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DSTV to DXF Converter

Last updated July 3, 2018 by Steel Extensions tekla.extensions-steel@trimble.com

Software version: 
Not version-specific
Environment: 
Default

DSTV to DXF Converter

Contents

Purpose and description
System requirements
Installing DSTV to DXF Converter
Using DSTV to DXF Converter
General tab
Environment tab
Text Specifications tab
Misc Layers tab
Hole Layers tab
Slotted Hole Layers tab

Purpose and description

Use DSTV to DXF Converter to convert DSTV files to DXF format files.

System requirements

Tekla Structures version: 2018
Environments: All

Installing DSTV to DXF Converter

To install the extension:

  1. Download the DSTVtoDXFConverter installer package from Tekla Warehouseservice for collaboration and for storing and sharing Tekla Structures content

    In Tekla Warehouse the content items are stored in collections. Tekla Warehouse includes the Tekla Warehouse Service and the Tekla Warehouse web site.

    Tekla Warehouse is one of the Tekla online services.

    . For more information see Downloading an application from Tekla Warehouse.
  2. Install the file package.

Using DSTV to DXF Converter

To use the application:

  1. Open a Tekla model
  2. Click the Applications & components button  in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

    .
  3. Search for DSTVtoDXFConverterand then double-click to open it.
  4. The DSTV to DXF Converter dialog will open.

General tab


Field Description
(1) Attribute file - the properties file location
(2) Browse attribute file button - browse the location for the attribute file (DSTVtoDXFConverter.xml or def file)
(3) Load button - loads the currently selected attribute file into the fields
(4) Save button - saves the attribute file (xml format with DSTVtoDXFConverter.xml extension)
(5) General tab - contains the general properties
(6) Environment tab - contains the environment specific properties
(7) Text Specifications tab - contains the text related properties
(8) Misc Layers tab - contains the miscellaneous related properties
(9) Hole Layers tab - contains the holes properties
(10) Slotted Hole Layers tab - contains the slotted holes properties
(11) Output Folder - the output folder path
(12) Browse output folder - browse the location of the output folder. If empty the default value is the current model folder in the NC_dxf
(13) Add button - add DSTV files from one or multiple locations
(14) Remove button - remove one or multiple selected DSTV files from list
(15) Clear All - clear all the DSTV files that were added to the list
(16) The list with the added DSTV files
(17) Convert button - converts the DSTV files to DXF files
(18) Open Output Folder button - opens the folder containing the converted DXF files
(19) Close - closes the application

Environment tab

Field Description Default
(1) Include shop data section - Specify whether to include a special data section in the DXF file to allow the DXF file to be better imported into CNC software written by Shop Data Systems. Including this special data section in the DXF file makes the DXF file unreadable by AutoCAD
Options: Yes, No
No
(2) No input file extension in output file - Used to add or not the input file extension to the output file.
Options:
  • Yes: p1001.dxf
  • No: p1001.nc1.dxf
Yes
(3) Draw crosshairs - choose to draw or not crosshair for holes and slotted holes.
Options:
  • Holes: 

  • Long holes:

  • Both:

  • None:

Holes
(4) Side to convert - define which part face is shown in the DXF file. 
Options: Front, Top, Back, Below.
For plates, if back option is chosen it requires that the NC files are created with the advanced option XS_DSTV_WRITE_BEHIND_FACE_FOR_PLATE set to TRUE, which will include the back side data of a plate in the NC file.
Front
(5) Output contour as - convert contours as polylines or lines and arcs. 
Options: Polylines and Lines and arcs
Polylines
(6) Contour direction - Define the contour direction. This option changes the coordinates of the vertices, and their order in the DXF file. 
Options: Reverse (clockwise) and forward (couter-clockwise).
Reverse
(7) Convert holes to polylines - convert holes to polylines
Options: Yes and No
No
(8) Maximum diameter for holes converted to points - holes with a diameter smaller than this value will be converted to points and follow Hole point style (9) and Hole point size (10) settings. 10.00 mm
(9) Hole point style - set the style for hole points
Hole point styles:

 
33
(10) Hole point size 1.000 mm
(11) Scale DSTV by - used to scale the values from DSTV file.
  • 1.00000 for metric units
  • 0.03937 for imperial units
1.00000 mm
(12) Add outer contour roundings - add holes to roundings.
This only affects the roundings that are created using the Inner corner shape = 1 setting in the NC File Settings dialog box on the Holes and Cuts tab. The hole size information is coming to the DSTV file from the Radius value in the NC File Settings dialog box, and it cannot be adjusted in the DSTV to DXF Converter.
Options:
  • Yes

