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.

 

Note:

- 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).

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Versión 7.0.2, 13/04/2022
<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


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  • Essential for anyone using Inventor for Sheet Metal
    Mark Williams | julio 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 (Editor) | julio 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 | enero 12, 2022 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | enero 13, 2022

    Hi yes we have a version that works with Inventor 2016. Please email me: ivtools@mgfx.co.za


  • Excellent Program with Excellent Support
    Jordan Davis | enero 06, 2022 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | enero 07, 2022

    Hi Jordan. Thanks for the awesome review!


  • Perfect Tool
    Murat Sozen | noviembre 03, 2021 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    This is the best tool ever! Thanks Pieter!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Editor) | noviembre 08, 2021

    Hi Murat, Thank you for the great review!


  • PDF Files
    Mark La Forest | febrero 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 (Editor) | marzo 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 | enero 25, 2021 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | febrero 08, 2021

    Hi please ask for support on ivtools@mgfx.co.za


  • How do I reinstall the program?
    민정 김 | enero 25, 2021 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

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


  • excelent piece of software
    Ofer Keren | octubre 21, 2020 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | octubre 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 | noviembre 06, 2019 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | noviembre 06, 2019

    Hi thanks for the great review. Please email me on ivtools@mgfx.co.za so we can chat further about your requirement.


  • No R12 Support
    Josh Gorham | septiembre 04, 2019 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | septiembre 06, 2019

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


  • DXF to manufacturing
    Neil Solomons | septiembre 04, 2019 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | septiembre 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.


  • GREAT TOOL, GREAT SERVICE!
    Bryan Trubey | julio 18, 2019 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | julio 19, 2019

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


  • Great tool
    Doug Bresadola | febrero 13, 2019 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

     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 (Editor) | febrero 14, 2019

    Thanks for the kind words Doug!


  • Great Tool
    Stephan Muller | enero 17, 2018 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

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


  • Very useful, Time saver
    Guy Charnley | marzo 13, 2017 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 | febrero 14, 2017 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    Works great, time saving, top service.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Editor) | febrero 15, 2017

    Thanks for the kind words Pascal!


  • Question
    Stephen Bahr | marzo 01, 2016

    What functionality is limited with the Free version?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Editor) | marzo 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 | marzo 12, 2015 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | marzo 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 | noviembre 05, 2014 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 | enero 22, 2015
    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Editor) | marzo 16, 2015

    This is the correct link: "http://www.mgfx.co.za/buy-tools-for-inventor.htm" 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 | octubre 31, 2014 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 | febrero 20, 2014 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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 (Editor) | febrero 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 | febrero 13, 2014 Descarga verificada (¿Qué es esto?)

    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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