DXF translation is easy to do and the dxf file can be opened by AutoCADR, Draftsight, Alibre, and other programs that will read the DXF file.  In the Cam Drawing follow these instructions for saving the DXF file of the cam.

1.The cam drawing is made up of a origin triad (called axis icon), lines, arcs (circles), BSplines and text.  The surface of the cam is a series of lines at each increment of the cam where the follower and cam surface are in contact.  Each end of these lines are points on a BSpline curve that make up the edges of the cam surface.  In the 3D version of the cam with wireframe lines turned on, these lines will be shown and then translated in the DXF file.

2.Everything that is visible on the screen will be translated in the DXF file; therefore, turn off anything you don't want to have in the DXF file and subsequent drawing.

3.For 2D cams such as plate and linear, turn off Origin (1).

4.Toggle 8 to 2D

5.Toggle Wire Frame Lines to Off.

6.From the File menu item select Export/DXF/BSplines and Arcs

7.Select the folder to save the DXF file to.

8.The name of the file will be the name of the Geometry.  If you want a different name type it in to the File Name.  The extension will be .dxf.

9.Click Save and then open it in a CAD program that opens dxf files.  Also you can watch this video to see how it is done.

 

Origin On/Off (Axis Icon)

This can be toggled on and off

 

Grid Snap

Click to place a grid on the drawing to snap to

 

Not Used

 

 

Wire Frame Lines On/Off

Toggles the lines on the surface of the cam on and off

 

Rotation of the Origin

Rotation of the drawing about each axis

 

Animation Controls

Rotates the cam about the Z axis incrementally and automatically.

 

Snap

Not used

 

Toggle 3D/2D

Toggle the drawing to 3D and 2D