If your flat pattern is in a Solidworks drawing ( slddwg ), I would first make sure your scale is at 1:1. Second I would remove the drawing boarder if you are using one. Then save the file as a dxf file and it can be used in any water / laser jet machine.
Flatten the part first. Then "save as", chose your file type i.e. step, iges, then save.
There is a shortcut in the Cut list to export DXF that is handy.
If I have a lot of part to export the flatten state, is there a way to batch process this? Some parts are single body sheetmetal and some other are multiple bodies sheetmetal parts.
create a macro... easy said! I'm not a programmer. I've done simple macros with the record macro button but as soon as I need to edit the codes I'm lost! I will give a look in 3D content central. thanks for your help your solution was really what i was looking for, I just need to automatize the process a bit
you would have to use a macro to batch convert, either look on the SW site or make one.
I hope you found one on 3D content central. I also get lost editing the codes. Im pretty sure its VBS (Visual Basic Script), so If you have free time to study that it could help.
Also, how can I make sure the exported .dxf is as I want it to be cut on the laser table? not up-side down
This can export the flat patterns of all configurations within a part. With separate part numbers. Very Helpful!