1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 24, 2017 9:15 AM by Alpeshkumar Patel

    Flat pattern export do *.dxf file with preview

    Wojciech Pogorzelski

      Hi All,

      I have read a few posts regarding macros for creating .dxf files but none seemed to be what I'm looking for.

      All the sheet metal parts I create I have to convert to .dxf files and send out with a drawing to a different company to get it done.

      Drawings I send in PDF file format, and luckily I have found a working macro that with one click creates a PDF file from active drawing in the same location as the drawing file with the same name as the drawing file and opens a preview at the end (that might be the SW setting) so I have a confirmation that everything is ok. Moreover if I hit it again, it will create a new PDF file replacing the old one, so no duplication files are created. Beautiful work, I couldn't ask for more. It saves me a lot of unnecessary clicking. Unfortunately, I can remember where did I found it and who wrote it, still huge thanks to the author:) I'm attaching this macro (with some minor changes of mine) in this post.

      Back to .dxf files.

      I'm looking for the same solution. A macro, that creates a .dxf file:

      - from active sheet metal part - only one, the active one, not from all the open ones, nor the parts in the assembly

      - creates file in a 1:1 scale orientated the way SW does it on the drawings by default (orintation is an option)


      - saves the file in the part folder

      - saves the file with the same name as the part file

      - opens a preview of created file

      - if run again, replace original .dxf file with a new one.

      Notes: I always create a single body sheet metal parts!

      At the moment on a sheet metal part to get it to a flat pattern .dxf file I have to:

      1. right click on the "Flat-Pattern" in the "Feature Manager Tree"

      2. hit "Export do dxf/dwg" from drop-down menu

      3. remove "Flat-Pattern - " from the file name and hit save

      4. in the "DXF / DWG Output" options I choose:
      - Export => Sheet metal
      - Entities to export => Geometry
      - Export Options => Single file
      - hit "OK"

      5. on the preview window hit "SAVE"

      This is what I do 100% of the time when it comes to a sheet metal part. So a macro would be a huge help.

      Thank you for any help in advance.


      ps. I'm runnig Win7 64-bit, SW2017.