TechDraw SaveDXF

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This command exists up to version 0.18. Starting from version 0.19 it is replaced by TechDraw ExportPageDXF

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Menu location
TechDraw → Export page Dxf
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
TechDraw SaveSVG, Draft DXF


The Export page Dxf tool saves a drawing page as a DXF file


  1. Select a Page in the tree view, if the document contains multiple pages.
  2. Press the TechDraw SaveDXF.svg TechDraw SaveDXF button.
  3. Select a location and file name.


  • Radial and Diameter dimensions will only export properly if they are "inside" the arc.
  • Scaling is not supported. The DXF will be drawn in the actual size of the TechDraw page.
  • Units are not supported. The DXF will be drawn in millimeters (mm). Dimension text will be shown exactly as displayed in TechDraw.
  • TechDraw can't export a DraftView or an ArchView to DXF. These views are SVG elements generated internally by the Draft Workbench, so there is no geometrical shape to export. To export a view as DXF, it must have been created with TechDraw View or TechDraw NewProjGroup. For example, select an Arch SectionPlane, then use Draft Shape2DView to create a flat projection shape, and then use TechDraw View on this object. Alternatively, select the objects from the tree view or the 3D viewport, and export to DXF using File → Export.
  • The title block of a page is an SVG template as well, so it will not be exported to DXF either.
  • In general, TechDraw can only export to DXF those elements that are supported by the Import::ImpExpDxfWrite class of the Import Module.


  • This function exports the R12 (AC1009) and R14 (AC1014) versions of DXF.
    • R12 is an older, simpler version of the standard, but should be readable by most other software.
    • R14 is the default version. It includes support for splines and ellipses among other things.
  • There are 2 parameters that affect DXF output:
    • Tools → Edit parameters → BaseApp/Preferences/Mod/Import → DxfVersionOut, valid entries are 12 or 14. Default is 14.
    • Tools → Edit parameters → BaseApp/Preferences/Mod/Import → DiscretizeEllipses. If true, splines/ellipses are converted to polylines; if false, spline and ellipses are written as spline and ellipse objects. Default is false.


See also: TechDraw API and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

The SaveDXF tool can be used in macros and from the Python console by using the following functions:


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