By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by Forum House Ad Zone

.dwg and .dxf files

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
JA11/05/2022 20:31:24
avatar
1359 forum posts
80 photos

I have contacted some waterjet cutting firms for getting some plates cut. I included a .pdf file of what I want (the only way you can get a drawing out of free FUSION360). They are asking for either a .dwg or a .dxf file.

I can produce either of these using TURBOCADS. Before I produce a file what should it contain: Just the outline of what I want? Plus dimension? A complete drawing with a border and text box?

JA

JasonB11/05/2022 20:42:17
avatar
Moderator
22751 forum posts
2653 photos
1 articles

Basic outline and any cut outs with a single dimension so they can check the size and not make your part 1m long when you wanted it 1" long should do.

Andrew Johnston11/05/2022 20:46:28
avatar
6602 forum posts
701 photos

When I had parts laser cut the DXF I sent was a 2D drawing with border and dimensions. Why not ask them what they want?

Andrew

K.J. Kroeker11/05/2022 22:31:09
avatar
3 forum posts
2 photos

If your desired dxf can be defined by one sketch in Fusion 360, you can generate the DXF by right clicking on the sketch in the browser and selecting save as dxf.

JA12/05/2022 12:49:42
avatar
1359 forum posts
80 photos

Many thanks for the above replies.

I have spent the last few hours drawing the part in TurboCAD and have just sent off both the .dwg and the .dxf files. I took Andrew's advice and produced a complete drawing.

Now for the replies from the cutters.

JA

Nigel Bennett12/05/2022 13:07:20
avatar
456 forum posts
20 photos

My usual procedure is to send two files - one a pdf of the full drawing and a dxf file of the other with a bare outline of the part, including one dimension to check scale. I also append a note with thickness and material on the dxf. I used to add a clue to the size of the drawing - so the filename is eg. XYZ-123 - A4 - Iss 1. This helped back in the day when we updated the drawing so that we got the revisions done and didn't get sent an obsolete part.

This is how I used to deal with it professionally and it worked well.

JasonB12/05/2022 13:15:06
avatar
Moderator
22751 forum posts
2653 photos
1 articles

As I said I just send the profile with one dimension, thickness and material are in teh e-mail

dxf.jpg

Seem to come back OK

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Eccentric July 5 2018
cowells
Dreweatts
Rapid RC
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest