Sheet Metal DXF Exporter

Sheet Metal DXF Exporter

Win64, English

Micrographics
Sheet Metal Flat Pattern DXF Exporter for Autodesk® Inventor®

General Usage Instructions

Install the Software. Start Inventor and open an assembly. Double click the "DXF Exporter" icon on your desktop.

Activate the application by clicking the "Activate" button. Follow the Activation instructions.

On activation, scan your assembly for sheet metal parts for exporting. Select the required export settings.

Click on the "Export DXF files" button to start the export process.

Commands

Installation/Uninstallation

The program can be uninstalled using Windows "Programs and Features" under Control Panel.

Additional Information

Known Issues

Contact

Company Name: Micrographics
Support Contact: ivtools@mgfx.co.za

Author/Company Information

Micrographics

Support Information

Version History

Version Number Version Description

7.0.2

<7.0.2> - Minor Display Bug fixes <7.0.1> - Inventor 2023 Compatibility - Support for Arc spline simplification - Added Bends column to Log - Can customize the log table layout <6.1.16> - [Fix] Bug fixes <6.1.15> - [Improved] Reintroduced the option to override the item Qty's in the table, using the Right-Click context menu. - [Fixed] Options did not always come through after an upgrade and some dropdowns were left empty causing errors while exporting - [Fixed] Other fixes related to exporting manually added files. <6.1.11> - [New] Introduction of application color themes - [Improved] Quick Options with Dock Panel – Can resize collapse or pin it - [Improved] Can edit item rows in Custom Filename table - [Improved] Can edit item rows in Text inside DXF table - [New] New Sheet metal component grid with search and filter options -- Many more properties and unlimited Custom iProperties can be added -- Grid layout can be saved - [New] Save the state of the user interface including Property columns and control sizes. - [New] Hole replacement can be done by Table - [Improved] Option to only export STEP files if the part contains bends - [Improved] Added an option to be Model State aware – Inv 2022+ - [Improved] Added a Bends column to the table which can be used for filtering/sorting - [Improved] PDF Creation Improvements: -- Added an option to use a Drawing Template when generating PDF’s of flat patterns -- You can now specify the PDF sheet size - [Improved] Added an option to include a view of the folded model on the PDF – Sheet 2 - [Improved] Added an option to open the file location by right-clicking on the item in the table - [New] Added an option to override Color and Layer properties of the text items inserted <6.0.8> - [New] Three new properties have been added to be inserted into the DXF file -- "Sheet Metal Extents (X)" -- "Sheet Metal Extents (Y)" -- "Part Length Units" - [Improved] Long filenames are now detected and reported on. A limit of 259 characters are allowed including the Folder path, Filename and File Extension. - [Improved] The last selected Export Folder will be suggested for further exports (providing its inside the scope of the current projects Workspace). - [Improved] PDF file improvements. -- Better view positioning inside the exported PDF file. -- Unconsumed flat pattern sketches is now displayed in the PDF <6.0.6> - [Improved] DXF files can now also be categorized into folders by Material or both Material and Thickness. -- If both options have been selected a Material folder will be created and then the related Thickness folders inside the Material folder. - [New] There is now an option to export a PDF file containing a copy of the flat pattern profile. -- The PDF is saved with the same name as the DXF file and in the same folder. -- The bend information is also displayed in the PDF file. --- There is an option to include or exclude the bend notes -- If you are inserting text into the DXF file then the same text will be visible inside the PDF. -- You can control hidden line visibility <6.0.4> - [Improved] Implemented a new digital certificate - [Fixed] Sheet Metal Rule was not always displayed properly on the grid <6.0.3> - [New] New function was added to remove hole (circular) geometry based on the size relative to Plate Thickness <6.0.2> - [Improved] Auto-Unfold routine has been improved to cater for more part types - [Improved] Parts will now be closed after the Auto-Unfold routine has finished creating the flat patterns - [Improved] You now have the option to Hide Inventor window during processing. Processing is slightly faster when hidden. - [Improved] You now have the option to show the explorer window after the exporting has finished. <6.0.1> - Features have been incorporated into 6.0.2

