With rising customization in furniture design, manufacturing and cutting sheet metal becomes cumbersome. To eliminate repetitive tool setting – essentially a time consuming task – the client needed a custom solution that can open the complete assembly and save DXF files with custom properties.
Automated DXF file creation from CAD models by developing SolidWorks macro.
The US based furniture manufacturer contacted Hitech seeking resolution for lengthy and error prone DXF file generation process. The automation team studies the existing standard process at the client’s facility and internal request flow from design to manufacturing. The study suggested a scope to implement automation by developing custom macros for SolidWorks.
The macro, .swp files, was created to work in SolidWorks and Unsupress all the bends into flat pattern to enable creation of DXF files for automatic cutting of sheet metal used in the furniture.
By creating custom SolidWorks macro the client achieved: