Sheet Metal DXF Exporter

Sheet Metal DXF Exporter

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Export sheet metal Flat Pattern parts of an assembly to DXF in one go. Besides just exporting the Flat Patterns, the application will also insert Part Number, Material, Thickness and Quantity properties for each Flat Pattern DXF file or include it in the file name.

Edge marks/scribes and notch circle geometry can also be added as part of post-processing.

It greatly improves efficiency and saves time and avoids having to do manual processing work down the line. It eliminates any errors creeping in while manually entering and specifying cutting processes.


Options are provided to simplify the exported geometry to make the file readable in any CNC software removing duplicate or double lines wherever possible. All profiles are re-aligned to the positive quadrant and can be configured to only contain Cut lines.


No clean-up is required after the export.



- DXF Exporter icon will be available on your Desktop.

- Autodesk® Inventor® must also be running for the app to work.

- The app is available as a Full Featured Product for a 15 day period after which Free Mode is enabled with limited functionality.


Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).

Trial Description

15-day trial after which the app can be purchased for $98.

About This Version

Version 9.0.4, 5/23/2024
9.0.4 What's New: <9.0.4> *** No Activation required when upgrading from version 9.x.x *** - [New] Upgraded DXF Library to version 3.0.1. - [New] Added an ID column to the grid. -- Row values will start with 1 and increment by 1 - Basically a count of rows -- Row ID value can be used in the custom filename configuration - [New] Added an option to also export the Ipt file to the export folder, and with the same filename as the DXF file. - [New] Added the ability to specify a shared Options File folder. -- This is useful if users would like to share a common folder for Options Files. - [Improved] Better handling of Options file and folder permission issues. <9.0.0> *** Activation Is Required - Please email us on to verify if your subscription is active*** - [New] Inventor 2025 Compatibility. - [Fix] Fixed a general error which occurred on very few systems when exporting all grid items. <8.2.0> *** No Activation required when upgrading from version 8.x.x *** - [New] Added ability to control the Mark Feature layer's Visibility, Name and Colour. <8.1.1> - [Fix] The number of bends in the Bends column have been doubled up and reported as such. <8.1.0> - [Improved] Added option to Zero-pad Thickness folder names for better sorting in Windows Explorer. -- This only applies when exporting DXF files to individual folders per thickness - [New] Replaced the old Row Merge item checker with the new "Part Number Item Analysis" tool. -- This is a way more powerfull tool for picking up models with Part Number conflicts - [Improved] Added three new user-requested columns - CNC Cut Length, Mass, and Area (Extents). - [Improved] The process report settings are now saved and will automatically be recalled the next time its used. <8.0.7> - [Fix] App would not load the assembly if a Custom iProp with the name 'Title' was added to the table. - [Improved] More specific messaging was added in the event of an error while loading an assembly. <8.0.5> - [Improved] Improved feedback when checking for duplicate export DXF filenames. <8.0.4> - [Improved] Custom Layer Names are now being checked for illegal characters not supported by AutoCAD. - [Improved] Overall dimensions could cause the system to stop processing files prematurely. <8.0.3> - [Fixed] Sometimes the bend notes were not placed in the correct position. - [Fixed] Fixed an issue with combining DXF files with unsupported characters in the filename. <8.0.2> - [Improved] Thumbnail images of Part models with Model States will now be displayed correctly on the grid. - [Improved] Added a right-click option to export the Processing Report directly from the grid. <8.0.1> *** Activation Is Required - Please email us on to verify if your subscription is active*** - [New] Inventor 2024 Compatibility. - [New] Added Post-Processing functions - See new Ribbon Tab. -- Use the DXF Combiner to combine DXF files into one DXF file. --- Files can be added from what was just exported or by selecting DXF files from a folder. -- Use the PDF Combiner to combine PDF files into one PDF file. --- Files can be added from what was just exported or by selecting PDF files from a folder. -- The Processing Report button is also located on this tab's ribbon. - [New] Added more items to be included as text inside the DXF file. -- Added: File Path, File name (Full), Date Exported, Time Exported, Inventor User Name, Windows User Name. - [Improved] Small bug fixes. <7.1.19> - [Fixed] Error message popping up after exporting files. <7.1.18> - [New] Added a "Bends (Unique)" column option. -- If Bends are colinear and in the same direction then they will be reported as 1 bend. -- This value is more useful for bending cost calculations for instance. -- PLEASE NOTE: This will slow down the

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  • Simple and easy DXF flat patterns
    Kyle Warren | October 03, 2022

    My company has been using this program for years now. It only keeps on getting better over time. Open an assembly and run the program to get all of the files you need.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | October 04, 2022

    Hi Kyle. Thank you so much for the great review!

