Sheet Metal DXF Exporter
Digitally signed app
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).
15-day trial after which the app can be purchased for $98.
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.
Hi Kyle. Thank you so much for the great review!
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.
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!!!
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 ?
Hi yes we have a version that works with Inventor 2016. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Hi Jordan. Thanks for the awesome review!
This is the best tool ever! Thanks Pieter!
Hi Murat, Thank you for the great review!
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
Hi Mark I will contact you directly regarding your request. Thanks for the good star review!
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?
Hi please ask for support on email@example.com
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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.
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.
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!
Hi thanks for the great review. Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can chat further about your requirement.
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.
Thanks for your feedback. I will see if there is any way we can add R12 format.
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.
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.
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!
Hi Bryan, thanks for the good review and kind words... much appreciated!
Exports STEP files, Really like the Bend line edge marks at contour . Helping the guys on the floor . Great customer service.
Thanks for the kind words Doug!
Performs exactly as advertised... Bulk export of DXFs, Thanks boet
Great tool, creating DXFs is noramlly a headache but this is easy to use and saves me a ton of time. recommended.
Works great, time saving, top service.
Thanks for the kind words Pascal!
What functionality is limited with the Free version?
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.
I don't use DXF data that much but it's cool to have it being free. Thank you very much.
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
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?
Here on the website: http://www.mgfx.co.za/buy-tools-for-inventor.htm
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.
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!
great tool, works fantastic, saves lots of time. Nothing did disappear as told above. Exporting colors in the layer would be great if included.
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.
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.