DXF and DWG export question help please


#1

Hello everyone. I am new here and thanks in advance for the help. I need to know if a downloaded file in Sketchup Pro as a dwg and dxf will import the same way as a solid works file and run in my vendors CNC laser cutter and sheet metal bending equipment. Is there a file that someone has or can generate that I can test? Something as simple as a 12x12 square with a hole in the middle? I need to see before purchasing the Pro version. Thanks


#2

Here you go then.

Square.skp (213.8 KB)


#3

Thanks simonbevans
What I need is a file that has already been converted and saved as a dxf and dwg.


#4

exported w/ the 3D DXF/DWG exporter for keeping the circle to be a true, analytic entity and not being slabbed to a polygon using the 2D exporter.

View: top
Projection: parallel
Unit: Millimeter
Faces: w/o
DXF/DWG version: 2000 (AC1015)

Square.DXF2000.dxf (544.0 KB)
Square.DWG2000.dwg (206.7 KB)


#5

for evaluating the exported DXF/DWGs you may want use the free ODA Drawings Explorer f. Windows/macOS/Tux.


#6

Awesome. Thanks! Perfect


#7

OK, I bought the Pro version. Why do my circles still have spines like in the non Pro version?
Thanks


#8

All sketchup versions are surface based and only draw “straight” lines. You can increase the number of sides to a circle by typing a number then the letter s immediately after making a circle or polygon, ex 48s -enter.

For your purposes you can export true circles in dwg format using the method that @SketchUp3D_de outlined. The circle is converted during the export process.


#9

In which case you should update your profile to reflect that or advice from here on may be wrong.


#10

SU can handle analytic circle/arc entities internally (which is good for being exact as long as possible) but needs to interpolate them as a polygon as soon as e.g. modeling operations based on them do occur. See the element info for evaluating the current state of an entity.


#11

Thanks everybody. I had no idea I would get this much support so quickly. Glad to be here.