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Creating DXF and Revision Control

Question asked by John Wayman on Jun 9, 2017
Latest reply on Jun 12, 2017 by Bernie Daraz

Good morning,

We are trying to reduce the overhead of drawings by sending DXF or STP files to our suppliers, with reduced-standard/keypoint drawings.

There are several ways to create a DXF to represent our part:

1. Open the part, select the appropriate face, Right-Click, Export to DXF/DWG

2. Open the part, File, Save As, DXF

3. Open the drawing, File, Save As, DXF

 

Each has its specific advantages and disadvantages.

1 - No Scaling issues, but no automatic way to reference the Revision and Status of the part - need to type the revision into the filename.

2 - No Scaling issues, but no automatic way to reference the Revision and Status of the part - need to type the revision into the filename.

3 - Potential for Scaling issues, but the Revision and Status are shown in the drawing border.

 

Which is the best way to handle the production of DXF files and the maintenance of the link between Revision and Status of drawing and DXF?

 

Is Solidworks PDM Standard able to control DXF files? Assuming the next version does indeed automatically create PDF files, will it similarly cope with DXF or STP files?

 

SW 2016, SP5

Workgroup PDM

 

Cheers,

 

 

John

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