I'm working on producing some carboard items from Solidworks. In order to manufacture these items, I need a 2D drawing which I can supply to the laser cutters, which they will follow. It is easy enough to create items with simple shapes: outline; cutouts & extrude. And it's also very straight forward to create a drawing from such a simple 3D part. But for cardboard boxes where you'll often want to add line cuts, how can you reflect this in the drawing in Solidworks. Obviously, it's impossible to generate a feature from a line. And without a feature, you can't propagate the line into the drawing.
So in this example the free hanging line is illegal. I'd need to convert it into a slot to create the feature properly. But what I really want is a single laser cut. Not a slot.
One work around is to just make each cut into a full cutout with a width of say 1mm. But doing that means I end up cutting twice as much and paying more. Is there a way of adding single line cuts. Perhaps by converting a sketch directly to a drawing without creating a feature first?
Dashed Cuts for bending guides... The best way to do this appears to be with a single dashed line. The goal again is to produce a simple drawing which the laser cutter will follow. The dashed line requires no interpretation. The laser cuts where there is a line, and it does not cut where there is no line! Short of actually drawing each tiny line segment, is there a way to achieve this? This is compound by the above concern, that I don't yet know how to produce a drawing that shows a 1D line, much less a colineal series of lines to produce a dashed bend line.