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DXF problem

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Hi Mike,

Welcome to Templot Club. :)

Please can you explain your problem? What error messages do you see when trying to export DXF files?

Are you trying to export 2-D or 3-D files?

I just tested a 2-D export to DXF from Templot 235a and opened it in a CAD program without any problems.

Anyone else seeing problems?

cheers,

Martin.
 
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Just managed to export a 2D DXF file from Templot 2.35a, and then open it successfully in Inkscape. All layers present as expected.
On this pc I am running Windows 8.1
No error messages.

What operating system are you running under?
If windows and you can see the .DXF file , can you open it in Notepad?
 
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p.s. Mike,

Just to add that if you want a 3-D DXF, you need to change this option to DXF or both:

dxf_for_cad.png


If you forget and leave it on STL you will still get a default DXF -- you can find it at:

C:\TEMPLOT_DEV\internal\dxf\dummy.dxf

cheers,

Martin.
 
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@Mike183

Hi Mike,

Welcome to Templot Club. :)

Please can you explain your problem? What error messages do you see when trying to export DXF files?

Are you trying to export 2-D or 3-D files?

I just tested a 2-D export to DXF from Templot 235a and opened it in a CAD program without any problems.

Anyone else seeing problems?

cheers,

Martin.
Hi Martin
Trying to export dxf stl after going into output drop down but when i try to do this i get error mesage
Unable to create DXF STL Files
Please check the file and folder name and this file is not in use by another Application
If saving to floppy disc please check that it is not write protected DXF files are much larger than templote box files a larger drawing
may have exseeded the capacity of floppy disc
no im not tring to save to floppy disc and this did not happen untill last update
Thanks Mike
 
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@Mike183

Hi Mike,

Thanks for replying.

Just a hint there of the age of Templot! I doubt many Templot users are still using floppy disks. :) I must go through the code and update some of those original texts from 23 years ago.

Are you exporting 2-D or 3-D files? There is no difference in the 2-D export from previous versions. The most likely explanation is that you are re-using a file name which is currently open in your laser-cutting CAD program or some other program. Try closing other programs or saving to a different file name.

If still no joy, try restarting Templot, or restarting Windows.

cheers,

Martin.
 
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@Mike183

Hi Mike,

If you are laser-cutting timbers, have you tried some of the latest DXF options?

You can use sprues to link the timbers instead of webs under the rails. These are much easier to remove after assembly or tracklaying, without damaging the track:

sprues_3d_brick.png


sprues_2d_brick.png


I believe the green colour causes the laser cutting software to treat the lines as external edges.

You can set a kerf width adjustment which causes Templot to increase the timber sizes fractionally to allow for the cutter kerf, for an accurate result. (This isn't necessary if your laser software does this automatically.)

Here are some of the settings to click on the DXF dialog:

sprues_2d_brick_dxf.png


Note that at present, sprues are available only if you set the template as a brick template and match the brick colour above. I may look at changing that for 2-D exports.

Removing webs from below the rails risks damaging the track as the knife blade forces the timbers apart. Webs below the rails also make it difficult to add ballast, and prevent replicating the characteristic daylight below the rails for bullhead track:


index.php


Hence the preference for sprues on the timber ends. Easily trimmed flush with Xuron-type rail cutters. But as far as I know all commercial suppliers of laser-cut timbering bases are still using webs below the rails.

cheers,

Martin.
 
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