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How to Convert .STP to .DXF

Updated July 20, 2017

The "STP" format, also called the "STEP" format, is a three-dimensional drafting specification used by a variety of CAD, or "computer assisted drawing" programs. Some users may run into difficulties opening or importing a STEP file into a standard CAD program. "DXF" files, on the other hand, are recognised by virtually all CAD programs, and the DXF format is the closest thing to a universal CAD specification. If you are given a STEP file, you may want to convert it to DXF for greater compatibility.

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  1. FreeCAD is a free, open-source CAD modeler available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. FreeCAD can import from and export to a variety of file formats, including both STEP and DXF.

  2. DXF/STEP Converter is a free program designed to quickly and easily convert between STEP and DFX files. Simply define your input file, click the button for "STEP to DXF," and click "Convert."

  3. Quickstep is a STEP viewer and exporter published by CadFaster. With Quickstep, you can import, view, and convert STEP files to other CAD formats. Quickstep is available as a 14-day free trial.

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Dennis Blake is a content producer for TGN.TV, a gaming media website. He specializes in topics related to computers and gaming, and studied computer science at the Florida Institute of Technology.

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