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itsjustmetal
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separating parts in a multipart DXF

Postby itsjustmetal » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:31 am

Hey guys we just picked up a plasma cutter (Arclight ArcMax) and getting introduced to Sheetcam. I have been watching tutorials and trying to figure out where to look or what to look for in regards to what I am trying to achieve. I have a dxf file that has 5 parts that are all rectangles but different lengths and widths. I am curious is there a way to separate each part individually so I can array and rotate each one individually to best fit the sheet with out creating a dxf file for each part?

I imported the drawing with all 5 parts and tried saving each part to new layers but when I rotate one it rotates all of the parts even when one layer is selected. Also when I array it arrays as if all the parts are there. I'm hoping I don't have to save each individual part but maybe that is what I have to do and just looking for some advice from those who are well versed in this.

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Re: separating parts in a multipart DXF

Postby Les Newell » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:40 am

Load your drawing then right-click in the 'Parts' window and select 'break up manually nested drawing'. That will break the drawing into individual parts. I would suggest setting up the cut operations first. That way they will be copied to each part as the drawing is broken up.

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Re: separating parts in a multipart DXF

Postby itsjustmetal » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:08 am

:D AWESOME!! Thank you very much, I knew there had to be an easy way to do it haha.

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Re: separating parts in a multipart DXF

Postby itsjustmetal » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:36 pm

One other question. Lets say I am arraying parts and I have 4 parts I need to cut with a quanity of 40 each. Lets say 40 of two of the parts fit on one sheet, and I need to cut the other 2 parts Is there a way to set up a sheet with the remainder of parts or do I need to make a second file for those?

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Re: separating parts in a multipart DXF

Postby Les Newell » Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:41 am

Unfortunately you need a second file for the seconds sheet.

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Re: separating parts in a multipart DXF

Postby SeanP » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:03 am

I just move another sheets parts across to one side, then add the additional parts to the sheet area.
That makes it much easier keeping track of part numbers and keeps operations consistent, works well for me.

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