19 Replies Latest reply on Jun 15, 2018 5:26 AM by 超 柳

    Export  to DWG 3D

    Sandra Sundelin

      Hey everyone,

       

      I am looking for a (free or cheap) solution to be able to export 3D models to both OBJ and 3D DWG from a SolidWorks model.

      Until now I've been using 3Ds Max to do this, I save the 3D model as an stl file and import it into 3Ds Max, and from there I make my exportations.

      However we are cancelling this subscription, and I need to find a simple/cheap (but preferably free) solution to make these exports.

       

      Blender can export to OBJ but not 3D DWG. FreeCAD can only export to 2D DWG.

      Are there any kind of export extension to SolidWorks 2018? Or are there any other software that can do this conversion?

       

      Thanks in advance,

      Sandra

        • Re: Export  to DWG 3D
          Rubén Rodolfo Balderrama

          To export from Solidworks to 3D Autocad you must use *.SAT / *.STEP / *.IGS and import it on Autocad it's free for you

            • Re: Export  to DWG 3D
              Sandra Sundelin

              Hi Ruben,

              Thanks, I guess that would be the back up plan then if I can't find any other way to export to DWG.

              Only problem is that Revit can't open any of those files, so I've narrowed it down to DWG being the other file format needed to export to.

              The softwares we need to have the files available for are Revit, AutoCAD and Archicad.

                • Re: Export  to DWG 3D
                  Chris Dordoni

                  I missed your reply before I commented below. Ruben is correct, SAT would be the best choice for AutoCAD.

                  SAT can be imported in AutoCAD by "ACIS IN".

                  • Re: Export  to DWG 3D
                    Rubén Rodolfo Balderrama

                    Let me see

                    Revit could open

                    • CAD formats: DGN, DWF™, DWG™, DXF™, IFC, SAT, and SKP
                    • Image formats: BMP, PNG, JPG, AVI, PAN, IVR, TGA, and TIF
                    • Other formats: ODBC, HTML, TXT, MDB, XLS, and gbXML

                     

                    Autocad could open

                    FormatDescriptionRelated commandIn AutoCAD LT?
                    3D Studio (*.3ds)3D Studio files.3DSINNo
                    ACIS (*.sat)ACIS solid object files.ACISINNo
                    Autodesk Inventor (*.ipt), (*.iam)Autodesk Inventor part and assembly files
                    Note: Supported only on 64 -bit systems.
                    n/aNo
                    CATIA V4 (*.model; *.session; *.exp; *.dlv3)CATIA® V4 model, session and export files.n/aNo
                    CATIA V5 (*.CATPart; *.CATProduct)CATIA® V5 part and assembly files.n/aNo
                    DGN (*.dgn), including DGN files with user-specified file extensions such as.sed for seed filesMicroStation DGN files.DGNIMPORTYes
                    FBX (*.fbx)Autodesk®FBX files.FBXIMPORTNo
                    IGES (*.iges; *.igs)IGES files.IGESIMPORTNo
                    JT (*.ij)JT files.n/aNo
                    Parasolid (*.x_b)Parasolid binary files.n/aNo
                    Parasolid (*.x_t)Parasolid text files.n/aNo
                    PDF (*.pdf)Portable Document Format files.PDFIMPORTYes
                    Pro/ENGINEER (*.prt*; *.asm*)Pro/ENGINEER® part and assembly filesn/aNo
                    Pro/ENGINEER Granite (*.g)Granite files generated by Pro/ENGINEER.n/aNo
                    Pro/ENGINEER Neutral (*.neu)Granite neutral files generated by Pro/ENGINEER .n/aNo
                    Rhino (*.3dm)Rhinoceros® model files.n/aNo
                    SolidWorks (*.prt; *.sldprt; *.asm; *.sldasm)SolidWorks® part and assembly files.n/aNo
                    Metafile (*.wmf)Microsoft Windows ® Metafiles.WMFINYes
                    STEP (*.ste; *.stp; *.step):STEP files.n/aNo

                    Archicad Could open.

