Snappy DXF is a very nifty application for Autodesk Inventor users who are spending quite some time on creating DXF files. Snappy DXF can cut the time spent on creating DXF file by at least 80%. If you spend on average about a minute per DXF file, you should REALLY be considering trying Snappy DXF today.

Snappy DXF works with all Autodesk Inventor versions from 2013 and above and can export any part file or sheet metal file into a DXF file.

SnappyDXF by 3D Norm

 The way Snappy DXF works:

  1. You open a drawing file or multiple drawings files with the detailed items
  2. You select the views you want the DXF files for
  3. You add the selected views to SnappyDXF
  4. SnappyDXF creates a new drawing file with:
    • each of your selected views (parts) on a separate sheet
    • no dimensions on the sheet
    • option: bend lines hidden or shown
    • each sheet renamed to the Part Name of the view on the sheet
    • the view set to scale 1:1, ‘Hidden Line Removed’, Thread Features turned off
    • under the view the information that needs to be present (optional)
  5. This new drawing file can be checked, saved or printed for your records
  6. Select or create a folder where the DXF files will be saved to
  7. Provide a file prefix
  8. SnappyDXF will generate the DXF files
  9. Done!

If the following or similar steps look familiar to you, you should consider trying Snappy DXF today:

  1. Open your DXF Template file (or new drawing file)
  2. Open the drawing file of the parts you want to the DXF files for
  3. Select a view and copy it onto the DXF Template sheet
  4. Delete all dimensions and hide bend lines (if required)
  5. Edit the view: Scale 1:1, ‘Hidden Line Removed’, Thread Features turned of
  6. Move the view to a decent position
  7. Go back to the drawing sheet and copy the name of the part from the BOM
  8. Go back to the DXF Template sheet and rename it
  9. Add a new DXF Template sheet
  10. Go back to the drawing sheet if not done yet
  11. Repeat steps 3 to 10 until done
  12. Go to the button ‘Save Copy As’ and click it
  13. Select or create a folder where the DXF files will be saved to
  14. Provide a file prefix
  15. Autodesk Inventor will generate the DXF files
  16. Done

If the one following sounds familiar to you, you should consider trying Snappy DXF today:

  • It takes too long to create DXF files
  • The scale of the DXF file was wrong
  • Hidden lines have not been removed
  • Thread lines have not been removed
  • The back side is required, create 2 new views
  • The part has been made twice the required quantity(*)
  • Information from BOM on the DXF sheet is missing
  • Sheet name(s) have not been renamed
  • Not all DXF files have been created

Let’s say that you have a drawing file open and you have 10 different views (parts) to convert to DXF files. Following the traditional procedure this job of creating 10 DXF files takes on average 1 minute per created DXF file, 10 minutes. It does not matter how many views there are on a single drawing sheet. With SnappyDXF this time is cut to an average of 5 seconds per created DXF file. All those views can be selected in 1 session (using the ‘Ctrl’ key) and added to the ‘List of Selected Parts’ with 1 click in Snappy DXF. It will take less than a minute to create these 10 DXF files with Snappy DXF. A time saver of 90%(!). A job that requires the creation of 20 DXF files can be done within 70 seconds using Snappy DXF, a time saver of almost 95%(!).

Besides saving a lot of time the other advantages of using Snappy DXF are: The DXF files will be clean for the machines to read and there will be no double items in the session.

(*) The issue of parts being made twice the quantity or even triple can occur when the same part is found on multiple drawing sheets of drawing files. 3D Norm has finalised a new application called Snappy Checker which checks the Main Assembly against all its related drawings. Snappy Checker will eliminate the issue of having parts on multiple sheets.

Save time and money by trying Snappy DXF today.