12 Replies Latest reply on Aug 6, 2014 12:43 PM by skyflyrr

    Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0

    eem2am

      Hello,

       

      Do you know how i can import a dxf file in eagle pro 6.2.0?

        • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0

          On 12/17/2012 1:46 PM, andrew massey wrote:

          Hello,

           

          Do you know how i can import a dxf file in eagle pro 6.2.0?

           

          Hi Andrew,

           

          Try the importdxf ulp that's up on our website www.cadsoftusa.com ->

          Downloads -> User Language Programs.

           

          hth,

          Jorge Garcia

           

            • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0
              shabaz

              Personally I didn't have much luck with some user language programs for DXF (maybe they have improved, I checked over a year ago so my

              information could be old).

               

              But, I found a nice method which works well, and can work for some other popular file formats too.

              Basically the trick is to use an in-between format. I found that inkscape (freeware) is good at reading DXF and can convert to HPGL format.

              I picked HPGL format because it is a trivial exercise to convert that to EAGLE script format. More info on it is here.

                • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0
                  eem2am

                  Thankyou i read your link etc.but i still dont understand what all this process of getting a dxf into eagle is all about.

                   

                  I mean, the only thing that can be brought into an eagle layout is a part, so do i have to convert the dxf file into a part?

                   

                  ....is there a youtube video that i can see that shows the dxf import process?

                   

                  Am i just being a bit weak and pathetic here, because this whole concept of dxf import into Eagle via these ULP's sounds liek rocket science to me.

                   

                  ....should i just get on with it, and when i start clcking the conversion ULP, everything will just happen before my eyes , so to speak?

                    • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0

                      On 12/18/2012 3:01 AM, grigson prendergast wrote:

                      Thankyou i read your link etc.but i still dont understand what all this process of getting a dxf into eagle is all about.

                       

                      I mean, the only thing that can be brought into an eagle layotu is a part, so do i have to convert the dxf file into a part?

                      No you don't convert the DXF file into a part, although you can if you

                      want to.

                       

                      ...is there a youtube video that i can see that shows the dxf import process?

                       

                      Am i just being a bit weak and pathetic here, because this whole concept of dxf import into Eagle via these ULP's sounds liek rocket science to me.

                       

                      ...should i just get on with it, and when i start clcking the conversion ULP, everything will just happen before my eyes , so to speak?

                       

                      I've attached the dxfimport.ulp, hopefully it makes it to you. All you

                      have to do to use it is type RUN followed by enter in one of the

                      editors. Browse to the ULP and hit open. The ULP will now run and

                      present you with an easy to follow dialog.

                       

                      Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

                       

                      Best Regards,

                      Jorge Garcia.

                       

                    • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0

                      On 12/17/2012 5:27 PM, shabaz wrote:

                      Personally I didn't have much luck with some user language programs for DXF (maybe they have improved, I checked over a year ago so my

                      information could be old).

                       

                      But, I found a nice method which works well, and can work for some other popular file formats too.

                      Basically the trick is to use an in-between format. I found that inkscape (freeware) is good at reading DXF and can convert to HPGL format.

                      I picked HPGL format because it is a trivial exercise to convert that to EAGLE script format. More info on it is here (http://badcafe.co.uk/2011/03/20/dxf-hpgl-to-eagle-script-conversion/).

                       

                       

                      Hi Shabaz,

                       

                      This looks very cool, I would encourage you to upload this script to

                      www.cadsoftusa.com for the benefit of other EAGLE users. Additionally I

                      would like your permission to port the code over to EAGLE's ULP language

                      to make a more integrated utility in EAGLE.

                       

                      The importdxf utility I mentioned is newer than a year old and I

                      basically combined the best parts of the existing DXF import tools along

                      with some new functionality to make a ULP that could import 75% of the

                      DXF files you'll run into. I would like to do something similar with

                      your utility especially for the possibility to import various image

                      formats into EAGLE. I will give proper attribution as would be expected

                      in the open source community.

                       

                      Best Regards,

                      Jorge Garcia

                      Cadsoft Support

                       

                        • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0
                          shabaz

                          Hi Jorge,

                           

                          No problem at all, you're welcome to port or to make use of it however you wish. Unfortunately I was only familiar with the script commands, not ULP.

