So I added a sketch manually but it doesn't seem to show when I export from drawing to dxf. Any idea why?
Export to DXF only sees the "physical" parts of the part.
Use the sketch as a split line. The command is hidden under the curves button in the features tab. Choose the sketch and the face and that splits out the enclosed area. Do an normal export to dxf.
If you are using say weldments and have columns that are on base plates you can also choose the plate and then ctrl select the edges of the column. This will export lines that you can turn into etches for the plasma table. Fabricators don't have to measure to put the column in the right place.
I'm referring to drawing mode, "sketch as split line" appears to be in part mode. Under curves everything is greyed out to me.
I just realized something, it might be a bug because I used mirror image. Notice the drawing "jumped up"
It is possible using "Layer mapping"
example with rectangle in view(blue)
File > save as > dxf
click the options button
I've marked the most important parts in yellow:
It is possible to choose what to do with sketches:
resulting dxf file (open in edrawings)
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If you have more specific questions, we are happy to help ;-)
I did try that but getting the same result. I posted an update a minute before you made your post, turns out that it does show the sketch but it seems that due to my "mirror image" command it shows it in a different location.
Did you draw the rectangle with the view active? (double click in view -> showing the corners in heavy lines)
Doing it that way, you link the rectangle to the view and not to the sheet.
What do you mean with "mirror image" What command did you use exactly?
"Did you draw the rectangle with the view active? (double click in view -> showing the corners in heavy lines)"
Yes, drawing still in different location like in my last screenshot.
I mean this mirror command:
So this means your problem is solved?
No, the drawing still appears in a different place than I intended for it to be. See screenshot:
If you move your view does the rectangle stay in the same position relative to the sheet or does it move along with the view?
It moves with the view.
Please provide the 3D and 2D file.
That makes it easier for us to investigate instead of guessing...
did you try using dimensions to position and set the size of the rectangle?
I uploaded it here:
I changed the rectangle to a circle btw, but same issue: circle is at an offset in DXF.
Note there are 2 views in the drawing file, the view I'm referring to is the lower one.
"did you try using dimensions to position and set the size of the rectangle?"
Yes, getting "driven dimension".
I see in your file that the circle has a constraint to the underlying geometry. (this is comparable to making dimensions to geometry in the view)
When changing the mirror properties of your view the circle moves along. Isn't that what you want?
The DXF export shifts the circle up. Try exporting as DXF see what you get. This is what I get:
here is my dxf:
I created a rectangle also and the circle and rectangle remain on the right spot.
I'm using solidworks 2019 sp5
Hmm, interesting... maybe it's cuz I got sp3 2019. Will try to update to 5 and see if it fixes it.
It looks like, based on the color of the sketch lines, that they have not been added to any layers. This could be related to the problem.
Could you elaborate please? The sketch was added in drawing mode, not in the part mode.
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