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DXF export causing issues with Fusion360

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Marsh Lane

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Hi Martin,
This *MAY* not be anything to do with Templot, but as I know you've been doing a lot on the export and DXF side of things for the Plug track I thought id mention it.

I have designed a small narrow gauge layout for a friend, having got everything how he wants it, I have exported the DXF from Templot as I have done previously then gone to import it into Fusion360. The import process is two parts, the first gives you a rough outline of the shape (and I can see the Templot shapes outline and track work outlines fine) from which you have the ability to position it before committing which is Phase 2. When I commit it, Fusion360 crashes every time, after just locking up for 5-10 minutes and 'Not Responding'.

I have pulled an older DXF file into Templot and that is slow importing but does work fine. Its been exported from the latest version (I updated my software yesterday) and am just wondering if anything within the DXF file make up could have got changed in relation to your recent work at all? Like I say, it may well be Fusion360 thats at fault, but I thought I'd flag it up.
Rich
 
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Hi Rich,

Are you exporting a 2D or 3D DXF?

I've never tried importing into Fusion 360, I will try it and see. I normally use TurboCAD for my CAD stuff.

p.s. For plug track you don't need any CAD -- the STL file should be ready to print (after an online mesh repair).

cheers,

Martin.
 
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Marsh Lane

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Hi Rich,

Are you exporting a 2D or 3D DXF?

I've never tried importing into Fusion 360, I will try it and see. I normally use TurboCAD for my CAD stuff.

cheers,

Martin.

Hi @Martin Wynne
2D export, to give me the outlines in Fusion to create the baseboards and cross members. You kindly gave me advice early this year on how to do and its worked fine a couple of times over the summer when I have run out ideas and thoughts. This time just seems to be hitting an issue somewhere.
Rich
 
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Marsh Lane

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Martin - I am now thinking its a Windows Fusion issue. I had an idea about trying it on the Mac, and have just powered up Fusion360 on my iMac, sent the DXF file over the network and tried to import it through that and while its still importing, I have got further along in the process on the Mac and the programme responding all the time, plus the DXF contents have now come up on screen, which makes me think something in the Fusion codebase is causing the problem and its nothing to do with Templot.
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Hi Rich,

Thanks. I have tried to open my Fusion 360 but since I installed it I have changed from Windows10 to Windows11. Consequently Fusion 360 has crashed up totally. It looks like I shall have to reinstall the whole thing from the beginning -- if I remember that requires jumping through about 27 hoops to get the free version. I didn't like it one bit in the first place -- which is why I use TurboCAD.

Instead of a DXF have you tried importing an EMF file?

export_emf.png


Before exporting be sure to set the boundary rectangle option and draw it well clear of everything you want to include in the EMF.

Make a note of the boundary dimensions (click set... button to see co-ords, subtract to find width and height), and use them to set the size in your CAD.

p.s. if you want only 2D there are lots of other free 2D CAD programs.

cheers,

Martin.
 
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@Marsh Lane

Hi Rich,

Thanks. I have tried to open my Fusion 360 but since I installed it I have changed from Windows10 to Windows11. Consequently Fusion 360 has crashed up totally. It looks like I shall have to reinstall the whole thing from the beginning -- if I remember that requires jumping through about 27 hoops to get the free version. I didn't like it one bit in the first place -- which is why I use TurboCAD.

Instead of a DXF have you tried importing an EMF file?

Before exporting be sure to set the boundary rectangle option and draw it well clear of everything you want to include in the EMF.

Make a note of the boundary dimensions (click set... button to see co-ords, subtract to find width and height), and use them to set the size in your CAD.

p.s. if you want only 2D there are lots of other free 2D CAD programs.

cheers,

Martin.

Martin,
Thanks for that, no I hadn't tried EMF, to be honest I hadn't heard of the format before you mentioned it! I'll give that a try on the PC. A good friend who does CAD design for a living taught me how to do CAD using Fusion360 and I have just stayed with it, as I have got into designing 3D buildings. I also find it helpful to design the baseboards in 3D then converted to 2D drawings for cutting. Had some good success with that method!
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@Marsh Lane

p.s. Rich. Inkscape (free) makes a good job of opening 2D DXF files from Templot: https://inkscape.org

You may be able to export them again in a DXF or other format which Fusion 360 will accept.

Martin.
 
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Martin,
Could you possibly cast your eye over the attached DXF and check that all looks ok with it at your end? It did crash Fusion on the iMac in the end as well. I've opened it in DWG TrueView and that looks fine, so im sure its a Fusion issue, but just incase im missing something?
Rich
 

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@Marsh Lane

Hi Rich,

Checking all through a DXF is a marathon task!

It opens fine in TurboCAD, like this:

rich_dxf_test.png


I have exported it again from TurboCAD in DWG format, which might make Fusion 360 happier. Attached below. :)

cheers,

Martin.
 

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Marsh Lane

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Thanks Martin, apologies I actually meant would you load it into your Turbocad to check it, I didn't mean to suggest checking the file line by line - apologies if thats how it came over. I have now got my DXF into Fusion360, by doing an upload to a project and that worked fine in about 45 seconds. So the Insert DXF function is obviously not working in Fusion!

Sorry for taking your time up this evening.
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