What is the best way to export flat pattern of sheetmetal parts in SolidWorks

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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.

 
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Flatten the part first. Then "save as", chose your file type i.e. step, iges, then save.

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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http://www.3dcontentcentral.com/macros/177/files/macro.aspx?id=179438#0

This can export the flat patterns of all configurations within a part. With separate part numbers. Very Helpful!

 
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