Including Sketches/Curves when Exporting to Step

Builder
Builder

I'm trying to save a part as a step file.  In this part I have a sketch on a face to show a tool path for sigle line text.  Does anyone know why the sketch isn't being included on the generated step file?  I'm using ST8, MP2.

 

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Thanks,

 

Matt

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Re: Including Sketches/Curves when Exporting to Step

MLombard
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I've never known sketches to be exported to STEP in any format. One option for transmitting a 2D element is to create a surface, and trim it with the sketch, or use the sketch to extrude a surface or solid body, and make sure the body transmits.

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Re: Including Sketches/Curves when Exporting to Step

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

The "Export wires" option works with 3D sketches not 2D sketch features.

Re: Including Sketches/Curves when Exporting to Step

Builder
Builder

I have my seat of Creo set up to export curve geometry like single line text in step format...

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This allows the CAM programmer to use the sketches in Delcam or NX as center lines for cutter paths instead of trying to carve out a block text feature.  The shape of the cutter creates the profile of the text feature (depth/draft/etc.).

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Solid Edge only uses True Type fonts that are not single line.  I created polylines from Autocad text and importing it to a sketch in Solid Edge, but it didn't transfer to step.

 

Does anyone know if there's a better workaround?  I'm not sure what Matt meant regarding surfacing.  Maybe NX CAM has engraving options that will solve all my problems.

 

Thanks.