When exporting flat patterns from sheet metal parts, the scale of the resulting dxf/dwg file isn't 1:1. It's 8:1. I've searched the help documents to no avail. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to solve this? Thank you.
Hi John, I have had good luck with the following.
File, SaveAs Save as type: DXF Before finishing, select options in the lower right hand corner. Here you can select the scale conversion to use (sheet, different view)
The count is how many views use that scale.
Hope this helps.
Hate to answer a question with a question, but... Are you using 2010? If so, are you creating a drawing first, to save as a DXF/DWG? Because if you're using 2010 you can save a step and "save-as" direct from the part to DXF/DWG. You will be presented with several options, but best of all, it will always be 1:1, and you save the extra moves of not creating the drawing until later.
I've tried both methods, and the result is identical to what I've been getting. The resulting file is 8x the scale of what it should be. When I save as a DXF, the scale option i nhe option box is grayed out and not able to be changed.
Are you exporting to DXF out of a SolidWorks drawing or out of a SolidWorks part? I have had a lot of success exporting from the part. The scale has never been an issue. If I export to DXF out of a SolidWorks drawing, the drawing view scale must be at sheet scale (not a custom scale per the view). If the sheet scale and the view scale are different, then the DXF will be exported wrong. Hope this helps.
Post the files you are trying to save as a 1:1 DXF. We will give it a try.
I do this all the time out of slddrw's and sldprt's and never have an issue with scale.
I will do a video for you of how I go about setting up the Save As on your file, so you can watch and see if you are using the same workflow.
John, check the macro in this post (Batch export to dwg) if it helps.
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