6.1.16

<6.1.16> - [Fix] Bug fixes <6.1.15> - [Improved] Reintroduced the option to override the item Qty's in the table, using the Right-Click context menu. - [Fixed] Options did not always come through after an upgrade and some dropdowns were left empty causing errors while exporting - [Fixed] Other fixes related to exporting manually added files. <6.1.11> - [New] Introduction of application color themes - [Improved] Quick Options with Dock Panel – Can resize collapse or pin it - [Improved] Can edit item rows in Custom Filename table - [Improved] Can edit item rows in Text inside DXF table - [New] New Sheet metal component grid with search and filter options -- Many more properties and unlimited Custom iProperties can be added -- Grid layout can be saved - [New] Save the state of the user interface including Property columns and control sizes. - [New] Hole replacement can be done by Table - [Improved] Option to only export STEP files if the part contains bends - [Improved] Added an option to be Model State aware – Inv 2022+ - [Improved] Added a Bends column to the table which can be used for filtering/sorting - [Improved] PDF Creation Improvements: -- Added an option to use a Drawing Template when generating PDF’s of flat patterns -- You can now specify the PDF sheet size - [Improved] Added an option to include a view of the folded model on the PDF – Sheet 2 - [Improved] Added an option to open the file location by right-clicking on the item in the table - [New] Added an option to override Color and Layer properties of the text items inserted <6.0.8> - [New] Three new properties have been added to be inserted into the DXF file -- "Sheet Metal Extents (X)" -- "Sheet Metal Extents (Y)" -- "Part Length Units" - [Improved] Long filenames are now detected and reported on. A limit of 259 characters are allowed including the Folder path, Filename and File Extension. - [Improved] The last selected Export Folder will be suggested for further exports (providing its inside the scope of the current projects Workspace). - [Improved] PDF file improvements. -- Better view positioning inside the exported PDF file. -- Unconsumed flat pattern sketches is now displayed in the PDF <6.0.6> - [Improved] DXF files can now also be categorized into folders by Material or both Material and Thickness. -- If both options have been selected a Material folder will be created and then the related Thickness folders inside the Material folder. - [New] There is now an option to export a PDF file containing a copy of the flat pattern profile. -- The PDF is saved with the same name as the DXF file and in the same folder. -- The bend information is also displayed in the PDF file. --- There is an option to include or exclude the bend notes -- If you are inserting text into the DXF file then the same text will be visible inside the PDF. -- You can control hidden line visibility <6.0.4> - [Improved] Implemented a new digital certificate - [Fixed] Sheet Metal Rule was not always displayed properly on the grid <6.0.3> - [New] New function was added to remove hole (circular) geometry based on the size relative to Plate Thickness <6.0.2> - [Improved] Auto-Unfold routine has been improved to cater for more part types - [Improved] Parts will now be closed after the Auto-Unfold routine has finished creating the flat patterns - [Improved] You now have the option to Hide Inventor window during processing. Processing is slightly faster when hidden. - [Improved] You now have the option to show the explorer window after the exporting has finished. <6.0.1> - Features have been incorporated into 6.0.2 <6.0.0> *** Activation Is Required - Please email us on ivtools@mgfx.co.za to check if your subscription is active*** - [New] Inventor 2022 Compatibility -- Only supports Inventor 2017 to 2022 - [New] Support added for Model States -- Its now possible to retrieve sheet

