Altium NEXUS Documentation


Created: June 26, 2017 | Updated: June 26, 2017
Now reading version 2.1. For the latest, read: ImportFromDxf for version 5
Applies to altium-nexus versions: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 4 and 5
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Parent page: PcbDrawing Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:

Applied Parameters: None


This command is used to import drawing information from an AutoCAD Drawing eXchange File (*.dxf) into the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf).

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.


This command is accessed from the PcbDrawing Editor by choosing the File » Import from DXF command, from the main menus.


First, ensure that the Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf) that you wish to import the content of the DXF file into, is open as the active document in the main design window. If you want to import into a specific sheet within a multi-sheet document, also ensure that that sheet is the current sheet. This is done by clicking within the sheet - verify you have the right sheet, by using the information in the Status Bar.

After launching the command, a standard Open dialog will appear. Use this to browse to, and open, the required DXF file. After a short time, the DXF Import Settings dialog will appear. Use this to set the measurement units, default line width, and default font family as required and click OK - the import will proceed, with progress reflected in a subsequent dialog.


  1. The following object types are supported for import from a DXF file: Arc, Circle, Line, Rectangle, Region, Text.


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