Preparing files for burning for a large order is a real challenge and time-consuming task. You need to open each file, save the layout as DXF with a specific name to the location you need. Often, material or thickness need to be added to the name and files need to be saved into separated folders divided by exactly that or if they have bends or not. Also, before generating the file, you set what, apart from the external contour of the unfolded sheet and holes, should be additionally shown in it, e.g., bending lines, sketches not absorbed by operations. To this must be added the time necessary for the processing and verification of such files.

Definitely, the automation of this task has a great potential for savings in the company, and this is where the MacroSolid DXF macro comes in handy. The DXF macro is a generator of DXF files from unfolding operations, i.e., parts modeled with tools from the "Sheet Metal" tab. You can generate DXFs for all sheet metal parts of the active assembly, active part or from the BOM tab for all components or only selected ones in the BOM table. Obviously, it does it in batches, 10 or a 100 is not a problem.

generating DXFs in SOLIDWORKS
MacroSolid interface VIEW set up for DXF generation. Allows to display relevant data, generate DXF with one click and track if the files were generated before and when.

It allows you to plan the name of the generated file based on data previously downloaded from the model, such as: material, sheet thickness, number of pieces or information "pressed" into the file properties. You have six parts at your disposal, from which you can build a name, between them you can enter a separator, e.g., an underscore. Some machines, nesting applications can automatically "extract" information from the file name from the adopted naming scheme and use it further. If you enter the material, thickness and number of pieces to be burnt into the DXF name or at least the name of the folder in which the DXF will be saved, in addition to the part file name, then you will not have to define this information inside the DXF or to transfer it to production in another way.

Set up naming rules for SM and Multibody SM parts. Build the naming scheme from up to 6 parts selecting needed data, properties, project or an order.

You can configure the file saving destination. You will save the DXF next to the part file, next to the part file, but in a separate folder or even deeper in a subfolder. DXF can be exported in one indicated location, e.g., with an active assembly from which the macro is run. The saving path can be more complex, created on the fly, taking into account, for example, a property or an order number.

Thanks to the built-in functionalities, it is possible to further organize and sort DXF files into subdirectories according to material, sheet thickness and information whether the sheet has bends or not.

Select saving destination, choose folders naming scheme using any property

Set up further sorting into sub folders by material, thickness or even if parts have bends or not.

In addition to the export options provided by #SOLIDWORKS® itself, the macro can suppress blind holes, replace counterbore and countersink holes with normal ones, and remove external countersinks in holes modeled with the hole wizard, thanks to which DXF editing of non-standard sheets in external applications is shortened to the necessary minimum. 

Select what to include in the DXF and unique features to remove or replace holes.

The DXF file can be also mapped, i.e., you can specify what should appear on its layers, using what line and color. Set what else should be shown apart the contours to be burned: hidden edges, bend lines, sketches not absorbed by operations, bounding box. With the mapping customization enabled, you can define layers and appropriate mapping of elements for them. Save to a file and pin this file in "System Options" and in the DXF macro.

In addition, the DXF macro also has an unconventional generating mode. The macro opens the DRWDOT template, places the layout view on the sheet and saves the document to a DXF file according to the macro settings. If notes linked to properties are provided in the DRWDOT template, they will be completed automatically as you drag the view onto the drawing. Other elements that would appear in the DXF file along with the drag depend on the settings of the DRWDOT document properties, in particular on the "Detailing" tab. This is where you will find the special "Insert automatically on view creation" option.

Simply, decide how you want the files to look like, what should be the name build of, how you prefer them to be sorted in the folders and let us do the job with one click. You can finish DXF generation stage with a MS WORD® report containing needed data for production and a picture of the components or a barcode.

Generate MS WORD® report with needed data, picture of the components or barcodes.

MacroSolid DXF macro makes DXF creation walk in a park. Using MacroSolid allows full control of a verification stage, batch checking, creating, updating, printing and exporting lists of materials.

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