|Sep 11, 2012, 04:49 AM|
SolidWorks & Laser Cutting
I have a query about SolidWorks.
I'm designing a built up plane in SolidWorks using formers and ribs and was wondering if there is any way to cut these shapes out on a laser cutter?
At school we use 2D Design V2 to cut to a laser cutter, but I cannot find a way of transferring parts from SolidWorks into 2D design for cutting.
Is there a way of doing this or can you laser cut directly from SolidWorks?
Or is this just not possible?
|Sep 11, 2012, 09:50 AM|
We do this every day at work - just take a plan view of your former to be cut, stick it on a "blank" drawing sheet, and save as an AutoCAD DXF @ 1:1 scale. These are then imported to the nesting program en masse.
Hope that helps!
|Sep 11, 2012, 12:05 PM|
United States, TX, Rockwall
Joined Jun 2007
This then can be exported as a DXF.
|Sep 12, 2012, 04:57 AM|
I gave this a go but couldn't seem to be able to save the drawing as a AutoCAD DXF format. Is there anything special I have to do to be able to do this?
|Sep 12, 2012, 06:31 AM|
So you have a 3D former (for instance) as apiece part on the screen.
My process is :
File > Make drawing from part
Select a "no border" sheet. This is an A3 bit of paper essentially, with no other details on it, completely blank.
Drag from the "view pallete" that pops up on the right hand side the correct view (i.e. the view of the part that will be cut)
Set the scale to 1:1 in the view contest menu on the left hand side of the screen
Go to file > save as
Use the drop down box to select *.DXF
Click the "options" box (lower left)
You can then select a version (we use R12) and the drop down box on the right we select "AutoCAD standard styles"
Click OK (window disappears)
Then you select a path to save the file to, jobs done.
I have attached a screenshot (hopefully!) of the "Export Options" window with my day-to-day settings on it.
Hope this helps!
|Sep 12, 2012, 07:39 AM|
Andy, that was great, thanks! Tried it and it works perfectly.
For some reason the DXF format didn't come up as an option at home, but does at school. I'll experiment at home again in a bit.
Looking forward to cutting out some parts now
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