to do this for around 300 parts for each assembly (100 + assemblies). You can imagine the work.

Any help would be very very very highly appreciated (can't emphasize enough on that).
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luciacasu
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Message 8 of 28 (445 Views)

Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-08-2009 09:30 AM in reply to: hotreneke
Hi,
can you share the data set (including the DXF file)?

Which version of Inventor are you working with?

Thanks,
Lucia Casu
Inventor Development
*Ken
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Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-08-2009 11:01 AM in reply to: hotreneke
Right... Unfortunately, most think that for that kind of money, the
software should lead you by the hand.

Companies who used to spend $50,000.00 on a design seat never skimp on
training, those who used to spend a few hundred $ on a design seat don't
know what training is.

Ken

JDMather wrote:
> Surely anyone spending >$5k USD on a professional design tool is investing a like amount on professional training?
>
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micheltehini8035
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Registered: ‎06-20-2007
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Re: Fastest way to create DXF of sheetmetal for lasercutter?

12-08-2009 12:23 PM in reply to: hotreneke
Hi,
Here are the files as promised. Concerning the inventor version, it's inventor pro 2010. Edited by: micheltehini8035 on Dec 9, 2009 4:14 PM
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