Tuesday, December 04, 2007


DXF Commandline Tools

Hey all,

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with commandline tools for working with DXF files. Specifically, I'm trying to create a 'build script' for the McWire Cartesian Bot design, which is all DXF files. I'd love to be able to automatically create SVG, PDF, PNG, or EPS files. Its pretty much a requirement that the tools be free, but I also might be open to low cost or shareware based tools if they are cheap.

Please post in the comments if you have any suggestions.


Lx-Viewer is hopefully what your looking for. Not sure about cli vs gui, but hopefully it will help.
I looked around a bit and found a free command line tool called vec2web. Can be compiled on linux/osx, with a bit of work, but they provide a windows binary at http://www.qcad.org/vec2web_downloads.html

I haven't tried it yet since I'm on a mac (need to download QT) but the readme says:

vec2web is a small tool to convert vector drawings (currently DXF)
to graphics which can be used on the web (currently PNG). However,
vec2web can also convert DXF drawings to PS (post script) and WBMP
(wireless bitmap) or display them in an X11 or Windows window.
thanks tony! vec2web is probably exactly what i need... especially since i use qcad to create the source files. it should work pretty well together.
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