James Smith

Exporting drawing to DWG format

Discussion created by James Smith on Mar 12, 2008

I had a drawing which had two detailed views of some hole dimensions to be drilled in a mild steel plate profile.

The profile was to be laser cut and so to aid the manuifacture i saved the solidworks drawings as an AutoCAD dwg format to whcih i emailed to the laser cutters.

When you convert the drawing and set the options (i.e to set it to 1:1) you must re-scale the detailed views to all be the same scale as the parent, otherwise when it is saved as a dwg it re-sizes the detailed views by some unknown scale value. Consequently the two detailed views showed completely different dimensions for the holes and if it werent for checking twice (& cutting once) the holes would have been all over the place.

Just thought it may be of interest.