Details discussed on this page:

  1. Getting started – Setup Part Information in the DXF Files
  2. Getting started with SnappyDXF
  3. Dominant View / Modest View
  4. Selecting views
  5. Location and File Name
  6. Hide or Show bend lines
  7. Selecting the DXF version of the files
  8. Generating the IDW File
  9. Generating the DXF Files

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Getting started – Setup Part Information in the DXF Files

SnappyDXF Inventor iProperties SnappyDXF Default iProperty settings

It is recommended that this is the first thing you should be looking at before using Snappy DXF. Most of the suppliers nowadays can read and process additional information provided with the DXF files. You can choose to provide relevant information or not. You can choose to customise this up clicking on the button ‘iProperties’ or use the default information.

By default the following information will be provided in the DXF files. These are the most common details required. Next to the header, the dropdown box, are the standard Autodesk Inventor iProperties that are available in every part. The information that is in the selected iProperty of the part will be presented if you choose to use that information.

 

But you can also choose not to provide any additional information by just leaving all the header texts blank

SnappyDXF Blank iProperties

 

or provide your custom information.

SnappyDXF Custom iProperties

If the header text is blank, it does not matter what iProperty has been selected, that information will not appear in the DXF files.

When you click the button ‘Reset’ the default Snappy DXF information will be presented.

SnappyDXF Reset iProperty settings

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Getting started with Snappy DXF

SnappyDXF Getting Started

To be able to use Snappy DXF you need to have a drawing file open. When you click on the ‘OK’ button your Project Folder will appear. From there you can select a drawing file to start with. The drawing file will be opened in Autodesk Inventor. If you already have a drawing file open you can start immediately.
If you haven’t done so, it is recommended that you have a look at ‘Getting started – Setup Part Information in the DXF Files’ before you continue.

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Dominant View / Modest View

SnappyDXF Dominant View and Modest View

When working with only 1 screen, Snappy DXF gives you the option to use ‘Dominant View’. What that means is that Snappy DXF will stay visible and functional during the session. This option is saving you the time of swapping between Autodesk Inventor and Snappy DXF. If you require more space, you could also opt to use ‘Compact View’ as shown in the picture above. When you are done with selecting the views from your drawing file, click on ‘Normal View’ to be able to process the DXF files. You can also downscale Snappy DXF. The last selected preference of ‘Dominant View’ or ‘Modest View’ will be used when you open Snappy DXF the next time again.

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Selecting views

SnappyDXF Selecting drawing views

You can select the views of any part file or flat pattern of the sheet metal file on the drawing file. When you press and hold the ‘Ctrl’ key on your keyboard, you can select multiple views at once. When the views are selected, click on the button ‘Add Selection’ in Snappy DXF and the selected views will appear in the ‘List of Selected Parts’ with some additional information.

SnappyDXF Selecting views from another drawing

You can select views from any other open drawing file during the same session. In case you have selected a view (from any drawing file) and the part is already in the list you will get a warning in the list of ‘Messages’. The part that is selected more than once will not be automatically removed from the list to give you time to take action if required. A view selected from an assembly file will automatically be removed from the list. To remove a part from the list, simply select the item in the list and click the button ‘Remove Part’. Snappy DXF will not allow you to ‘Generate IDW File’ or ‘Generate DXF Files’ if there is a double item in the ‘List of Selected Parts’. This is to prevent items from getting made double the required quantity during the same session.

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Location and File Name

SnappyDXF Select Folder location and file name SnappyDXF Filename and Location

When your ‘List of Selected Parts’ is finished a File Location and Name should be provided before the next steps.

 

There are 2 file options, the files are going to be zipped or not.

SnappyDXF File zip option

When the files are not going to be zipped it is good practice to provide a prefix to the file names such as ‘IFC’, the date, ‘REV 0’ or as shown in the pictures below ‘BT1’ (Beta Version Test 1). The file names will look similar to this:

SnappyDXF File Prefix

When the files are going to be zipped, the name of the zipped file will be (in this case) BT1.zip. The files inside the zipped file will not have the prefix as shown in the picture below.

SnappyDXF Files zipped

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Hide or Show bend lines

SnappyDXF bend line option

Because some suppliers or clients prefer to have the bend lines shown on the flat patterns as their machine(s) can read the position of the bend lines, therefore this option has been integrated. Bend lines can be shown on the flat patterns by simply ticking the box ‘Show the bend lines of flat pattern(s) in .idw file and DXF Files’.

By default the bend lines are not shown every time you open Snappy DXF.

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Selecting the DXF version of the files

SnappXDF DXF Version selection

Because different machines can read different versions of DXF files this option has been integrated. Simply select the required DXF Version from the dropdown box. That version will be used again when you open Snappy DXF the next time until you have changed it again.

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Generating the IDW File

When you have selected all the required views from the drawing file and have the views in the ‘List of Selected Parts’ in Snappy DXF and the only message in the list of ‘Messages’ is ‘No issues found’, you are ready to ‘Generate IDW File’.

SnappyDXF Ready for idw file SnappyDXF Generating idw file
List is complete, ready to generate IDW File Generating IDW File

SnappyDXF idw file done
IDW File has been generated, ready to generate the DXF Files

There is no need for a customised template, Snappy DXF will use your standard template. When the IDW File is generated Snappy DXF will open the template file and gets rid of the border and title block if present. Then it will go through the ‘List of Selected Parts’ and puts each and every selected part on a separate sheet. The view will have no dimensions, the view will be scale 1:1, the thread features and tangent edges will also disappear from the view. In case of a flat pattern of a sheet metal part, Snappy DXF will also take care of the bend lines as per the (un)ticked option. If opted in to provide additional information to the DXF file, Snappy DXF will add that additional information as per your settings to the sheet. Snappy DXF will rename the sheet to the part name before going to the next selected part. This is a fully automated process and there is absolutely nothing you need to do during this process.

The newly generated IDW File should still be checked to be sure. If chamfers and fillets are used in the selected views it is important to know that there might still be small lines visible related to these chamfers and fillets; these small lines should be made invisible in the IDW file. At the moment there is no solution to address this. If possible this will addressed in a future update.

The newly generated IDW File can be saved and or printed for your records.

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Generating the DXF Files

When the IDW File has been generated and checked you can proceed to ‘Generate DXF Files’. Perhaps a few quick checks such as DXF Version and zip option > ‘Generate DXF Files’.

SnappyDXF Ready for generating DXF Files SnappyDXF Generating DXF Files
IDW file is checked, ready to generate the DXF Files Generating the DXF Files

SnappyDXF Finished generating the DXF Files
Finished generating the DXF Files

Each created DXF file has the file name as per the sheet name plus the extension .dxf and all the files have been created in the version you have selected. Snappy DXF has now finished your job.

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