5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 17, 2014 6:12 PM by Lenny Bucholz

    Creating a dxf file of several solidworks parts to drive a laser cutter

    Alan Phillipson

      Hi and help please!

       

      Please bear with me. I'm new to solidworks and am self teaching,  but an experienced engineer and lasercutter.

       

      I have created a large number of parts and assemblies in Solidworks. These assemblies are a model which is to be constructed from interlocking laser cut mdf/plywood profiles. the MDF/ply is to be cut on a laser cutter.

       

      I need to create a DXF/DWG file to drive the laser cutter. Each of my parts is a separate part file (which allows me to 3d model and assemble)

       

      How will i create this file from Solidworks? I've not used drawings before in solidowrks so am a little uncertain as to how to do this, and how to set things like line colour that drives through cut or engrave commands for the laser cutter.

       

      Also i am at a loss how to create an engrave profile in solidworks. In effect the engrave feature is a zero thickness 2D line which forms a path for the laser cutter. How can I show this on my 3d parts in assemblies. And how do i get tit to show up as a different colour in my dxf/dwg file (see above)

       

      hope that makes sense...

       

      Alan

       

       

      As an example - attached is a jpeg image that shows the complexity of assembly and number of components i have.