How to Create a DXF File

By Maureen Bruen

To create a DXF (Drawing eXchange Format) file, you'll need a graphic or illustration software package that creates the DXF AutoCAD file format. A DXF file is an ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) file with the two- and three-dimensional information representing a CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) drawing. Purchasing AutoCAD to create DXF files is expensive; it's more cost-effective to create this file format with your existing graphics or illustration software, if possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Visio 2003 or Adobe Illustrator CS

Create a DXF File with Microsoft Visio

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Visio 2003.

Step 2

Click "File," then "Open." A dialog box is displayed.

Step 3

Browse to your Visio drawing, select it, and then click "Open." The Visio drawing you selected is displayed in the center window.

Step 4

Click "File," then "Save As." The "Save As" dialog box is displayed.

Step 5

Click the drop-down arrow for "Save as type:," select "AutoCAD Interchange" and click "Save." The Visio drawing is saved as an AutoCAD DXF file.

Create a DXF File with Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Launch Adobe Illustrator CS.

Step 2

Click "Open." The Illustrator "Open" dialog box is displayed.

Step 3

Click the illustration to be converted to a DXF file, then click "Open" to display the illustration in the window.

Step 4

Click "File," then "Export." The "Export" dialog box is displayed.

Step 5

Click the drop-down menu for "Save as type:," choose "AutoCAD Interchange File (*.DXF)" and then click "Save" to create the DXF file.