DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER is an AutoCAD DXF file import plug-in for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire. It gives Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire the ability to import mesh objects from AutoCAD DXF files as solids models in Pro/ENGINEER.
Pro/ENGINEER already has the ability to read AutoCAD DXF files. However, when importing DXF files into Pro/ENGINEER 3D mesh objects are ignored. DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER gives Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire the ability to read 3D mesh objects in an AutoCAD DXF file and import them as solid bodies in a Pro/ENGINEER part document. A polygon mesh in a DXF file is comprised of a set of triangular and quad faces. DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER creates trimmed planar surfaces for each triangle and quad and knits them together to create a solid body. If the polygon mesh is closed (i.e. it does not contain boundary edges) then DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER will create a closed body feature, otherwise an open surface will be created.
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DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER is very easy to use. Once installed, it must be loaded into the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire environment. Follow the simple instructions in the ReadMe document which can be found in the installation folder. Once loaded, it adds new commands to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and a submenu called "DXFImport" to the Pro/ENGINEER menu.
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Hardware, software and operating system requirements for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire plug-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform.
- Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire (32 and 64 bit): 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0
- Operating System (32 Bit and 64 Bit): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7
- RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)
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Download & Purchase
Please download a fully functional trial of this product by clicking "Download". To start using the software, you need a license key. A license key can be of two types: Trial or Permanent. A trial key is issued to you instantly and completely free of cost so that you may try the software before you purchase a license. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. If during the trial period (10 days or runs, whichever is earlier) you find this product useful, you may return to this page and click the "Buy Now" button to place your order. In the order process you will be asked to enter your Host ID that appears in the "SYCODE License Server" dialog box (which appears when you run any of the product commands). SYCODE will create and send you your key by email within 2 business days. To avoid disruption in your workflow, place your order before the trial period ends.
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Installation & Usage
Since DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER is a plug-in for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, it must be loaded into the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the plug-in file into Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, simply click on the menu items in the "DXFImport" submenu to run these new commands.
The 'DXFImport' submenu consists of the following commands:
- Import - Imports a DXF file
- Help - Displays the DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER help file
- Register - Registers your copy of DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER
- About - Displays the DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER About box
The DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER submenu
DXF Import for Pro/ENGINEER comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time. There is also an online version of the help file which you can view by clicking the link below.
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The DXF File Format
The AutoCAD DXF (Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format) is a CAD data file format, developed by Autodesk as their solution for enabling data interoperability between AutoCAD and other programs. DXF was originally introduced in December 1982 as part of AutoCAD 1.0, and was intended to provide an exact representation of the data in the AutoCAD native file format, DXF (Drawing), for which Autodesk didn't (and doesn't) publish specifications.
DXF is probably one of the most widely supported vector formats in the world today. DXF is rich in features, including: support for 3D objects, curves, text, associative dimensioning, etc. Although DXF was developed to represent the data used in a CAD program, it is used by many programs as a "least common denominator" format for the exchange of many different types of data, most commonly vector-oriented information but also text and 3D polygons.
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Sycode Software Licensing Terms
Our licenses are single computer licenses and are locked to each computer they are installed on. Basically, the license key is specific to the computer's Host ID (the MAC address of the computer), and will not work on another computer. The installer picks up the physical MAC address of the network card connected to the computer which is basically “Ethernet adapter Network Connect Adapter”. So unless you change your network card, the key will always work even if you reinstall your operating system. If your internal network is periodically assigning a different Host ID to your computer, then please find a solution for this with your IT department.