6.0.2

What's New: <6.0.2> *** No Activation required when upgrading from version 6.x.x *** - [Improved] Auto-Unfold routine has been improved to cater for more part types - [Improved] Parts will now be closed after the Auto-Unfold routine has finished creating the flat patterns - [Improved] You now have the option to Hide Inventor window during processing. Processing is slightly faster when hidden. - [Improved] You now have the option to show the explorer window after the exporting has finished. <6.0.1> - Features have been incorporated into 6.0.2 <6.0.0> *** Activation Is Required - Please email us on ivtools@mgfx.co.za to check if your subscription is active*** - [New] Inventor 2022 Compatibility -- Only supports Inventor 2017 to 2022 - [New] Support added for Model States -- Its now possible to retrieve sheet metal parts of different Model States (formerly known as Level of Details) - [Improved] Scan speed improvement <5.0.9> *** No Activation required when upgrading from version 5.x.x *** - [Improved] Edge-Mark colour is now applied to the edge-mark layer and entities. - [Improved] Updated to latest DXF engine. - [Improved] Improved the robustness of the auto-unfold function. - [Fixed] In a very rare situation of an assembly and a SM part having the same Part Number, the QTY would be incorrect. <5.0.8> - [Improved] Better handling of referenced AnyCAD CAD models <5.0.7> - [New] Added the Comments iProperty as an option for text inside the DXF file. - [Improved] Assembly checking function added to determine if the main assy has missing references. <5.0.6> - [Fixed] In rare cases certain parts were not be added to the Grid automatically. This was caused by very similar Part Numbers being used. - [Fixed] Text inside DXF file (when set to Auto Size) would be calculated incorrectly depending on your PC's decimal symbol. <5.0.5> - [Improved] Added 'File Name' option to Custom DXF file naming mechanism. - [Improved] Added 'File Name' option to Text Inside DXF file mechanism. <5.0.4> - [Improved] Total QTY has been changed to be Part Number OR File Name based, depending on your Row Merge setting of your Inventor BOM. <5.0.3> - [New] Added the Top-Center justification option for when adding text inside the DXF file. - [Improved] Added the ability to use Custom iPropeties inside the filename - [Improved] When defining a custom filename, the option to define alternative text for when a property is blank or empty, has been added. - [New] Added help videos for How To create custom filename and text inside DXF files. - [New] Content Center files will also be scanned and added to the grid for processing - If option is set <5.0.2> - [Improved] Auto-Unfold function. - [Fixed] "Browse for Parts" and "Add Folder" options now works normally again. Previously files added with these functions failed export. <5.0.1> - [Fixed] Text position mechanism was generating wrong coordinates. - [Fixed] Edge Marks lengths were calculated incorrectly. <5.0.0> *** Activation Is Required - Please email us on ivtools@mgfx.co.za to check if your subscription is active*** - Inventor 2021 Compatibility - [New] Ability to add notch circles at start and end point of bend lines. - [New] Edge Marks can now be offset to form a gap between the contour and edge mark. - [Improved] When the bend line is too small for two edge marks to replace it, a single edge mark line will be inserted. - [Improved] The text insertion options have changed to give more flexibility of text created inside the DXF file. - [New] Options and settings can now be saved to file and easily recalled using the new Options File dropdown.

5.0.2

What's New: <5.0.2> *** No Activation required when upgrading from version 5.x.x *** - [Improved] Auto-Unfold function. - [Fixed] "Browse for Parts" and "Add Folder" options now works normally again. Previously files added with these functions failed export. <5.0.1> - [Fixed] Text position mechanism was generating wrong coordinates. - [Fixed] Edge Marks lengths were calculated incorrectly. <5.0.0> *** Activation Is Required - Please email us on ivtools@mgfx.co.za to check if your subscription is active*** - Inventor 2021 Compatibility - [New] Ability to add notch circles at start and end point of bend lines. - [New] Edge Marks can now be offset to form a gap between the contour and edge mark. - [Improved] When the bend line is too small for two edge marks to replace it, a single edge mark line will be inserted. - [Improved] The text insertion options have changed to give more flexibility of text created inside the DXF file. - [New] Options and settings can now be saved to file and easily recalled using the new Options File dropdown. <4.6.9> *** No Activation required when upgrading from version 4.6.x *** - Fixed the issue where you cannot copy the DXF entities to the clipboard after opening the DXF file in AutoCAD. <4.6.8> - Bug fixes - Added the option to include Flat Pattern Extents as part of the DXF filename. - Added option to create DXF files in a relative folder path inside your project workspaces. - Added option of categorising DXF files in folders by thickness. <4.6.7> - Bug fixes. <4.6.6> - iPorpoety text color is now assigned the text layer instead of the text object directly. <4.6.5> - Fixed an issue where on PC's with a comma as a decimal symbol, an error will be logged when adding iProperty text to the DXF file. <4.6.4> - Added an option to include/scan Purchased Parts and Assemblies. - Added a string replace function for Custom Filenames. <4.6.3> - Added the option to specify different values for Bend Down and Bend Up Edge marks. - Added an option to specify how the "Flip" or orientate the flat pattern before exporting. This is useful if you want all the Bends to face Up for instance. <4.6.2> - Bug fixes - Added the option to be able to specify Edge Mark Up and Down offset values. <4.6.1> - Fixed an issue with empty Custom filename config. - Expanded the log file grid to include more properties and information. - Added a Save button on each settings tab. <4.6.0> - Added Inventor 2020 Support - Added Bend lines Line Type options <4.5.5> - Fixed the text position bug <4.5.4> - Added Filename Customization video - Fixed the Merged BOM Row detection function - Added a Restart button to clear grids for when you want to start again - Bug fixes

