TS_SAVEASDXF

This is a handy tool you can use to export selected entities to a DXF. This command is different to the standard DXFOUT command because it performs the following additional tasks:


  • Moves the origin.
  • Mirrors the entities (optional)
  • Rotates the entities (optional)



Overview

Save to DXF Dialog

Figure 21: Save as DXF Dialog


Setting

Description

Layers to include

This displays a list of all the layers found in the drawing. You can use standard Windows hotkeys to select one or more layers as required.

Pre-selecting Entities

The list of layers will be simplified if you pre-select some entities before starting the command. In this mode the list of layers will be reduced to those of the selection set.

Output folder

Press the Browse button to display a Browse For Folder window. Then navigate to the the output folder. Press Make New Folder if required.

Browse For Folder Dialog

Figure 22: Browse For Folder Dialog

Rotate 90 degrees

Set this option if you would like to rotate the selected entities by 90 degrees (clockwise) relative to the selected origin.

Mirror

Set this option if you would like to mirror the selected entities. They will be mirrored to the right, relative to the selected origin. Example:


EXplanation of mirroring

Figure 23: Example showing position of mirror line.

Duplicate Crease layer

Set this option and then select the number of times you would like the Crease layer entities duplicated. Choose from 1 to 5 times.


The reason for the duplication of the Crease layer is for certain CNC machines. Sometimes the material is so hard that the machine needs to do the Creases twice to make sure it folds properly.


Use this setting if you CNC machine controller doesn't have the facility to do multiple passes of the same layer.

Decimal Precision

Use the drop-down list to indicate how many decimal places you would like to use for the DXF file. Select from 0 to 8.

DXF ASCII Version

Use the drop-down to specify the version of the DXF file. Choose from:


  • Release 2018
  • Release 2013
  • Release 2010
  • Release 2007
  • Release 2004
  • Release 2000
  • Release 14
  • Release 13
  • Release 12

How to Use

  1. Optionally select a set of entities before starting the command (see Layers to include).
  2. Start the command.
  3. Select the layers you want to include.
  4. Set the output folder.
  5. Adjust the other settings as required.
  6. Press Save.
  7. Select the entities to include (it will filter to your chosen layers).
  8. Specify the new origin for the entities (this will become 0,0,0 in the new DXF file).
  9. Specify the new DXF filename.



Notes iconYour settings will be remembered for the next time you use the command.
The entities will be processed in the following order:  Move / Mirror / Rotate