New OpenBOM Feature for Solidworks Boosts Productivity through Automatic DXF Flat Pattern Creation

Oleg Shilovitsky
Oleg Shilovitsky
11 July, 2023 | 2 min for reading
New OpenBOM Feature for Solidworks Boosts Productivity through Automatic DXF Flat Pattern Creation

I’m super excited to share some news about OpenBOM’s new feature that extends integrations with SolidWorks – enabling the automatic generation of DXF flatten pattern for drawings for SolidWorks sheet metal models. This feature is set to overhaul the process of Solidworks to BOM and contractors integration, enhancing the efficiency of engineers and streamlining data flow to sheet metal contractors.

Automatic DXF Creation and Saving Engineers’ Time

DXF files have been a vital format in the engineering and manufacturing industry, allowing seamless information flow.  Historically, DXF creation has been a manual process, often a cumbersome task that takes a considerable amount of engineers’ time.

The automation of this task is a game-changer for engineers to make the process seamless and allow data to also be generated and shared automatically. The new OpenBOM feature generates DXF files from SolidWorks models in a split second, saving valuable time and allowing engineers to focus on more crucial tasks. This feature comes at a crucial time when businesses are seeking ways to streamline operations and enhance productivity.

Seamless Data Flow from Engineers to Sheet Metal Contractors

By automating the generation of DXF drawings, OpenBOM has also optimized the data exchange process between engineers and sheet metal contractors. Traditionally, engineers had to create the DXF files manually, which were then transferred to the contractors. Any changes in design would necessitate a new round of this process, causing delays.

With OpenBOM’s new feature, these files are automatically generated and updated, ready to be accessed by sheet metal contractors. This makes the data flow seamless and ensures the contractors always have the latest DXF files. This streamlined process not only saves time but also reduces the potential for human errors, leading to better end products.

Video Demonstration

Please watch the demo of the new feature. 


The introduction of the automatic generation of flat DXF drawings by OpenBOM for SolidWorks sheet metal models is a significant advancement in the field of seamless data transfer and OpenBOM Solidworks integration. It demonstrates OpenBOM’s focus on providing solutions that enhance productivity and improve the quality of output through seamless data exchange and superior data management.

By bridging the gap between engineers and sheet metal contractors and offering real-time updates in DXF files, OpenBOM ensures a smoother, more efficient workflow. The engineering and manufacturing industry is set to benefit immensely from this feature, reducing turnaround time and enhancing the overall quality of products.

This is just one of the many ways OpenBOM continues to innovate and provide practical, time-saving solutions that revolutionize data management and exchange in the industry.

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Best, Oleg

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