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JA11/05/2022 20:31:24
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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?


JasonB11/05/2022 20:42:17
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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
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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?


K.J. Kroeker11/05/2022 22:31:09
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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
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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.


Nigel Bennett12/05/2022 13:07:20
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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
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As I said I just send the profile with one dimension, thickness and material are in teh e-mail


Seem to come back OK

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