Is it possible when exporting (or save as) a drawing to a DXF, to have the text annotations saved as lines and arcs instead of text entities? Our software for programming the cutting machines does not handle text in DXFs.
For text explode, you don't need AutoCAD as most smaller AC-like programs have this, such as AutoCAD LT and DraftSight, neither of which is free (& are as by sub only), but are much cheaper than AC.
There are numerous free DWG editors, see DraftSight Free Appears to be No More .
Solid Edge 2D is one of the freebies, but it doesn't have text explode.
If you explode regularly, a DraftSight subscription may be the best choice.
Do a DS trial and see if it works for you.
Depending on the font, you can explode the text entities into individual lines and arcs.
Thanks for your reply. Would you have any suggestions on which fonts to use to do that? I do not have autocad, so if that is required to explode the text that may not be a viable option.
You can use "dissolve sketch text", however you will probably end up with splines and not arcs in the curved areas.
As far as I know SolidWorks does not have yet have a spline to arc conversion. I am not well versed on 2019 or 2020 versions so maybe this has changed, someone please correct me if I am wrong!
I am guessing this only works on sketches in a part? It does not seem to work, for me, to explode text in a drawing. Such as the bend notes in the screenshot below. I want to convert this text that SW automatically inserts into basic lines and arcs because our laser programming software does not handle text entities.
Is your intent that the laser will cut the text and bend lines? Or will you be deleting those in the laser software? If it is the latter, why not just create a second sheet with a view without text and export that?
I think your only other option is to use Autocad to explode the text and even there it isn't straightforward.
No, the intent is the geometry will be cut but the text and the bend lines will be etched.
Is it all fonts that the laser software doesn't understand or just fonts that aren't single line (which is most fonts)?
It does not support any text at all. Only text which is created within the software itself.
Yes, you are right my bad, you need to have a sketch to explode the text.
It appears this is the best workaround as of now. I have found no way to directly export text as lines/arcs. It must be converted or exploded using another 2d cad software.
Thanks for the info!
A workaround might be exporting to dxf/dwg and explode in a 2D editor of your choice. Eventually using macro´s / programming.
If you are using the text for engraving you might want to try this text font I have attached.
Usually I'll extrude cut/emboss the text on the part.
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