                          HPGL is a nice format because it is quite simplistic!

                            • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0

                              On 12/18/2012 6:42 PM, shabaz wrote:

                              Hi Jorge,

                               

                              No problem at all, you're welcome to port or to make use of it however you wish. Unfortunately I was only familiar with the script commands, not ULP.

                              HPGL is a nice format because it is quite simplistic!

                               

                               

                              Thanks Shabaz,

                               

                              I will get on it, and thanks for your contribution to the community.

                               

                              Best Regards,

                              Jorge Garcia

                               

                      • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0
                        karlquist

                        I tried using the ULP "dxfimport".  It worked on a .dxf file that I exported from Visio, but it did not work on a file I exported from a mechanical engineering program.  In the latter case, it said there were zero wires, etc; zero of everything.  The file that worked had Imperial units and the one that didn't was metric.  I did remember to select the correct units in the dialog box.  What other reason would explain a file being DOA?  BTW, the file imports into Visio OK.

                         

                        Rick Karlquist

                          • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0
                            Autodesk Guest

                            On 4/11/2013 10:44 PM, Richard Karlquist wrote:

                            I tried using the ULP "dxfimport".  It worked on a .dxf file that I

                            exported from Visio, but it did not work on a file I exported from a

                            mechanical engineering program.  In the latter case, it said there were

                            zero wires, etc; zero of everything.  The file that worked had Imperial

                            units and the one that didn't was metric.  I did remember to select the

                            correct units in the dialog box.  What other reason would explain a file

                            being DOA?  BTW, the file imports into Visio OK.

                             

                            Rick Karlquist

                             

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                            Hi Rick,

                             

                            I hope you're doing well. The DXF standard supports many types of

                            objects, texts, lines, arcs, polylines, etc. The dxfimport.ulp currently

                            implements the most common objects. However there are still programs

                            that export designs as SPLINES or other less frequent object types and

                            the ULP currently can't handle them. Also Binary DXFs exist versus the

                            text based ones the ULP is setup to handle so you have to make sure

                            you're using a text based DXF file.

                             

                            If you're program can export various types of DXF files try the

                            different forms out and see what you get.

                             

                            hth,

                            Jorge Garcia

                             

                              • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0
                                karlquist

                                Both the successful and unsuccessful .dxf files use splines.  They are not binary files.  The only unique type in the unsuccessful one is "CEPSN TYPE".  However, shouldn't the ULP at least import the types it knows about, or produce some sort of error message?  It just happily reports zero lines, zero circles, etc.  The .dxf files are being produced by my mechanical engineer with his CAD program, so I am not in a position to waste his time with endless experimentation with .dxf files.  He already tried several different CAD programs that output .dxf.   I guess there is no documentation as to what is or is not supported.

                                  • Re: Import DXF file in Eagle Pro 6.2.0
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                                    On 4/12/2013 4:48 PM, Richard Karlquist wrote:

                                    Both the successful and unsuccessful .dxf files use splines.  They are

                                    not binary files.  The only unique type in the unsuccessful one is

                                    "CEPSN TYPE".  However, shouldn't the ULP at least import the types it

                                    knows about, or produce some sort of error message?  It just happily

                                    reports zero lines, zero circles, etc.  The .dxf files are being

                                    produced by my mechanical engineer with his CAD program, so I am not in

                                    a position to waste his time with endless experimentation with .dxf

                                    files.  He already tried several different CAD programs that output

                                    dxf.   I guess there is no documentation as to what is or is not

                                    supported.

                                     

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                                    Hi Richard,

                                     

                                    There's more to it than that. The SPLINES are never imported because the

                                    ULP doesn't support that yet. As of now the ULP supports the following:

                                     

                                    LINES,

                                    ARCS

                                    CIRCLES,

                                    POLYLINES,

                                    and

                                    LWPOLYLINES

                                     

                                    That's it, the file that imports properly has one or more of these

                                    elements. The one that doesn't lacks these completely.

                                     

                                    hth,

                                    Jorge Garcia