  • No

 
No
(13) Minimum material between holes - define how close the holes can be to each other in slotted hole conversion 2.000
mm
(14) Hardstamp for contour marking - this option enables/disables the conversion of the hard stamp created when the NC Files Settings ⇒ Contour marking settings ⇒ Hard stamp option is set to Yes No
(15) Number of decimals - sets the number of the decimals for values in the DXF file  3

Text Specifications tab

Field Description Default
(1) Text option - choose to use the manual text options defined from (8) to (21) or use the hardstamp from the NC file.
Options: 
  • Manual: please see details at (8) ⇒ (21)
  • From NC file: all the fields from this tab will be disabled and it will use the information defined in the DSTV file.

Manual
(2) Text placing - place the text manually or let the application find out a suitable place for it.
Options:
  • Fixed: the user set the X and Y coordinates of the point that represents the lower-left corner of the last line of text from the origin point <0,0> of the DXF file.
  • Automatic: if this option is selected the text positioning will be placed automatically and take into consideration the collision with outer/internal contours, holes and contour marking, if no suitable position was found the default value will be used (30, 30); this option will disable the fields for X and Y coordinates: 
 
(3) X - the X coordinate for text positioning 30.000 mm
(4) Y - the Y coordinate for text positioning 30.000 mm
(5) Text height - the text height 10.00 mm
(6) Text lines alignment - write the text options in separate or combined lines.
Options:
  • Separate lines - each text option is written on separate line 
  • Project number and part mark separate, others combined
  • All into one line - all text options are concatenated in one line

When selecting one of the last two options the prefixes will be automatically removed but they can be added back and work as for the first option.

Project number and part mark separate, others combined
(7) Separator symbol - the separator used for the text options if using one of the combined text alignment (Project number and part mark separate, all into one line from option (6); you can use more than one character +
(8) Project number switch - enables/disables the project number from converted text options; if turned off the project number text box (9) will be disabled 
(9) Project number prefix - the prefix for project number. The whitespaces will be taken into consideration, too. Project number: 
(10) Part mark switch - enables/disables the part mark from converted text options; if turned off the part mark text box (11) will be disabled
(11) Part mark prefix - the prefix for part mark. The whitespaces will be taken into consideration, too. Part:
(12) Side mark - enables/disables the side mark from converted text options; if turned off the side mark text box (13) will be disabled
(13) Side mark prefix - the prefix for the side mark. The whitespaces will be taken into consideration, too. Side:
(14) Material - enables/disables the material from converted text options; if turned off the material text box (15) will be disabled
(15) Material prefix - the prefix for the material. The whitespaces will be taken into consideration, too. Material:
(16) Quantity - enables/disables the quantity from converted text options; if turned off the quantity text box (17) will be disabled  
(17) Quantity prefix - the prefix for quantity. The whitespaces will be taken into consideration, too. Quantity:
(18) Thickness - enables/disables the thickness from converted text options; if turned off the quantity text box (19) will be disabled
(19) Thickness prefix - the prefix for thickness. The whitespaces will be taken into consideration, too. Thickness:
(20) Profile description - enables/disables the profile description from converted text options; if turned off the profile description text box (21) will be disabled
(21) Profile description prefix - the prefix for profile description. The whitespaces will be taken into consideration, too. Desc:

Misc Layers tab

Field Description Default
(1) Part mark layer name SCRIBE
(2) Part mark layer color 3 (green)
(3) Phantom layer name LAYOUT
(4) Phantom layer color 4 (cyan)
(5) Near side pop-mark layer name NS_POP_MARK
(6) Near side pop-mark layer color 5 (blue)
(7) Near side pop-mark type
Options:
  • pop circle
  • pop point
pop circle
(8) Near side pop-mark diameter 2.000 mm
(9) Far side pop-mark layer name FS_POP_MARK
(10) Far side pop-mark layer color 6 (magenta)
(11) Far side pop-mark diameter. This value must correspond with Hole diameter field from NC Files ⇒ Pop-Mark Settings ⇒ Pop-marks on the back ⇒ Drill through pop-marks on the back if no other items on the back 1.000 mm
(12) Far side pop-mark type
Options:
  • pop circle
  • pop point
pop cirlce
(13) Far side pop-mark diameter 2.000 mm
(14) Text layer name TEXT
(15) Text layer color 7 (white)
(16) Outer contour layer name CUT
(17) Outer contour layer color 7 (white)
(18) Inner contour layer name CUTOUT
(19) Inner contour layer color 4 (cyan)
(20) Punch contour-marking layer name PUNCH_CONTOUR_MARKING
(21) Punch contour-marking layer color 5 (blue)
(22) Powder contour-marking layer name POWDER_CONTOUR_MARKING
(23) Powder contour-marking layer color 6 (magenta)
(24) Bends layer name (bend lines and bend information- angle, radius) BENDS
(25) Bends layer color 3 (green)