                    File FormatImportExportDescriptionNotes
                    ARCHICAD Projects.PLNARHCICAD Solo Project File(./)(./)Contains information about the project, associated files, metadescriptions, and other important content.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as… More details on this link
                    .PLAARCHICAD Archive File(./)(./)Includes all library parts, linked images and textures.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…More details on this link
                    .BPNARCHICAD Backup Project File(./)(./)Allows to recover the latest saved version of a damaged file.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…More details about damaged files on this link
                    .TPLARCHICAD Project Template File(./)(./)Contains all project preferences settings, placed elements and tool default settings of the project.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…More details about template files on this link
                    .MODARCHICAD Module File(./)(./)Allows to insert the contents of external ARCHICAD files into another project.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…More details about Hotlink Modules on this link
                    .2DLARCHICAD 2D Line File(./)(./)2DL is a vectorial drawings saved from ARCHICAD. These drawings contain no model information and can be touched up in the Floor Plan with 2D tools.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…This option is only available in the 3D Window with the Vectorial 3D Engine – not available in OpenGL mode.
                    .MDEARCHICAD Education Module File(./)(./)LegacyThis file format is no longer supported.
                    BIMx.BIMXBIMx Format(./)(./)The BIMx model is known as a “Hyper-model”. The BIMx model can contain the full documentation of your ARCHICAD project: the 3D model, plus any views, layouts and camera path.Export:
                    File > Publish BIMx Hyper-Model… Can be opened by BIMx professional BIM project viewer.More details about BIMx on this link
                    In ARCHICAD 20 or later the File > Save as command cannot be used for exporting BIMx Hyper-models any more.
                    Teamwork.BIMPROJECTBIM Server Import/Export Format(./)(./)BIMPROJECT is the server data of one project. After importing this to the server you can work with the ARCHICAD project in Teamwork.Import/export:
                    in BIM Server Manager. ARCHICAD 14 and higher version BIM Server import/export format. More details about BIMPROJECT on this link.
                    .TWTRAVELTeamwork Travel Package(./)(./)The Travel Pack function creates a portable copy of your local data from the current Teamwork project. You can transfer project data and/or libraries in ARCHICAD to a remote computer and continue working there.Import:
                    Teamwork > Project > Traveling > Import Travel Pack
                    Export:
                    Teamwork > Project > Traveling > Create Travel Pack
                    .BACKUPBIM Server Backup File(./)(./)Allows to recover the latest saved version of a damaged BIM Server. Backing up your BIM Server is essential to avoid data loss and minimize the time needed in case of a disaster recovery.Import/export:
                    in BIM Server Manager.More details about backup on this link.
                    .TWPACKAGEBIM Server Import/Export Format(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 13 BIM Server import/export format
                    .PLPARCHICAD Teamwork Format(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 12 and earlier version Teamwork format
                    .PLCARCHICAD Teamwork Format(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 12 and earlier version Teamwork format
                    .PCAARCHICAD Teamwork Format(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 12 and earlier version Teamwork format
                    .BPCARCHICAD Teamwork Format(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 12 and earlier version Teamwork format
                    Library.LCFARCHICAD Library Container File(./)(./)LFC is a single file, that keeps all the objects used in your projects in one place, while keeping hierarchies intact within the LCF.Import/export:
                    More details on this link
                    .GSMARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)GDL are usually created and used as binary objects with GSM extension.Import:
                    More details on this link
                    Export:
                    More details on this link
                    .GDLARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)GDL file can be used to load attribute definitions, define line types, and materials etc.

