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Old Sep 11, 2012, 03:49 AM
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Hi all,
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?

Thanks,
Alex.
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Old Sep 11, 2012, 08:50 AM
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Hi there,
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!
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Old Sep 11, 2012, 11:05 AM
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Hi all,
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?

Thanks,
Alex.
Also, you can create a drawing from your solid, then section the drawing wherever you need to.
This then can be exported as a DXF.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 03:57 AM
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Hi there,
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!
Andy
Hi Andy,
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?
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Hi again,
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!
Andy.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 06:39 AM
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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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Andy's method is exactly how I've been doing it since 2007 when we switched to SW.
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How did you get on with this? I'm having the same problem at the moment!

The setup we have is that we go file > print from 2D design, So I guess question is do you load the DXF into 2D design or do you cut it some other way?
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How did you get on with this? I'm having the same problem at the moment!

The setup we have is that we go file > print from 2D design, So I guess question is do you load the DXF into 2D design or do you cut it some other way?
Did this solution in post #5 not work for you?

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Hi again,
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!
Andy.
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Old Feb 25, 2014, 02:08 PM
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How did you get on with this? I'm having the same problem at the moment!

The setup we have is that we go file > print from 2D design, So I guess question is do you load the DXF into 2D design or do you cut it some other way?
As Hemikiller says, the method described in post 5 has worked for me.
I then went into 2D Design and imported the .DXF file and it worked a charm for cutting out. I haven't cut anything with this method since last posting on this thread though as I've left sixth form and no longer have the access to the laser cutter sadly.
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Get on it then fella
http://www.coultersmithing.com/forum...&t=78&start=50
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