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Exporting Solidworks File to CNC

Question asked by Tyler Morgan on Nov 19, 2008
Latest reply on Dec 16, 2008 by lenny bucholz
This is my first post on this forum however I'm not sure whether this is the correct area for this type of question.

I've seen LOTS of talk all over the internet concerning the difficulty of exporting a SW file to something usable on a CNC Laser (like a DXF). I've currently got a control arm for long travel desert suspension drawn up that consists of something like 50 small, fairly simple shaped pieces.

Most of my parts I've designed before this were small enough that I would just re-draw each sketch in AutoCAD after I found a design that works. This would take forever to do this for all 50 small plates so I'm trying to figure out another way. Currently using Solidworks 2009.

What I have done so far:
1) Use the "Split" function to save each separate body (plate) into it's own SW file.

From here, I've tried two separate routes of getting these into a DXF and neither is user friendly:

A) Use a trial version of DXF Export and export each and every file into it's own DXF which will all need to be combined into one DXF once this is finished.

B) Use a trial version of PDF to DXF Converter. I opened several of the individual body files and re-saved as a PDF file however the program does not work well.

Why can't there just be a simple way to do this!!!!????

Any held would be greatly appreciated. Here is a snapshot of the part I'm trying to split up.



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