is there a way in task to convert a sheet metal flat pattern to dxf from the part file not the drawing. I would like to automate this in the workflow so files can be sent to the plasma cutter faster
Can the plasma cutter read a dwg format?
yes i believe it can
Use #Task it is free
just tested #task and it looks great my only question is how do i integrate this into my epdm workflow
You might be able to write a macro that would launch #task . I am novice at writing macros.
i also have no clue at writing macros
Why not just do a task inside of epdm?
I know you want it from the part file, but why not kill 2 birds with one drawing file? PDF of drawing, DXF for programming.
Not saying this is the only way, but..... I used to have a second sheet with the name DXF. Then the task would run the convert task to dxf pulling in the name, rev, and even date and saving it to a folder for programming.
It's easy and painless doing it this way. I did a ton of copy tree parts for corner guards with different dims. When I released the new part it created a PDF of the drawing for forming, and a dxf of the part for programming.
i would love to do it inside of epdm but i am trying to create the flat pattern dxf from the part model and not the drawing. we are moving to a model based system and eventually will not have drawing files. currently they export the dxf directly from the model selecting the flat pattern option.
Haven't tried this but... Maybe you could add under named configuration *SM-FLAT-PATTERN <-- This configuration doesn't get made until you put it in a drawing anyway. That's why I did ours from the drawing.
Or you would have to create a configuration where the flat pattern feature is unsuppressed.
Just throwing spit balls.....
if you right click on a sheet metal part it will give you the option to "export to dxf/dwg". clicking that will bring up this menu
by selecting sheet metal it will export the flat pattern to a dxf or dwg.
Yeah that works for "simple parts". We had a ton of punched parts with forming tools (c'sinks, bosses, half shear) and that method was a crap shoot for having the parts export with the correct side up and/or grain direction. It was just easier to control the export the way we wanted with a blank template that would push out a file. No bend lines, with the correct name, rev, date being pulled from epdm. And if you ever need to do it again through epdm, just right mouse click --> task
Yes, but how could we do this process automatically with a makro? is there any solution?
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