Only components designed in the "Sheet Metal" environment [or *.Par files converted to] can be saved as a DXF, using the flat pattern process,...but otherwise, you'd need to make a "Draft" file, orient a view for the face required, and save as DXF.
Make certain the view is placed at 1:1. >or< RMB on the scaled view, select "Draw In View", then save as DXF. [is sure way to be at model size]
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP5] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000
"I design my parts in 3d. When using SolidWorks, I can export a face as a DXF file, and use that for laser cutting or other machining of 2.5D parts. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to export SolidEdge views as a DXF.
Can this be done?"
A free macro that does exactly this is avaiable here:
If you can create a view that shows the face you want then this should work
Step 1: make the view that you want in a draft
Step 2: right click the draft and go to draw in view
Step 3: click the application button - Save As - Save As Translated
Step 4: pick your file type as dxf
Hope this helps
The discussion so far calls for a clarity between exporting a face and exporting a drawing view.
For this model
exporting the top view would create a DXF like this:
and exporting just the picked face would create a DXF like this:
You must decide what the cutting machine wants to see being fed to it.
Whereas there is a facility to export a view to DXF from within Solid Edge, no macro is required unless someone wants to simply automate the workflow.
A macro is required to export just a face since this feature is not available in SE.
This was the most challenging of macros that I've ever written.
It involved extracting all edge data of the selected face, especially deciphering arc data - start angles and end angles involving determination of clockwise and anto-clockwise directions and then mapping that information to the requirements of DXF codes which follow an altogether different convention for arcs.