As it is with the phantom lines, our laser will not etch/cut these. For some reason it simply ignores the phantom lines.
When you export to DWG or DXF from a model or drawing, you specify the linestyle mappings in the SOLIDWORKS to DWG/DXF dialog box.
In the mapping dialog, you assign Solidworks linework (geometry edges, sketches, bend lines, etc) to AutoCAD symbology and layers.
Whether this dialog box appears during export is controlled by the DWG/DXF Options that are accessed from the dialog that prompts you for the location where the DWG will be created:
I attached a mapping file in case you want to experiment with it. The mapping file location is specified in the DWG Export Options dialog (above).
In the document properties under Line Font you can set the line style for bend lines. Or if you just want to do it once without changing your settings then once your view is placed on the drawing you can click on a line and then manually change the line font to solid from the line format toolbar.
Yeah that works for views in a drawing but it doesn't export to DXF as a solid line from the actual Part File, which is what I need. When I 'Save As...' to a DXF it's still a phantom line.
Oh yeah that's weird, you can manually change the style to solid but it still exports phantom. All I can think of then is after you export to dxf then open it in DraftSight and change the lines to solid.
Yeah that's what we are doing now but thought there might be a way change it in solidworks so the guy nesting the laser doesn't have to do that. As it is right now, I'm doing the 3D modeling and saving the parts to DXF for him to nest to the laser, but without me telling him which lines are etch lines he doesn't know. Which is a real time waster, for both of us.
Thanks John. I was actually starting to play around with that scenario when this came in. Now if I could make it the right color for our lasers scribe color it would be perfect. I need the color R:0 G:255 B:255, but when selecting the color in the mapping it doesn't show the RGB settings on the color CYAN color. It looks the right color but the laser nesting software doesn't recognize it as the "right" color. But we are that much closer. Again I thank you!
I selected the cyan color in mapping and saved a dxf. Then I opened it in DraftSight and it says the cyan is 0,255,255. So I don't know why the nesting software doesn't recognize it. Do you have a sample dxf with the right settings for the nesting software that you could upload?
Or maybe the nesting software need the lines all on the same layer, or specific layer names?
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