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Offline RedneckInTraining

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solidworks to autocad
« on: October 8, 2012, 09:04:56 pm »
I'm in the process of designing an exhaust header for a diesel I am converting to turbo.I modeled the header flange and turbo flange in solidworks. My problem is that the CNC plasma guy needs a drawing in autocad's .DWG format. So now I need a way to save the 2D sketch(that I used to fully define the part in solidworks) of the flanges with dimensions to a DWG file so the CNC guy can use it.I am not really having much luck.Short of printing out the drawing with dimensions and giving it to the CNC guy I don't really know what to do. For obvious reasons I would rather not do that because I really don't want to pay for his time to design something I already designed..

for better or worse I am making the flanges out of 3/8" steel because diesel exhaust doesn't get anywhere near as hot as gas exhaust,that and there will be a brace from the turbo flange to the block.
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    Offline leo72987

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    Re: solidworks to autocad
    « Reply #1 on: October 11, 2012, 02:49:47 pm »
    I hope this helps

    Even if it's not the same version the general process should be similar
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    Re: solidworks to autocad
    « Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 08:54:38 pm »
    Yeah, you should be able to export the part as a .dxf. that's the common file format for most modelling software. make sure you save it in the correct units(inches or mm) and on the correct planes. If all else fails and confusion sets in, download the trial version of rhinocerous 3d. Save your Solidworks file as an .iges file, open it with rhinocerous and there is a button for "make 2d drawing". then you can just save it as a dxf or a dwg file and open it with autocad. thats kind of the complicated method but if you need to circumvent a brain fart, it does the trick. good luck