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@jscad/dxf-deserializer v0.1.3

DXF deserializer for jscad project


DXF deserializer for the JSCAD project

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This deserializer converts raw DXF data to JSCAD code fragments, or converts raw DXF data directy to CSG library objects. When converting unknown DXF data, converting to JSCAD code fragments will provide more information.

DXF Implementation Notes

The DXF(tm) file structure changes continously as AutoDesk releases new features and fixes. So, you can imagine that after 20 years, the contents of DXF files are pretty messed up. Expect the worst.

NOTE: At this time, only ASCII DXF files are supported. BINARY DXF files are not supported.

This deserializer converts only what is required by JSCAD libraries and applications. Full document conversion is NOT supported, so don't even try. However, conversion of the following DXF entities are possible:

DXF EntityCSG ObjectNotes
ARCto Path2D
CIRCLEto CAGStart and stop angles are ignored
ELLIPSEto CAGStart and stop angles are ignored
LINEto Line2D or Line3DThis will change in the future
LWPOLYLINEto Path2D or CAGConversion to CAG if LWPOLYLINE is closed
POLYLINE (line)to Path2D or CAGConversion to CAG if POLYLINE is closed

In addition, colors are converted using the AutoCad standard color index (256 colors).

Finally, there are many applications that can save to DXF formats. All testing is performed with files from AutoCad, period.

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npm install @jscad/dxf-deserializer


const deSerializer = require('@jscad/dxf-deserializer')

const rawData = fs.readFileSync('PATH/TO/file.dxf')
const jscadCode = deSerializer(rawData)


For questions about the API, please contact the User Group

PRs accepted.

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