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23 Apr 2020 21:18 #165306 by motal2004
DXF to g code was created by motal2004
Hi PEEPS,

While I am waiting for my replacement parts for my cnc plasma table build, driver and mesa board, I figured I would start looking at the next step of how to start cutting. I've been the on the forums reading and searching the last couple of hours, on and off, trying to find the simplest way to take my Solidworks design, (parts, plates, brackets ect...) DFX files and get them in to linuxcnc to start cutting metal. Yes, I did a search but man a lot not really specific to my question, some is 2-3 years old. I don’t know if its relevant in 2020.
Any insight is greatly be appreciated. Thank you.
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23 Apr 2020 21:51 #165310 by rodw
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Easy as with Solidworks. File save as .DXF
There are some options you can select.

My workflow is save as DXF, import into sheetcam, nest and arrange parts then generate Gcode load into Linuxcnc and cut

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23 Apr 2020 22:12 #165315 by motal2004
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Easy as with Solidworks. File save as .DXF
There are some options you can select.

My workflow is save as DXF, import into sheetcam, nest and arrange parts then generate Gcode load into Linuxcnc and cut


I like it plain and simple. I will look in to sheetcam. Thanks
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23 Apr 2020 22:12 #165316 by tommylight
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If you plan on using PlasmaC, as it is the latest and greatest in plasma cnc machine control, then using SheetCAM would be preferable as it also has materials and torches can be set up and other stuff that makes life a lot easier on the long run.
It has a free version for Win and Linux, but the paid version is also worth every penny. I never used it besides testing it from time to time, so i have no affiliation with it. I use Inkscape that can be easily installed on any Linux or win PC, it is free and it has gcodetools included, it does a nice job for plasma as all of my clients use it daily on their machines. Nesting is a bit tricky.
Both of them can import 2D DXF files.
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24 Apr 2020 04:19 #165348 by rodw
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Just to recap, there is a Sheetcam postprocessor for Plasmac. I save a DXF and upload to Google Drive (in the absence of a network) from the office or home, then on my Linuxcnc box I pull the file down and nest in Sheetcam then generate the Gcode


As Tommy says, its a bit hard to get your head around but when you do, its very quick and powerful
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