How are you saving the DXFs? from frawing or part?
What version are you using? Did you check the save options and make sure it's saving 1:1? Are there more than one drawing view on the drawing page, if you have multiple parts in the drawing are they the same scale factor?
What is your actual workflow to save them as DWG?
Right now I'm assuming that you're creating a SW drawing and saving that as a DWG. If that's the case it's quite possible you are saving a scaled view from the SW drawing sheet. To me, the only way to create a proper file for laser is to right click the surface of the part and select Export to DXF/DWG from the pop up menu. Assuming again your laser programming system does not offer SW file import. I prefer DXF but it's just my preference.
Firstly, welcome to the forum.
I could be clutching at straws here and way off base, but the first thing that jumped through my novice brain was whether or not the part files were/are fully defined to start with. I don't even know if this will have any scaling affect when saving to DWG files but was just thinking along the lines of basics.
Like Bjorn asked, Are you saving them as .DXF's or .DWG's? Saving the actual part as a DXF will keep the part itself true to its size (1:1 scale). If you are saving the SW Drawing as a .DWG, when opening the software the laser uses that reads .DWG files then the drawings/parts may change to the drawing scale you have set for that sheet from SW. I had this issue when sending a saved SW Drawing to DWG. (I was told they needed a DWG and not DXF) to a vendor. I got scaled down versions of the parts I drew, even though the drawings had the correct dimensions on them, the vendor just loaded the DWG file (which wasn't 1:1) and ran them.
I am saving DWGs though the laser will also accept DXF
When I said they change size its not just in the laser
If I try to open the same DWG in SW it also reports its smaller
but as I said , it only does it with files that I have edited and re saved under a new name
new files from a clean metric template work fine in both SW part format and DWG
I will try Bjorns suggestion of clicking the part and exporting as DXF
Hi and thanks to you all for your suggestions
I still dont know why its happening but I do now now when its happening
and why its not happening all the time
The top plate ( plate 1 ) I drew from a new metric part template starting with a blank sheet
I did the same with the bottom plate ( plate 8 )
but plate 2 I made by opening part 1 and altering it to suit and then saving it as plate 2
plate 3 I made by altering plate 2 and saving with its new name etc etc
It seems if I start with a new metric part page and draw the plate then save it as a SW part and also as a DWG
both come out the correct size
but if I start with an already made SW part and alter it , when I save it as a SW file it still comes out the right size
but saving it as a DWG it comes out 171.689 mm instead of 200 mm
I am using SW 2016
I save DWGs by making the SW part normal to the screen ( so the face is flat to the screen)
and saving as DWG
I save all the files the same without any changes except that the ones that fail are from parts that had
been altered ( as a SW part ) and then re named
I have got around the problem by re drawing each part from a fresh clean template but I would like to know
the correct way around it as redrawing everything each time rather than altering the few changes and
resaving under a new name is a lot more work