  • Essential for anyone using Inventor for Sheet Metal
    Mark Williams | July 06, 2022

    I've been using Pieter's Inventor tools for over ten years now and consider them an essential part of Inventor. Pieter clearly has a thorough understanding of modern manufacturing, his tools save me hours every week. I was very pleasantly surpirsed to find in the latest release that the DXF exporter now trims the bend lines, automating yet another step. Inspired by the words of the late Kerry Packer, if you don't get DXF Exporter you're a bloody idiot! Be sure to look at his other apps too.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | July 07, 2022

    Hi Mark, Thanks for the great review and I am so happy to hear that our hard work is making a difference in your environment! This kind of feedback inspires us to do even better! :) Cheers!!!

  • Cooperation with Inventor 16
    piotr w | January 12, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Tool looks really good on the presentation. I would like to try use it, but I wonder if it is possible to cooperate with oldest version Inventor 16 ?


    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | January 13, 2022

    Hi yes we have a version that works with Inventor 2016. Please email me:

  • Excellent Program with Excellent Support
    Jordan Davis | January 06, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This program is an absolute must for anyone working with Inventor sheet metal that needs to be exported for manufacturing. It is very configurable, user-friendly, works very well, and it also comes with excellent support. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who has the need for it. 

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | January 07, 2022

    Hi Jordan. Thanks for the awesome review!

  • Perfect Tool
    Murat Sozen | November 03, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is the best tool ever! Thanks Pieter!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | November 08, 2021

    Hi Murat, Thank you for the great review!

  • PDF Files
    Mark La Forest | February 26, 2021

    Hi Peiter,

    Are you considering the option for the automatic generation of PDF files in future releases? We would love to have this feature in the one app.

    Mark La Forest AWE

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | March 02, 2021

    Hi Mark I will contact you directly regarding your request. Thanks for the good star review!

  • How do I reinstall the program?
    민정 김 | January 25, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    You are using a program.
    It's a very good program.
    I need to change my computer and install a new one, what should I do?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | February 08, 2021

    Hi please ask for support on

  • How do I reinstall the program?
    민정 김 | January 25, 2021 Verified Download (What's this?)

    프로그램을 사용하고 있습니다.
    아주 좋은 프로그램입니다.
    컴퓨터를 변경하고 새 컴퓨터를 설치해야합니다. 어떻게해야합니까?

  • excelent piece of software
    Ofer Keren | October 21, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    thank you for a wonderful tool, never thought i would find something that covers so many of our needs in one package.

    the only lacking feature for us is the ability to place files in folders according to material and not just thickness. We have many instances where a project will have both 2mm aluminium and 2mm steel. Currently I have to manually seperate them. basically let me control the folders in the same way as i can control the file names.



    completely outside current functionality of the software if you could add IDW>>PDF with the same naming scheme and sorting it would turn this software to the perfect publishing solution for our needs.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | October 22, 2020

    Hi Ofer. Thank you for the great review. I have added your request to the list of feature requests Please look at AutoDRAW as well which has some great publishing functions for your drawings.

  • Great tool, one tiny thing missing
    Harrie Stam | November 06, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This tool saves us a lot of time.
    But... Can you add the width and length of the DXF file in the filename?
    It is for a simple macro in autocad that insert DXF's back into 1 autocad drawing based on the filename which we need for our laser software. If it is not possible it is also okay, then I need to dive more intro VBA (or iLogic).

    Thanks for the great tool!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | November 06, 2019

    Hi thanks for the great review. Please email me on so we can chat further about your requirement.

  • No R12 Support
    Josh Gorham | September 04, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

    At first I had a wonderful experience with this app untill I found a persistant problem with my CNC equipment where certain features would break and I would have to manually fix the paths.

    I now know that is becuase my equipment requires R12 dxf format which Inventor can export, however this app does not support R12 formatted dxf files. No time saved, not worth my effort.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | September 06, 2019

    Thanks for your feedback. I will see if there is any way we can add R12 format.

