I have exported a DXF file from Mathematica and I am trying to import it in AutoCAD.

The file that has been exported is output of a command like the following

g = Graph[vl, edges, 
 VertexCoordinates -> {v_ :> ({x[v], y[v]} /. solution)}, 
 EdgeWeight -> ew, VertexLabels -> Placed["Name", Center], 
 EdgeLabels -> {e_ :> Placed["EdgeWeight", .3]}, VertexSize -> .7, 
 VertexStyle -> Red] 

More details can be found in my previous post here

The following graph was exported from Mathematica using the command : Export["file.dxf", Show[Graph3D[g]]] enter image description here

The file obtained after export is shared here.

But when I try to open the file in AutoCAD, the drawing window in AutoCAD shuts.

Could someone look into this?

If this doesn't work, can I export in other formats?

EDIT: The solution suggested below doesn't work when the output is obtained as a result of the following command

g3d = Graph3D[vl, edges, 
  VertexCoordinates -> {v_ :> ({x[v], y[v], z[v]} /. solution3d)}, 
  EdgeWeight -> ew, VertexLabels -> Placed["Name", Center], 
  EdgeLabels -> {e_ :> Placed["EdgeWeight", .5]}, VertexSize -> .3, 
  VertexStyle -> Red, ImageSize -> Large]

I think the problem here is solution3d already as x,y,z coordinates in it. When I export the output to dxf using

Export["file.dxf", Show[Graph3D[g3d]]]

the exported dxf can't be imported in AutoCAD.


1 Answer 1


The DXF file you made isn't wrong, but it's in a different format than your original. Your original DXF was a set of lines in 3D. Here's how to make a simple DXF file from the answer's solution. Refer to the answer at Scaling the edge length of a graph to be equal to edge weight.

1) The solution from the answer has new 2D vertex coordinates. Get line data from the original DXF file.

solution = {x[1] -> 74.8765323341147, y[1] -> 38.338839560418336, 
  x[2] -> 123.40647961090141, y[2] -> 47.8708899668093, 
  x[3] -> 8.917284888177424, y[3] -> 2.766361654099819, 
  x[4] -> 45.00000011321871, y[4] -> 0.,
  x[5] -> 97.09834751979837, y[5] -> 73.57592753317832,
  x[6] -> 49.91286233087924, y[6] -> 60.18973414245018,
  x[7] -> 0., y[7] -> 24.999999734296512, 
  x[8] -> 13.634582696340212, y[8] -> 59.0724623077659, 
  x[9] -> 114.99999830823879, y[9] -> 24.99999745723544};
ld = Import["input.dxf","LineData"]
{{1,2}, {1,3}, {1,4}, {2,5}, {2,6}, {5,6}, {3,4}, {3,7}, {6,7}, {7,8}, {2,9}}

2) Change the 2D vertices from the solution to 3D by setting the z coordinate to zero. Create lines from the line data, ld, and the vertex coordinates, vd.

vd = Append[#, 0.] & /@ Partition[Values[solution], 2];
lines = Line[vd[[#]]] & /@ ld;

3) Make a 3D graphic of the lines and export to a DXF file.

g = Graphics3D[lines, Boxed -> False, ViewPoint -> Top]

lines displayed in 3D graphic

Export["output.dxf", g];
  • $\begingroup$ I could import the file into AutoCAD . Thanks a ton. Could you please let me know if it is possible to retain the edge labels and vertex labels in the dxf export? $\endgroup$
    – Natasha
    Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you can find how from Labeling a three-dimensional plot. For the vertex labels, check how order is used to place the numbers in the correct order. Instead of pos[[i]], vd[[i]] are the vertex coordinates. $\endgroup$
    – creidhne
    Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ Could you please explain why g = Graphics3D[lines, Boxed -> False, ViewPoint -> Top, VertexLabels -> Automatic] doesn't work? $\endgroup$
    – Natasha
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 2:36
  • $\begingroup$ And if I were to use this, labels = Table[Inset[Style["Label " <> ToString[i], Bold, 20], vd[[i]]], {i, Length@holes}]; what should go in place of holes? $\endgroup$
    – Natasha
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 2:38
  • $\begingroup$ Edge lengths are obtained like this, edgeLengths = # -> Norm[Through[{x, y}@First[#]] - Through[{x, y}@Last[#]]] /. solution & /@ EdgeList[g3d]. Please suggest how this has to be addd to g. solution and g3d are from answer provided from previous post $\endgroup$
    – Natasha
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 2:49

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