CNCSimulator Pro

user guide

12.2.36. Import and Export


DXF Files

From the File menu, you can import and export DXF files.
When you import DXF files, they will become drawing lines, arcs, and circles in SimCam. These can then be used to create contours for various operations.
Let's import a sample DXF File.
In the Samples\ DXF file folder, there is a lathe.dxf and a mill.dxf file. We click File - Import/ Export - Import DXF and select the one for milling.
We can now easily make a contour of the guides by clicking [CAM] - [Contour] in the context menu.
We can also go the other way around by exporting SimCam contours to a DXF file. For example, if you want to make a drawing in another CAD program from a SimCam document.
When you select the Export function, you will be asked to select the preferred DXF format.
If you are not sure which format works with your CAD software, experiment by selecting the first one in the list, going to the second one (if the first one fails) and so on. You should be able to find a format that you can import into your CAD software.
Please note that dimensions are not supported by the import and export functions. Add them after you have imported or exported a file.

SVG Files

You can also import SVG files from the same menu.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics. You can find many of these files for free online.
A common use of these files is to use the [Engrave] function in the CAM context menu.
You can also import existing SimCam files into your current document.
The last function in the menu lets you export simulated toolpaths to a DXF file.