DXF

Is there a Free Tool available to View, Measure & Print DWG / DXF Files?

eDrawings DWG Measure

At the end of last year DraftSight Standard switched from being a Free Tool to an Annual Subscription product. DraftSight is only US$99 a year (which you can purchase directly from DS) but this left a gap in the market for a free DWG Viewer…

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Create SOLIDWORKS Reference Sketches from 2D DXF/DWG Files

SOLIDWORKS Reference Sketches

Being able to work with different file types is crucial to working with other clients using other programs. There are a large number of companies who use DWG & DXF files for creating CNC files of documentation. These files can be great for SOLIDWORKS users…

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Designing 90° Sheet Metal HVAC Duct – Advanced Tip 2

In part 4 of my making a Sheet Metal Duct guide, I showed how to get the best material yield. Today I’m going to show you how to add etch marks so that all parts can be rolled together as one, zip cut, reordered and…

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Lines mapped to DXF Layers

When exporting a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part to DXF/DWG, you have the option to save different entities to separate layers.  The layers can also be set to different colours and linetypes.  This is accomplished with a Mapping file setup in the Export options. The first…

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Designing 90° Sheet Metal HVAC Duct in SOLIDWORKS – Part 4 of 4

Welcome to part 4 of this adventure of making a large sheet metal HVAC duct. In Part 3 we saved the bodies, converting them into sheet metal parts and exported as DXF/DWG. In this final part I’m going to show you how to modify the…

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Designing 90° Sheet Metal HVAC Duct in SOLIDWORKS – Part 3 of 4

Welcome to part 3 of this adventure of making a large sheet metal HVAC duct. We left off in part 2 splitting the single body duct into 7 bodies. Today I’m going to demonstrate how to save the bodies out and how to convert into…

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Gain Productivity by using Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS

By using the SOLIDWORKS sheet metal tools your productivity can be dramatically increased as well as be a cost effective solution to producing sheet metal models! With the sheet metal functionality you are able to: Create Base, Edge, Swept and Miter Flanges Take control of bend allowances/bend…

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Selecting Base Scale for Exporting SOLIDWORKS Drawings to DXF/DWG

When exporting SOLIDWORKS drawings to DXF/DWG format, scale factor needs to be taken into consideration to avoid incorrect dimensions and a potential loss of material. Changing scale in a SOLIDWORKS drawing view does not affect dimensions displayed as they are parametrically linked to the part or the…

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Premium! – Flatten Surfaces [VIDEO]

I think my favorite new feature of this 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS Premium is definitely the Flatten Surface functionality. Over the years I have had plenty of opportunities where this function would have directly saved customers a ton of time, money and effort in attempting…

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