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Exporting is the process of converting a design into another file format. You can export an eMachineShop CAD file to a few other formats. For example, you might need to export a drawing to DXF format.

To export a design file from eMachineShop:
  1. Choose the file already open or choose File | Open and select a file to export.
  2. Choose File | Export. A dialog appears.
  3. Locate the folder you want to export to.
  4. Select the appropriate check boxes:
    • Scale Indicator – Includes a scaling reference box
    • Bend lines – Exports any bend lines
    • Bend Angles – Exports bend angles if any bend lines
    • Tap lines – Exports any tapping lines
    • Tap Sizes – Exports any tapping specs
    • Comments – Exports any comments
    • Selected Only – Exports only selected lines if a selection is active
    • All Views – Exports all views if more than one is present

  5. Select one of the supported formats:
    • DXF (AutoCAD R12/LT12) format for a 2D export
    • .iges or .stl for 3D export (feature is in beta and not fully operational).
  1. Click Export.

In case of difficulty exporting to DXF, IGEs or STEP consider:

  • removing lines from design one by one to isolate the problem.
  • using Job | Analyze first and resolve any warnings.
  • removing overlapping or intersecting lines.
  • structure your eMachineShop CAD approach by adding shapes onto a base if possible instead of creating recesses in a larger block.
  • for designs previously imported, change regions consisting of small straight line segments and arcs into regions with larger segments and circles where possible.

In case of difficulty exporting to STL try these techniques:

  • When one line shape is partly co-linear with another, try moving the smaller shape away from the other one by a small distance or using the Line | Contour feature to expand or contract the line a small amount and delete the original line.
  • You might need to remove near edge chamfer (bevel) or round  settings.
  • When a contour has splines, if the splines are not considered closed, try using Line | Convert Splines To Arcs.
  • When a contour has many small segments, try using Line | Simplify.
  • Remove thread and bend lines.
  • When the shape of a part is primarily a turned shape (like a chess pawn) but is not designed with the Revolve feature, try Tools | Convert To Revolve.
  • When a contour has arc to arc connections, try adding a small straight segment between the arcs. 
  • Consider making a copy of the design file and removing some features to isolate the problem.

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