Whether you’re a CAD/CNC hobbyist or a professional, you’ll have undoubtedly worked with the DXF format at some point or another. It’s the gold-standard format of the CAD industry—it’s easy to share and it’s supported by practically every CAD program on the market. Due to the popularity and accessibility of the DXF format, many websites and companies have made it a priority to sell DXF designs to CAD enthusiasts and professionals. These designs can then be used for further work in CAD software, or for CNC cutting. But what if you don’t want to fork out money for DXF designs?
Have no fear! Scan2CAD has put together a handy list of 13 websites that offer a variety of free DXF designs—so you don’t have to pay a single penny! If you love freebies and CAD, you might want to also check out Scan2CAD’s other list of top CAD freeware. Enjoy…
1. Vector Ink
We’ll start the list off with the handy Vector Ink! This site has hundreds of free DXF designs available—just waiting to be downloaded. The designs are all grouped into broad categories, e.g. ‘Animal’, ‘Pattern’ and ‘Symbol’. This categorization makes it pretty easy to find what you’re looking for. Plus, you can subscribe to the site to be sent emails when any new DXF designs are uploaded. When you download a design, you’re given a zip folder with a PNG, SVG and DXF version of the design.
At Scan2CAD we offer our very own free DXF designs under our sister website Maker Union. We release a pack of royalty-free dxf downloads every week. Each pack focusses on a theme. Past popular themes include Medieval Shields, Vintage Frames and Birds. Maker Union commissions a professional designer to create every pack so you will be sure to discover fantastic designs every week. Importantly, each design is also 100% cut-ready for CNC purposes.
3. My DXF
My DXF has a decent selection of free DXF designs available. The DXF ‘projects’ aren’t categorized the same way as the above sites—they’re grouped by specific keywords like ‘cowboy’ or ‘dolphin’. So you can either look through the entire list of keywords, or you can manually search through the entire selection. There’s around 600 DXF designs on offer, so there’s more than enough to take advantage of. When you download a design, you’re given a zip folder containing the DXF file.
4. Love SVG
Love SVG offers both SVG and DXF designs, absolutely free. The designs consist of personal quotes with custom designs, which are frequently updated on a daily basis. These quotes are perfect for people who enjoy DIY projects and so forth. There’s over 600 designs to choose from, however there’s no categorization feature so you would have to look through the selection manually. When you download a design, you get a zip folder containing a PNG, SVG, DXF and EPS version of the design.
Ponoko describe themselves as ‘The worlds’s easiest making system’ . Ponoko provide pre-made designs which you can have made by their network of creators. Many of the designs on the website are not free but they do have a small collection of free designs. We’ve found that you will need to spend some time filtering out designs which would not be suitable for CNC cutting on this website.
Vision Engravers has just under 100 free DXF clipart designs on offer. These designs are grouped by theme, e.g. ‘Christmas‘ or ‘Easter’. The site is updated regularly, so you’ll find the selection expanding with time. The site doesn’t have a categorization feature, so you will have to scroll through the clipart selection to look for anything that might interest you. The site’s true value comes with its variety of file types however. When you download a design, you’re given a zip folder containing an AI, CDL, EPS, JPG, PDF, PLT and DXF of the design. Needless to say, they give you plenty of options!
7. Sign Torch
Sign Torch only has a small selection of around 35 free DXF designs available. While this might not seem like much, you might find the odd gem or two if you look hard enough. The site also offers cheap DXF design collections that won’t set you back too much—buying in bulk saves you money, and they run frequent discounts. The site doesn’t have a categorization feature, but with it being such a small selection, it won’t take you long to look through. When you download, you’re given the option of a CMX, DXF, EPS, SVG and AI.
8. CNC G-code
CNC G-code has a small selection of free DXF designs available for CNC cutting. While it might not have that much to offer, you might find one or two interesting designs. It does have a small group of categories available, like ‘Numbers’ and ‘Sea Creatures’ which could make browsing a little easier. When you download a design, you’re given a zip folder containing a PNG, DXF and NC.
9. Free DXF
Despite its name, Free DXF only has a limited selection of free DXF designs on offer. Currently, there are 10 free DXF designs that are ready to download. While this is slightly disappointing, bear in mind that the site will add or change designs every month or so. The site also offers DXF design collections—it can be cost-effective to buy in bulk sometimes. Despite the small variety, you might find something worth your time. To download, you have to create an account and then you will be given the DXF file.
10. DXF for CNC
Like Free DXF, DXF for CNC only has a limited selection of free DXF designs available. There are currently 10 designs on offer, but as with the site above, this selection may be prone to changes with time. In addition, designs like ‘custom names’ are very versatile and useful, so the small variety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The site also has a variety of ‘cheap’ DXF designs on offer—they throw plenty of sales, so you might find a bargain or two. To download designs, you have to create an account.
11. Plasma Spider
Plasma Spider is a forum for CNC plasma cutting. They have an entire board dedicated to sharing DXF clipart files—you can upload and download as many DXF files as you want (after registering to the site). Arguably, this is more useful than any of the sites listed above—here the selection of DXF designs will always change and update. Not only can you download designs or request designs, you can also share your own DXF designs.
12. Ready to Cut
Like Plasma Spider, Ready to Cut is a forum also dedicated to CNC art file sharing. While it isn’t as extensive as the above forum, it’s still a very useful resource to have. It has a large selection of free DXF designs available, all of which are categorized into sections like ‘Symbols’ and ‘Scenery’. As with Plasma Spider, you will have to create an account before you can download any files—but it will be useful in the long run. Forums are a great resource for learning and sharing.
13. DXF 1
DXF 1 also has a variety of free DXF designs available—all of which are CNC ready. These designs are all categorized into sections and subsections, e.g. ‘Animals’ and ‘Objects’. These categories are rather broad, so it might take a bit of browsing through them all manually to find anything you’re interested in. Some sections have more files than others, like ‘Icons’, but there’s still quite a range of designs to take advantage of. When you download a design you’re given a single DXF file.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget Pinterest
Pinterest is less of a site that offers free DXF designs, and more of a resource to help you find free DXF designs. You can use it to look through the variety of DXF designs available, all created by fellow hobbyists. You just need to type in your keywords like ‘free DXF‘ and off you go! Obviously, some of the designs will actually cost you—it’s a matter of refining your search. You might even find a hobbyist or site that offers cheap DXF designs that you’d be willing to pay for. It’s also a great platform for sharing your own designs or creations.
For more DXF-related information and tips, check out our blog! Each week we look at different topics in the CAD industry and its related fields. We have guides like The DXF File Specification and Converting from TIFF to DXF and even CNC Project Ideas.