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DXF files.

Postby helensdad » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:47 pm

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Hi all, I am trying to open a DXF file of a model boat which has been set out as a series of A4 size sections. When I try and load it into Cut2D it is tiny and seems to slow the program right down and won't let me rescale any of the sections. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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Re: DXF files.

Postby SteveNelson46 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:53 pm

Open a new project that is 105" by 55". Then import. Works in Aspire. Don't know about Cut2D
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Re: DXF files.

Postby garylmast » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:01 pm

If it's tiny, your job setup is in inches and the dxf file is in millimeters. Go into job setup and change it to mm then import the file. After you imported the file, you can go back into Job setup and change back to inches and it will automatically resize everything.

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Re: DXF files.

Postby helensdad » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:10 pm

Many thanks. How will I cut it into suitable sizes for my machine without losing the correct scale?
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Re: DXF files.

Postby Rcnewcomb » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:07 pm

How will I cut it into suitable sizes for my machine without losing the correct scale?


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Re: DXF files.

Postby garylmast » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:35 pm

Many thanks. How will I cut it into suitable sizes for my machine without losing the correct scale?


Change the job setup to mm BEFORE you import the file. Should be no reason to lose the proper scale. IF you want to work in inches, AFTER you import it, go back into job setup and change back to inches. It will automatically scale to the correct size.

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Re: DXF files.

Postby TReischl » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:44 pm

Since you are probably not building a full size PT boat with machine guns and torpedoes I figure the dimensions are in inches.

That drawing is going to be a lot of work.

First thing I would do is make a copy and then remove all the lettering, that will reduce the file size a lot and make it easier to deal with. Then I would export each group (they are actually arranged on "sheets" already) as a separate file. After that it will get a lot easier. I notice that most of the vectors are not closed so you will need to use the join tool.

There is also some overlapping geometry that you will have to find and get rid of.

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