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Export DXF Or DWG With Options - SOLIDWORKS PowerPack

The Export DXF or DWG with Options Generation Task will create a DXF or DWG file from a SOLIDWORKS part.

This can either be from a sheet metal flat pattern or via annotation views.


Property NameDescription
(Name)The unique name for this task.
File ExtensionThe extension to save the final file (DXF or DWG)
File FolderPath to the folder to save the file (leave blank to use the same folder as the part)
File NameThe name the file will be saved as (will have the view name appended if using Annotation Views and not saving to a single file)
OverwriteTRUE to overwrite the file if it exists, FALSE to leave the original (only applies when exporting to a single file)
Export to Single FileTRUE to Export to a single file or FALSE to export the views to separate files.
Export TypeThe type of export to perform. Either SheetMetal for the flat pattern or AnnotationViews for part views.
Options - Annotation Views
View NamesA pipbar delimited list of the views names to export. Leave empty to export the current, * to export all.

NOTE: If custom views exist with the same name as standard views, standard views will require a * prefix (for example *Top).

Options - Sheet Metal
Export Bend LinesTRUE to export Sheet Metal with bend lines, FALSE to not export them
Export Bounding BoxTRUE to export Sheet Metal with bounding box, FALSE to not export it
Export Flat Pattern GeometryTRUE to use Flat Pattern, False to not
Export Forming ToolsTRUE to export Sheet Metal with Forming Tools, FALSE to not export them
Export Hidden EdgesTRUE to export Sheet Metal with Hidden Edges, FALSE to not export them
Export Library FeatureTRUE to export Sheet Metal with Library features, FALSE to not export them
Export SketchesTRUE to export Sheet Metal with Sketches, FALSE to not export them
Merge Coplanar FacesTRUE to Merge Coplanar faces, FALSE to not merge them

Some options will require Flat Pattern to be set to TRUE.

The behavior will mimic SOLIDWORKS, if unsure step through the process manually.


When this task is added the properties are static by default.
See How To: Change A Static Property To A Dynamic Property to enable rules to be built on these properties.

Property NameExample RuleExample ResultMeaning
File ExtensiondwgDWGWill export the final file(s) as .DWG
File FolderWill save the export in the generated part folder.
File NameWill export the file with the same name as the part it was exported from.
OverwriteFALSEFALSEWill not overwrite an existing file.
Export To Single FileFALSEFALSEWill export the views to separate files with view names appended
Export TypeSheetMetalSheetMetalWill export the part as a sheet metal view.
View Names"*Top|Short|Box Cut|Front"*Top|Short|Box Cut|FrontWill export the standard Top view. And the custom views Short, Box Cut and Front.
Export Bend LinesFALSEFALSEWill not export bend lines.
Export Bounding BoxFALSEFALSEWill not export the bounding box.
Export Flat Pattern GeometryFALSEFALSEWill not export flat pattern geometry.
Export Forming ToolsTRUETRUEWill export the sheet metal with any forming tool geometry.
Export Hidden EdgesFALSEFALSEWill ignore any edges that cannot be seen in the flat pattern orientation.
Export Library FeaturesFALSEFALSEWill not export library features.
Export SketchesFALSEFALSEWill not export sketches.
Merge Coplanar FacesFALSEFALSEWill not export coplanar faces.

Generation Sequence

This Task can be added to SOLIDWORKS Parts in the following Generation Sequence(s):

  • Pre Drive (will be run before the Main Drive Sequence)
  • Post Drive (will be run after the Main Drive Sequence)