  • DXF to manufacturing
    Neil Solomons | September 04, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This tool has great potential. When it comes to the manufacturing enviroment, it has one shortfall, for me at least. I send My drawings of to suppliers, to laser cut and cnc bend. For laser cutting, perfect. Bending not though. The supplier often request bend angle and direction.  I'll have to then submit in pdf as well. I need a one salution app that include bend file format for tube bending as well as sheetmetal enviroment. At this stage, creating DXF from ipt file has same potential as the app. Otherwise verry conveniant.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | September 06, 2019

    Thanks for your feedback. We have an app called AutoDRAW which will help create the drawings you need in batch. It can add the bend information for you also automatically.

    Bryan Trubey | July 18, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This tool is incredibly effective and useful. The customer service responce is even better. Looking forward to using in the future and trying out more tools!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | July 19, 2019

    Hi Bryan, thanks for the good review and kind words... much appreciated!

  • Great tool
    Doug Bresadola | February 13, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

     Exports STEP files, Really like the Bend line edge marks at contour . Helping the guys on the floor  . Great customer service.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | February 14, 2019

    Thanks for the kind words Doug!

  • Great Tool
    Stephan Muller | January 17, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Performs exactly as advertised... Bulk export of DXFs, Thanks boet

  • Very useful, Time saver
    Guy Charnley | March 13, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great tool, creating DXFs is noramlly a headache but this is easy to use and saves me a ton of time. recommended.

  • Time saving apps
    Pascal David | February 14, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Works great, time saving, top service.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | February 15, 2017

    Thanks for the kind words Pascal!

  • Question
    Stephen Bahr | March 01, 2016

    What functionality is limited with the Free version?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | March 07, 2016

    Hi Stephen, Thanks for your question but I am not sure why you have rated the app with only one start when asking a question? Would you consider changing that? Anyway, the free version has many limitations which you would see after 15 days. Things like: Layer settings and colors customization restrictions Export filename restrictions Spline simplification restrictions Limit number of parts that can be exported to 20 You are welcome to email me if you need any further help or if you have any suggestions.

  • Cool,
    Dorin Petrean | March 12, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I don't use DXF data that much but it's cool to have it being free. Thank you very much.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | March 13, 2015

    Hi Dorin, The application is free and there is a paid option as well. Which link are you talking about that is not working? May I ask why you only rate the application with one star? Have you tested the application and have you found that it actually does not work or is there any part of the application you think cant perform the job? Thanks

  • How can I purchase the full edition???
    Juan Vélez | November 05, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    The app works great!! but I am concerned about the note: "The app is available as a Full Featured Product for a 15 day period after which Free Mode is enabled with limited functionality." I want to keep full functionality. How can I purchase the full edition?

    James Lovell | January 22, 2015
    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | March 16, 2015

    This is the correct link: "" James the one you listed did not link properly and points to a page link without the .htm at the end which obviously does not work. Instead of just clicking the link please copy and paste the whole link into your web browser to ensure it works.

  • Great tool! but could use few extra features...
    Krystian Wiatr | October 31, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Overall the software is great. Clean and intuitive interface, lots of features, and integration with Inventor. What I couldn't find is the option to merge dxfs into one file, and ability to change export units. Merging the dxfs would be great option for weldments, when single part consist of multiple sub-components. Changing units is great option, if you design parts in both metric and imperial, but you would like to keep exported dxfs consistent. Also, metric parts cut on US stock materials would show the thickness in inches. Currently I'm using custom macro that can export single parts dxfs from inventor. It is not as advanced as this batch conversion tool, but it meets my needs. I was hoping this tool would be able to merge dxfs for weldments, but maybe on the next update. Keep up the good work!

  • very useful tool
    Peter Groh | February 20, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    great tool, works fantastic, saves lots of time. Nothing did disappear as told above. Exporting colors in the layer would be great if included.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | February 22, 2014

    Hi Peter, as mentioned below the entities are exported per layer as I think you mentioned. We have done it like that purposefully so that each person can set their own colors. We will investigate adding a color feature inside the app.

  • Where did the flat pattern go???????
    Daryl Musich | February 13, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Great tool but would be better if you could set the feature colors on export so you dont need to rework the DXF. Also my flat patterns in the model go bye bye after exporting, BIG BUMMER!!!!!!! Will not purchase because of this. *******UPDATE****** Since my original post I have actually gone ahead and purchased this tool because it is very useful and perfect for my application. The customer service was beyond expectation and was a big factor in my decision to purchase. Great work on this app and I look forward to using it daily.

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