I can make a sw drawing from a model but cant make a DXF from a sw drawing. An error pops up and the DXF is blank
There could be several reasons for it. There could be errors in the model OR drawing is not able to convert the view into high quality.
If you still getting errors then run the check for finding any faulty edge/face etc. in the model. For this open the model and go to Tools > Check with Stringent solid/surface option selected.
Hi, I 've the same problem: Solidworks 2017, sp.2, Windows 10 pro 64b, nvidia quadro 2000 driver updated. I tried the suggestions of Deepak Gupta, but the problem is not solved yet.
Dumb question but I'd like to check anyway - Are you trying to make a DXF of the entire drawing sheet or a component of your asseembly? What is the end goal you are working on?
Thanks for the question, I create many dxf,dwg and pdf from slddrw file, but in some very rare cases I get the same results of Stuart. Pdf files export are only correct. The last case is about an assembly file put in orthogonal projection in one sheet and exploded view in isometric projection in an other sheet...
I am wondering why you would want to create a dxf drawing file from a Solidworks drawing file. If it is to send out to a vendor, why not just a pdf? I have never had a reason to do this, however, just for laughs and giggles I tried it out with a drawing I just created. SolidWorks totally hoses it....model lines are skewed, fonts are all screwed up (no error though), who needs this mess? I realize that there are probably some settings that could be tweaked, but one would think that it would at least produce something useable with the default setting...NOT.
Most 2d cutting application software programs only recognize DXF or DWG formats not Solidworks drawings for individual pieces. (Laser, waterjet etc.) Solidworks should be able to export to these fairly easily.
As far as assemblies go most plant layouts are done in Autocad because of their massive file sizes which in turn leads to assembly drawings being created in Solidworks for conversion into blocks for plant layout and elevation views for final design reviews and customer sign off.
None of which can be accomplished with a PDF version of a print.
I export flat pattern dxfs all the time and use them (I'm an NC programmer at a precision sheetmetal shop). I thought Stuart was looking to export a drawing in dxf format and was just curious why. Was he looking to just get a flat pattern dxf? I didn't read his question as such.....
He probably does it for the same reason anyone would.
We export DWG or DXFs of individual parts for our vendors for laser cutting and sheetmetal forming.
We also export them to our customers of our main assemblies for them to drop into their plan layouts.
There are many reasons to do so, hence why they offer the ability.
We have been running into this same problem, mainly with assemblies, so far.
Haven't found a solution yet.
Make sure you are in the drawing view, not the sheet format.
I have seen users do "edit sheet format", create sketches, then DXF. Noth'n goes thru.
Thank you for the tip, but I didn't edit sheet format. Some views, e.g. from right or front view, may be visible while from top or left view not.
That looks like a draft view issue. If your views are not fully resolved then you get empty views when exporting to dwg or pdf.
If you view is stuck in draft view then go to the assembly and run evaluate/check under tools to see if you have errors in assembly components. SW will not necessarily flag issues but any error will show up if you check for it.
That has resolved many of those problems for me in the past.
Another note to SW. Give us a way to manually disable this dreaded function or make a draft view that is usable.
Good morning, I get this answer, but now how do I proceed? Thank you so much.
You need to see where the errors are. What components are having issues. See the help file for how to use evaluate.
Is that a Student edition you're using Stuart?
Just curious because of the icons in the feature tree......
The little graduate cap icon means that the file came from an education/student version that has been opened in a commercial version. In the past, the student version could not save to anything other than a solidworks format. It appears that those restrictions follow with student version files also.
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