 DXF color table:

Color Specific number Name
0 black
1 red
2 yellow
3 green
4 cyan
5 blue
6 magenta
7 white
8 dark grey
9 light grey

Hole Layers tab

For the holesmall hollow open throughout a part or assembly that is usually used for fastening parts with bolts or other such objects

Hole is created in the same way as bolts and hole properties are defined in the bolt properties.

layers the layer names, hole minimum diameter, hole maximum diameter and the color can be defined.
To edit a text or numeric value you have to double-click on it and modify the value with the desired one.
By right-click, a contextual menu will appear containing the following options:

  1. Add new row - adds a new row at the end of the table which will contain the default values:

A new row can also be added by double-click on the last empty row.

  1. Delete selected row - removes the selected row; the selected row can also be removed by pressing Delete button on the keyboard.
  2. Clear all rows - clears all the rows from the table

Slotted Hole Layers tab

For the slotted hole layers the layer names, slotted hole minimum diameter, slotted hole maximum diameter, minimum width, maximum width, minimum height, maximum height, type, color and phantom can be defined.
For an explanation of the slotted holes dimensions, see the image below where:

  • d is diameter
  • b is width
  • h is height 
  • w is the slotted hole angle

To edit a text or numeric value you have to double-click on it and modify the value with the desired one.
By right-click, a contextual menu will appear containing the following options:

  1. Add new row - adds a new row at the end of the table which will contain the default values:

A new row can also be added by double-click on the last empty row.

  1. Delete selected row - removes the selected row; the selected row can also be removed by pressing Delete button on the keyboard.
  2. Clear all rows - clears all the rows from the table

Phantom 

Below there are some examples with different phantom types. The other settings used are Slot type = 1 , Hole point style = 33 and Hole point size = 1.

Phantom type Example picture
Phantom arrow
Phantom outline
Phantom arrow + outline
Phantom none

 

Slotted holes types

The examples presented below use different slotted holes types but have the following common properties:

  • Slot layer color is 3 (green).
  • Hole layer color is 6 (magenta).
  • Phantom layer color is 1 (red).
  • Slotted hole layer phantom type is (outline)
  • Hole point style is 35
  • Hole point size is 10
Slot type Example picture Description
1
One hole symbol to the center of slot. The hole symbol follows the hole point style and hole point size settings. The slot symbol is created according to the selected phantom setting (outline in this example). The circle color follows the slot layer color, and the slot color follows the phantom layer color.
2
Two hole symbols to the slot. The hole symbol follows the hole point style and hole point size settings. The slot symbol is created according to the selected phantom setting (outline in this example). The hole symbol color follows the hole layer color, and the slot color follows the phantom layer color.
3
One circle to the center of slot. The size of the circle corresponds to the real hole size. The circle color follows the slot layer color, and the slot color follows the phantom layer color. The slot symbol is created according to the selected phantom setting (outline in this example).
4
Two circles to the slot. The size of the circle corresponds to the real hole size. If the circles would be touching each other, only one circle in the middle of slot is created. The slot symbol is created according to the selected phantom setting (outline in this example). The circle color follows the hole layer color, and the slot color follows the phantom layer color.
5
Hole symbol to the first slot center point. The hole symbol follows the hole point style and hole point size settings. The slot symbol is created according to the selected phantom setting (outline in this example). The hole symbol color follows the hole layer color, and the slot symbol color follows the phantom layer. 
6
One circle to the first slot center point. The slot symbol is created according to the selected phantom setting (outline in this example). The circle color follows the hole layer color, and the slot symbol color follows the phantom layer color
7
No hole symbol is created. The slot symbol is created according to the selected phantom setting (outline in this example). The slot color follows the slot layer color.

 

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