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  • Solid Works file to vector?

    We have a customer who works in Solid Works. They do mechanical engineering. We're printing a job that they set up in Solid Works. They can't seem to export the file into anything but .jpg or .tif. They read me the export options they have available and all were raster formats. But I have to believe that a drawing program would be able to export vectors of some kind, right? Has anyone had any experience with this?

  • #2
    I just checked a PDF on the product form the company website.

    It had this tidbit:

    SolidWorks Premium 2012 features builtin translators that let you exchange CAD data created in a wide variety of software applications and file formats, including:
    • PDF
    • STEP
    • IGES
    • DWG
    • DXF
    • OBJ
    • 3DS
    • Parasolid®
    • Pro/ENGINEER®
    • IAM (Autodesk Inventor®)
    • IPT (Autodesk Inventor)
    • Mechanical Desktop®
    • Unigraphics®
    • PAR (Solid Edge®)
    • CADKEY®
    • Rhino
    • IDF
    • IFC
    • SAT (ACIS®)
    • VDA-FS
    • VRML
    • STL
    • U3D (Universal 3D)
    • TIFF
    • JPG
    • AI (Adobe® Illustrator®)
    • PSD (Adobe Photoshop®)
    • 3D XML
    • CGR (CATIA® graphics)
    • HCG (CATIA highly compressed graphics)
    • HSF (Hoops)

    But, it didn't specifically say export. The only exports I saw mentioned that might help are dfx and dwg
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    • #3
      I can't find much useful info on their site. Can you link me to that PDF?


      • #4
        I used to work somewhere where the engineers used Solid Works and I used Illustrator.

        Have them export it as a .DXF and you can open it just fine.

        The only issue is that each line segment is a separate piece, so I had to ungroup them all, and join all the overlapping points.

        You can do that manually, or there is an Illustrator script that will do it for you.

        I'm not sure if it can be automatically taken care of by Solid Works during the export as well.


        • #5
          Cosmo the PDF I looked at was on this page on the left
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          • #6
            We only print Solidworks designs as raster... And sometimes the resolution really sucks.


            • #7
              Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
              We only print Solidworks designs as raster... And sometimes the resolution really sucks.
              Yeah. She can get me a raster file no problem. But this is something we're cutting vinyl for...


              • #8
                Have them export a DXF. I used to do this exact thing.

                Solid Works, exported as DXF, imported into Illustrator to set the cut lines, print and cut on a vinyl cutter.

                We did it for small and huge things like race car panels.


                • #9
                  I used to get some solidworks art as dwg, opened as vector in illy. worked just fine. (this was 4 yrs ago, though)
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                  • #10
                    It depends on how it is built in Solidworks.
                    If they can get you a flattened DXF with polylines instead of splines that would be more ideal...


                    • #11
                      It finally ended up that I went over there myself and exported a PDF file. We had to tinker with settings to finally get it to work, but it works.


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