DXF (and DWG) files are industry standards in the world of 2D CAD. They have been around for many years. CAD users work with DXF files everyday. Let’s take a look how Onshape handles importing and exporting DXF’s.

To import a DXF or DWG file, click the import icon in the top left corner of the Documents page,

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or click the “+” icon in the bottom left corner of a Document and choose “Import.”

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After clicking import, browse for the file or files that you want to import and click “Open.” This will import your DXF into a Document.

After importing your DXF into a Document, two tabs will be created for each DXF you import. One tab holds the original DXF file, and the other tab contains the translated drawing.

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Here, you can view your drawing inside your Document and even make simple changes to it. You can also insert your DXF into a sketch in your Part Studio and use it to create a 3D model.

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Now that we’ve discussed importing DXF files, let’s talk about exporting them. There are two ways to export DXF files from Onshape. The first is to right-click any drawing tab in Onshape and choose “Export.”

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The second is to right-click any face or sketch in an Onshape Part Studio and choose “Export as DXF/DWG.”

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After doing this, a dialogue will appear with options for the DXF export. Simply set any options that you would like and click “Export.”

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If you’re working with DXF files, try these tips out!