4.6.9

<4.6.9> *** No Activation required when upgrading from version 4.6.x *** - Fixed the issue where you cannot copy the DXF entities to the clipboard after opening the DXF file in Autodesk® AutoCAD®. <4.6.8> - Bug fixes - Added the option to include Flat Pattern Extents as part of the DXF filename - Added option to create DXF files in a relative folder path inside your project workspaces - Added option of categorizing DXF files in folders by the thickness <4.6.7> - Bug fixes <4.6.6> - iPorpoety text color is now assigned the text layer instead of the text object directly <4.6.5> - Fixed an issue where on PC's with a comma as a decimal symbol, an error will be logged when adding iProperty text to the DXF file <4.6.4> - Added an option to include/scan Purchased Parts and Assemblies - Added a string replace function for Custom Filenames <4.6.3> - Added the option to specify different values for Bend Down and Bend Up Edge marks - Added an option to specify how the "Flip" or orientate the flat pattern before exporting. This is useful if you want all the Bends to face Up for instance. <4.6.2> - Bug fixes - Added the option to be able to specify Edge Mark Up and Down offset values <4.6.1> - Fixed an issue with empty Custom filename config - Expanded the log file grid to include more properties and information - Added a Save button on each settings tab 4.6.0 - Added Inventor 2020 Support - Added Bend lines Line Type options 4.5.5 - Fixed the text position bug 4.5.4 - Added Filename Customization video - Fixed the Merged BOM Row detection function - Added a Restart button to clear grids for when you want to start again - Bug fixes 4.5.3 - Added Quickstart Tutorial video - Bug fixes 4.5.2 - Bug fixes 4.5.1 - Better performance - DXF File Version Setting - Export a STEP File - Additional Custom iProperty - Ability to Specify a Font - Update Thumbnail preview when using Arrow Keys - Better Logging - Persistent Application Settings - Update Checking - Bend Line Edge Marks - Trim Bend Lines

4.6.0

4.6.0 - Added Inventor 2020 Support - Added Bend lines Line Type options 4.5.5 - Fixed the text position bug 4.5.4 - Added Filename Customization video - Fixed the Merged BOM Row detection function - Added a Restart button to clear grids for when you want to start again - Bug fixes 4.5.3 - Added Quickstart Tutorial video - Bug fixes 4.5.2 - Bug fixes 4.5.1 - Better performance - DXF File Version Setting - Export a STEP File - Additional Custom iProperty - Ability to Specify a Font - Update Thumbnail preview when using Arrow Keys - Better Logging - Persistent Application Settings - Update Checking - Bend Line Edge Marks - Trim Bend Lines

4.5.5

Better performance DXF File Version Setting Export a STEP File Additional Custom iProperty Ability to Specify a Font for text inside dxf file Better Logging Bend Line Edge Marks Trim Bend Lines

4.2.0

Added Inventor 2019 support

4.1.2

Bug Fixes Better navigation

4.0.1

Bug Fixes

4.0.0

Inventor 2018 Compatibility

3.7.7

Added ability to move text to negative quadrant.

3.7.1

Added a filename configurator Added a QTY multiplier Bug fixes

3.6.2

Bug fixes and Trial lic implementation

3.2.0

Added Inventor 2016 support

3.1.3

Added functionality where the “Remove Center Marks” option will now also remove the "Tool center" marks.

3.1.2

Added new options to add files to the grid

Added new export options

Intruduced a log file for tracking progress in all functions

Progress bar implementation accross the application

Ability to save DXF files in the same folder as Inventor part files

More informative tooltips

some more user requested features.

3.0.10

Fixed a small Spline simplification issue

3.0.7

Change inside installer to cater for upgrades from previous versions

3.0.6

.net 4.5 dependency detection & installation now working

3.0.5

Inventor 2015 compatibility

New interface

New iProperties support

Can overwrite or increment exported files

Detect merged BOM rows with varying part file names

2.1.3

Minor bug fixes

2.1.2

Improved the activation dialogue

Added a splash screen during installation to explain how to start the app.

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