Exporting from SolidWorks to DXF format for waterjet or laser cutting

When using SolidWorks to design a part to be waterjet cut, you will need to create a drawing file from the part.

Here is a part file open in SolidWorks which we want to cut.

10000000000003440000027EAF50A187
A part in SolidWorks

To turn this into a drawing, choose File | Make Drawing from Part from the menu.

10000000000001AD00000123D20BDA81
Creating a drawing

A dialog box will appear. Make sure you have un-checked the “Display sheet format” box, then click the OK button.

100000000000020D0000014512FAF387

 Removing the sheet format

The drawing sheet will appear. Drag the drawing view (1) onto the drawing (2). You will typicaly want the Top or Bottom view. You should then press the Escape key or click the green checkmark to indicate that you are done adding drawing views.

1000000000000478000002FB51273F9F
Adding the part view (1) to the drawing (2)

You then need to make sure that the drawing scale is set correctly. Click on the drawing view within the drawing. Then choose the “Use custom scale” radio button and pick “1:1” scale from the drop down list on the panel on the list.

100000000000023F000001F6C9B404FF

Setting the part scale in the drawing

Finally, you should save the file in a format that’s compatible with the waterjet cutting system. Most waterjet cutting systems accept the DXF file format. Choose File | Save As… from the menu. Pick DXF from the “Save as type” drop down list. Enter the file name and click the Save button.

10000000000001540000016DAC9C3587
Saving the drawing

At this point, you now have a file which can be used to turn your SolidWorks design into a real part.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s