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DXF Export the sketch

DXF Export the sketch

1. Describe your environment: What is your industry? What is your role in your organization? Describe your stakeholders.
Watch manufactures, CADManager, 

2. What version of Creo Parametric are you currently running?

3. Describe the problem you are trying to solve. Please include detailed documentation such as screenshots, images or video.
Export  dxf direct from sketch without creating a Creo drawing. Possible with Solidedge

4. What is the use case for your organization?
Creating a drawing, orientated the sketch very long time,,,

5. What business value would your suggestion represent for your organization?
time saving
One point less with Solidedge competition


23-Emerald II

To gain traction on this idea, I think you will really need to elaborate on what the purpose is.

If you are still in the sketch mode, you can only save the sketch as a section file (*.sec file).

Once you complete a sketch, either as a curve, sketch, or extrude, you can export it as a DXF file.


In my personal experience, I can't imagine sketching something just far enough but NOT finishing and saving the file for future reference if needed.

For a sketched curve, I believe it is 1 (ONE) OK click and then you can export the DXF file



Hello Stephen, thanks for your remark but:

"complete a sketch, either as a curve, sketch, or extrude, you can export it as a DXF file" but if you think about export DXF in 3D model you can forget: the result is faceted like a STL export...

The only workaround is to create a drawing, hide all but the sketch curve: not simple...

(more information in CS20236)


23-Emerald II

I absolutely agree with your request.

The reference to the customer support article and your additional description is extremely valuable to defining the enhancement request and what is missing from the software.

I don't think you can edit the original post to add the additional information but the comment should suffice to help define what you are requesting.

I think that PTC basically ignored DXF for 3D objects in the past since the interchange format was basically defined as a "drawing exchange format".

23-Emerald II

This was previously requested but has since been archived. This post is for informational purposes only, previous idea had 10 votes.

Community Manager
Status changed to: Acknowledged

Thank you @FPerez for your idea and @StephenW for the subsequent engagement. Based on the information you provided, we are acknowledging it as the Community management team. This is not a commitment from the Product team. Other users may comment and vote your idea up.


Hello Fabrice,


This new Idea is now published in article CS20236 .

Hope this will give it more visibility and allow more votes.