What is the best way to export flat pattern of sheetmetal parts in SolidWorks
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.
There is a shortcut in the Cut list to export DXF that is handy.
This can export the flat patterns of all configurations within a part. With separate part numbers. Very Helpful!