                    Import:
                    More details on this link
                    Export:
                    More details on this link

                    .DORARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    .WINARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    .LMPARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    .RSMARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    .LSMARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    .ISMARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    .ESMARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    .GPSARCHICAD Library Object(./)(./)LegacyARCHICAD 8 and earlier version Library Object
                    PlotMaker.PMKPlotMaker Drawing(./)(./)In ARCHICAD 9 and earlier versions the layouts were saved into a single PMK files that PlotMaker layouting program handled.More details about PlotMaker on this link.
                    .LBKPlotMaker Layout Book(./)(./)The Layout Book was introduced in PlotMaker 9, which had the LBK files. Since ARCHICAD 10 it is intergrated into ARCHICAD.More details about PlotMaker on this link.
                    .STBPlot Style Table File(./)(./)This file format is no longer supported.
                    Diagnostics.RPTCrash Report File(./)(./)Contains report about bugs, errors, crashes or other incorrect functionality of GRAPHISOFT products.More details about Bug Reporter on this link.
                    .REPBug Reporter Format(./)(./)Contains report about bugs, errors, crashes or other incorrect functionality of GRAPHISOFT products.More details about Bug Reporter on this link.
                    .SUPPORTSolo Project Support Package(./)(./)The package captures the current state of your project and includes other data that will help the GRAPHISOFT team to efficiently investigate troubleshoot the problem.Export:
                    Help/Create Support Package… More details about Support Package on this link.
                    .TWSUPPORTSolo Project Support Package(./)(./)The package captures the current state of your Teamwork project and includes other data that will help the GRAPHISOFT team to efficiently investigate troubleshoot the problem.Export:
                    Help/Create Support Package… More details about Support Package on this link.

