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New in CAD Designing

I currently do customizing/designing on the shop floor and would like to
get into some sheet metal drawings with CAD. Can anyone give me some
tips on how to create a file that can be e-mailed then used on a laser
cutter ext. Is there certain formats I should save them in? Do I draw
and save my sheet layout in 2d Model View? When do I use sheet1?
I'm not new on computers but totally new in the CAD world.
Any sheet metal tips will be appreciated.
Thanks
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Re: New in CAD Designing


Mahlon Martin wrote:
>I currently do customizing/designing on the shop floor and would like to
>get into some sheet metal drawings with CAD. Can anyone give me some
>tips on how to create a file that can be e-mailed then used on a laser
>cutter ext. Is there certain formats I should save them in? Do I draw
>and save my sheet layout in 2d Model View? When do I use sheet1?
>I'm not new on computers but totally new in the CAD world.
>Any sheet metal tips will be appreciated.
>
>Thanks

SolidEdge has a nice sheet metal setup in the 3D version. If you are able to create
flat patterns for sheet metal with the correct offsets for stock thickness, you
might want to try creating them in the free 2D version, and export DXF files, and
email them to your vendor.
Is it your laser cutter, or a vendor of yours? If it's a vendor,
you might try getting the same CAD system they use, and have them email to you some
of the files that they created for you. You can also try to pick their brain as
much as possible. They will (in the end) be getting the file from you, so it might
be in their best interests to help you out in the beginning.

Re: New in CAD Designing

For this purpose you are really "modeling" not drafting, so I'd put it on
the 2D Model View sheet at full scale. Then Save As DXF or DWG for your
laser cutter.
The Sheet 1 is only for making scaled views of the Model View.

"Ralph Undis" wrote in message
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>
> Mahlon Martin wrote:
>>I currently do customizing/designing on the shop floor and would like to
>>get into some sheet metal drawings with CAD. Can anyone give me some
>>tips on how to create a file that can be e-mailed then used on a laser
>>cutter ext. Is there certain formats I should save them in? Do I draw
>>and save my sheet layout in 2d Model View? When do I use sheet1?
>>I'm not new on computers but totally new in the CAD world.
>>Any sheet metal tips will be appreciated.
>>
>>Thanks

>
> SolidEdge has a nice sheet metal setup in the 3D version. If you are able
> to create
> flat patterns for sheet metal with the correct offsets for stock
> thickness, you
> might want to try creating them in the free 2D version, and export DXF
> files, and
> email them to your vendor.
>
> Is it your laser cutter, or a vendor of yours? If it's a vendor,
> you might try getting the same CAD system they use, and have them email to
> you some
> of the files that they created for you. You can also try to pick their
> brain as
> much as possible. They will (in the end) be getting the file from you, so
> it might
> be in their best interests to help you out in the beginning.

Re: New in CAD Designing

Dan Staples wrote:
> For this purpose you are really "modeling" not drafting, so I'd put it on
> the 2D Model View sheet at full scale. Then Save As DXF or DWG for your
> laser cutter.
>
> The Sheet 1 is only for making scaled views of the Model View.
>
>
> "Ralph Undis" wrote in message
> news:45944b0a$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>> Mahlon Martin wrote:
>>> I currently do customizing/designing on the shop floor and would like to
>>> get into some sheet metal drawings with CAD. Can anyone give me some
>>> tips on how to create a file that can be e-mailed then used on a laser
>>> cutter ext. Is there certain formats I should save them in? Do I draw
>>> and save my sheet layout in 2d Model View? When do I use sheet1?
>>> I'm not new on computers but totally new in the CAD world.
>>> Any sheet metal tips will be appreciated.
>>>
>>> Thanks

>> SolidEdge has a nice sheet metal setup in the 3D version. If you are able
>> to create
>> flat patterns for sheet metal with the correct offsets for stock
>> thickness, you
>> might want to try creating them in the free 2D version, and export DXF
>> files, and
>> email them to your vendor.
>>
>> Is it your laser cutter, or a vendor of yours? If it's a vendor,
>> you might try getting the same CAD system they use, and have them email to
>> you some
>> of the files that they created for you. You can also try to pick their
>> brain as
>> much as possible. They will (in the end) be getting the file from you, so
>> it might
>> be in their best interests to help you out in the beginning.
>
>
Thanks for the info