Online DXF File Viewer
What are DXF files?
The moniker DXF stands for Drawing Exchange Format. Created in 1982 by Autodesk, the DXF format is used to represent 2D drawings in a way that can be transferable to multiple CAD (computer-aided design) software programs. DXF files are ASCII text files that contain vector data on numerous graphical elements of a CAD drawing, including polygons, circles, ellipses, arcs, lines, text, and other metadata. These files are commonly used in a variety of fields including engineering, architecture, and construction or anywhere else a 2D model is needed. DXF files are in open source format making them accessible to open and view easily.
Disadvantages to DXF files
While DXF files are popular among 2D designers, there are some potential drawbacks to using this file format.
- DXF files are only suitable for 2D models: Since DXF files are designed to represent 2D geometric models, any 3D features that a user may add may not be supported. In these cases, DWG, STEP, or IGES files are more appropriate formats for maintaining the model’s geometric data.
- DXF files may not retain all of the models information: Even though DXF files are meant to preserve a 2D model’s geometric data, sometimes information can be lost when converting to this format, especially if those defined features are proprietary to a certain CAD program or service.
- Some programs do not support DXF files: DXF files are one of the most commonly supported formats, through a variety of different CAD programs, but some programs have issues importing the data within the file to properly view. This can lead to distorted or degraded DXF imports, where the data is not properly transferred from one CAD program to another.