                    Other Formats

                    File FormatImportExportDescriptionNotes
                    CAD.DWGDrawing Database File(./)(./)DWG is used for storing 2D and 3D design data and metadata.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…More details about DWG on this link
                    .DXFDrawing Exchange Format(./)(./)Enables data interoperability between CAD and other programs.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…More details about DXF-DWG Translator on this link
                    .DGNMicroStation Design File(./)(./)MicroStation is a CAD software product for 2D and 3D design and drafting, developed and sold by Bentley Systems. Note: Currently it is only possible to import v7 DGN files.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…
                    BIM.IFCIndustry Foundation Classes File(./)(./)IFC is neutral file format that makes it possible to exchange information between different CAD systems and other systems in the building and facility management sectors.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as… More details about IFC on this link
                    .IFCXMLIndustry Foundation Classes XML(./)(./)IFCXML is recommended for architects whose partners’ applications cannot read the original .IFC format, but can manage .XML databases.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as… More details about differences in IFC formats on this link
                    .IFCZIPIndustry Foundation Classes ZIP(./)(./)IFCZIP is the compressed version of both the normal and the XML-type formats, resulting in file size that is, on average, one-quarter of the original (file size varies depending on model size).Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as… More details about differences in IFC formats on this link
                    .BCFBIM Collaboration Format(./)(./)IFC-based data exchange can be enhanced by using the BIM Collaboration Format BCF-based communication.Import/export:
                    More details on this link
                    .NWCNavisworks Model File(./)(./)Exports whole-project models for simulation and analysis in Navisworks.
                    Note: Latest ARCHICAD version that supports this function is version 19.
                    Export:
                    Download Autodesk add-on using this link.
                    .SMCSolibri Model Checker File(./)(./)Exports whole-project models to Solibri Model Checker.Import:
                    More details about ARCHICAD and Solibri Model Checker on this link
                    Export:
                    More details about SMC export on this link
                    Modeling / 3D.C4DCinema 4D File(./)(./)Cinema 4D Exchange is Maxon’s high‐end 3D modeling, rendering and animation solution, which is tightly integrated with ARCHICAD. The connection between the two applications, using the C4D format, offers a streamlined 3D design workflow.Import:
                    More details about Cinema 4D Exchange Add-On on this link
                    Export:
                    Document > Creative Imaging > PhotoRendeting Settings > Export to Cinema 4D
                    .3DMRhinoceros 3D File(./)(./)ARCHICAD is able to read and write native Rhino 3DM file format, enabling a “reference model” workflow between the two applications.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…More details about working with Rhino 3D Models on this link
                    .3DS3D Studio Scene File(./)(./)3DS files are created with 3ds MAX 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software. With ARCHICAD it is possible to import and export 3DS files.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…More details about 3D Studio Files in ARCHICAD on this link
                    .ATLArtlantis Render Studio 6.5 File(./)(./)Artlantis is the fastest, stand-alone rendering application developed especially for architects and designers. ARCHICAD exports the model in the Artlantis file format through its dedicated plug-ins.More details about Artlantis on this link
                    .KMLKeyhole Markup Language File(./)(./)KML is an XML notation for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet based, 2D maps and 3D Earth browsers. KML was developed for use with Google Earth.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…More details about Google Earth Connections on this link
                    .KMZZipped Keyhole Markup Language File(./)(./)KML files are very often distributed in KMZ files, which are zipped KML files with a KMZ extension.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…More details about Google Earth Connections on this link
                    .SKPSketchUp File(./)(./)SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program. It is useful from the earliest stages of design to the end of construction.Import:
                    More details about SketchUp import on this link
                    Export:
                    More details about saving a SketchUp 3D Model File on this link
                    .DAECOLLADA File(./)(./)COLLADA (Collaborative Design Activity) is an interchange file format for interactive 3D applications. COLLADA documents that describe digital assets are XML files, usually identified with a DAE (Digital Asset Exchange) extension.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…
                    .EPXPiranesi File(./)(./)Piranesi is an interactive paint system that enables the user to create artistic images from 3D scenes created using conventional modeling applications. Piranesi uses the proprietary EPX file format.Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…
                    .FACTElectric Image File(./)(./)The Electric Image Animation System (EIAS) is an eminent 3D animation and rendering package. FACT files can be created with this program.Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…In ARCHICAD Fly-Through and Sun Study can be saved into this format.More details about Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    .OBJWavefront File(./)(./)OBJ is a geometry definition file format first developed by Wavefront Technologies. The file format is open and has been adopted by other 3D graphics application vendors. The OBJ file format is a simple data-format that represents 3D geometry alone.Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…
                    .STLStereoLithography File(./)(./)Stereolithography (SL) is one of several methods used to create 3D-printed objects. STL (Standard Tessellation Language) is one such file type and is the language most commonly used for stereolithography.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…More details about ARCHICAD and StereoLithography collaboration on this link
                    .U3DUniversal 3D File(./)(./)U3D (Universal 3D) is a file format for 3D data. It is a standardized 3D data format with the purpose of facilitating 3D data exchange among programs of various kinds.Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…More details about U3D on this link
                    .TMATwinmotion File(./)(./)Twinmotion is a real-time 3D immersion software developed for the Windows OS that is changing the way designers and engineers interact with their models.The Twinmotion add-on for ARCHICAD allows you to export a TMA version of your ARCHICAD project.
                    The add-on is installed by default in ARCHICAD. More details about Twinmotion on this link
                    .WRLVRML File(./)(./)VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) is a standard file format for representing 3D interactive vector graphics. VRML files are in plain text and have the WRL extension.Export:
