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CNC DXF Files: The 5 Best Sources for Great Designs

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by Genaro Ponce
Oct 8, 2019
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That CNC machine in your garage is only as good as the files you throw at it. So dig into this guide to the best CNC DXF file sources for your designs.

CNC DXF Files What Are They?

CNC vector for plywood bear coffee table.
CNC vector for plywood bear coffee table. (Source: etsy.com)

DXF, or drawing exchange format, is a vector graphic format native to AutoCAD. It’s also a very versatile file format because it’s able to support 3D models, text, and curves. Plus, it can also be used with other software like Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, SolidWorks, or SketchUp, just to mention a few.

However, DXF files are also suitable for use with a large number of CNC machines, allowing people to produce physical objects from a computer-generated graphic. In that respect, here is a list of the best places you can get DXF files to send to your machine.

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CNC DXF Files 3axis.co

The 3axis.co homepage.
The 3axis.co homepage. (Source: 3axis / Facebook)

3axis.co is a vector repository that offers over 15,000 designs ready to be laser cut in different formats, including DXF. Another awesome feature that this website offers is a DXF online viewer, where you can upload files up to 2.5 MB. And as if that wasn’t enough, all of the files are available to be downloaded for free. Here, you’ll find a huge variety of puzzles, patterns, silhouettes, and even furniture.

Vector selection: Large

Vector quality: Satisfactory

Price: Free

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CNC DXF Files Scan2CAD

Scan2CAD offers a number of useful features.
Scan2CAD offers a number of useful features.

Scan2CAD is a conversion software that very accurately transforms raster images into vectors. This is an extremely useful tool for those who want to save time in their design process. Instead of redrawing an image manually, you’ll be able to convert it into a DXF or DWG file automatically for just $49 a month. (There’s also a 14-day free trial available.)

And if you’re looking for some CNC designs in DXF format, Scan2CAD also has a CNC design library, updated weekly, that you can download for free.

Vector selection: Medium

Vector quality: Good

Price: Free

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CNC DXF Files CNC Cookbook

Just some of the categories at CNC Cookbook.
Some of the categories at CNC Cookbook.

CNC Cookbook is a company focused on software development and free training for CNC enthusiasts, created by entrepreneur Bob Warfield. The website offers free resources like courses, tips and techniques, calculators, and of course, free DXF files organized by category.

All these files are ready to cut on a CNC machine, and new designs are uploaded constantly.

Vector selection: Small

Vector quality: Good

Price: Free

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CNC DXF Files FileCNC.com

FileCNC's homepage.
FileCNC's homepage.

This website has over 17,000 free designs available to download, including Corel Draw vectors or DXF files. Here, you’ll find all kinds of designs from logos and illustrations to decorations and furniture.

It has a similar template to 3axis.co and it works just the same. You only need to search for the desired item or navigate until you find something you like. It’s very easy to use and requires no registration.

Vector selection: Large

Vector quality: Satisfactory

Price: Free

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CNC DXF Files DesignShop

DesignShop's homepage.
DesignShop's homepage.

DesignShop is an online design service where customers can download vectors from their library or ask for custom designs made by professionals; you can get DXF files to work with all kinds of CNC machines.

They offer a Hobby account for $29 per month, a Business account for $59 per month and a Pro account for $109 per month. All of them allow you to download content and get customer support to varying degrees.

It’s not a free website like the others, but it’s a valuable resource if you’re looking for quality content that’s licensed and free to use for commercial projects.

Vector selection: Large

Vector quality: Good

Price: Monthly plans ($29/$59/$109)

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CNC DXF Files Final Thoughts

A parametric pattern on wood.
A parametric pattern on wood. (Source: 3axis.co)

CNC machines have revolutionized the way people fabricate things, but if you can’t use any CAD software to generate or modify custom designs, things get a little more difficult. Fortunately, we’ve provided you with not only free DXF files but also other resources that you can use to improve your craft.

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