                    Available only in 3D Window
                    File > Save as…In ARCHICAD Fly-Through and Sun Study can be saved into this format.More details about Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    Vector Graphic.PDFPortable Document Format File(./)(./)Import/Export:
                    More details on this link. Photo Rendering can be also saved to this format.
                    .DWFDrawing Web Format File(./)(./)DWF is a secure file format developed by Autodesk for the efficient distribution and communication of rich design data to anyone who needs to view, review, or print design files.Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…
                    .EPSPost Script File(./)(./)Since version 10, ARCHICAD no longer supports this format.
                    Image.BMPBitmap Image Format(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    Export:
                    File > Save as… Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study can be also saved to this format. More details aboutPhoto Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    .DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .JPEGJoint Photographic Experts Group File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study can be also saved to this format. More details aboutPhoto Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    .JPGJoint Photographic Experts Group File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .JPEJoint Photographic Experts Group File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .JFIFJPEG File Interchange Format(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .JP2JPEG 2000 Image(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .GIFGraphics Interchange Format(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    Export:
                    File > Save as… Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study can be also saved to this format. More details aboutPhoto Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    .TIFFTagged Image File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    Export:
                    File > Save as… Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study can be also saved to this format. More details aboutPhoto Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    .TIFTagged Image File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…
                    .PNGPortable Network Graphics Format(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…Photo Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study can be also saved to this format. More details aboutPhoto Rendering, Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    .PCTMacintosh Picture Image File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .ICOWindows Icon File(./)(./)Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .HDRHigh Dynamic Range Image File(./)(./)In HDR image format raster images or digital photos can be saved.Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .EXIFExchangeable Image File Format(./)(./)EXIF is based on JPEG, stores the image information, but additional metadata as well, such as date, time, camera settings etc.Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    .LWILightworks Image File(./)(./)LWI is an image file format developed by Lightworks Design Ltd.Import:
                    Can be linked into ARCHICAD as Drawing
                    PointCloud.XYZPoint Cloud File(./)(./)The Point Cloud XYZ file format have 6 data (3 coordinates and 3 RGB data).Import:
                    File > Interoperability > Import Point Clouds
                    .E57Point Cloud File(./)(./)E57 files can be imported into ARCHICAD to display Point Clouds in floor plan, section, elevations or 3D.Import:
                    File > Interoperability > Import Point Clouds
                    Video.MP4MP4 Movie File(./)(./)Export:
                    Document > Creative Imaging > Create Fly-Through…/Create Sun Study… More details about Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    .MOVApple QuickTime Movie File(./)(./)Export:
                    Document > Creative Imaging > Create Fly-Through…/Create Sun Study… More details about Fly-Through and Sun Study
                    Metafiles.WMFWindows Metafile(./)(./)Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…
                    .EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile(./)(./)Import:
                    File > Open > Open…
                    Export:
                    File > Save as…
                    Documentation.DOCMicrosoft Word Document Format(./)(./)Export:
                    Available only in Schedule Window
                    File > Save as… Interactive Schedules can be saved to this file format.
                    .XLSMicrosoft Excel Worksheet Format(./)(./)Import/Export:
                    More details on this linkInteractive Schedules, Energy Performance Reports can be saved to this file format.‘Mass property value import’ functionality is a semi-automated way to import data from an Excel worksheet into Interactive Schedules. More details about ‘Mass property value import’ on this link
                    .XLSXMicrosoft Excel Worksheet Format(./)(./)Import/Export:
                    More details on this link Interactive Schedules, Energy Performance Reports can be saved to this file format.‘Mass property value import’ functionality is a semi-automated way to import data from an Excel worksheet into Interactive Schedules. More details about ‘Mass property value import’ on this link
                    .TXTText File(./)(./)Import/Export:
                    More details on this link Interactive Schedules, Lists, Energy Performance Reports can be saved to this file format.
                    .PLTHPGL Plot File(./)(./)Plotter drivers shipped with ARCHICAD all use the HPGL vector-graphic language.Export:
                    File > Interoperability > Merge… More details about Plot on this link.
                    .LICBinary List Criteria File(./)(./)Import:
                    More details on this link Can be added to ARCHICAD as a library part in Library Manager.
                    .LISList Setup File(./)(./)Import:
                    More details on this link Can be added to ARCHICAD as a library part in Library Manager.
                    .PHPPPassive House Planning Package(./)(./)PHPP is the official Excel Workbook created by the Darmstadt Passivhaus Institute, to calculate the energy demands of Passivhouse projects.Export:
                    More details on this link.
                    .GBXMLGreen Building XML File(./)(./)The industry standard Green Building XML format (gbXML) is recognized by several energy analysis applications such as Green Building Studio, Ecotect or IES.Export:
                    More details on this link.

                    Your Solidworks 2018 could export

                    2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - File Types

                • Re: Export  to DWG 3D
                  Paul Salvador

                  Hello Sandra,.. for OBJ.. go here...

                  Free Solidworks OBJ Exporter v2.0

                  • Re: Export  to DWG 3D
                    Chris Dordoni

                    Do you need DWG or would DXF work?  Meshlab, and/or CloudCompare both free and allow STL import and DXF format export

                    • Re: Export  to DWG 3D
                      J. Mather

                      If you Save As ACIS (*.sat) be sure to set Options for Version 7.0 to be read into any Autodesk product.

                      ACIS.PNG