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A method for importing DWG into FormIt 360

Posted in images, iOS, dwg by Tom Vollaro 3 years ago

A common question we receive is "Can I import a DWG file into FormIt 360?" While we do not yet have a DWG import feature, I thought of a bit of a workaround: fill regions of your DWG so that they can be exported as surfaces. This method will work well for site plans where you want to extrude areas of the site. There are two ways, depending on your approach and which platform you prefer to use (tablet or web.)

1. 2D Surfaces

This method requires use of the iPad version

  1. Open your DWG in AutoCAD
  2. Select a portion or the entire drawing
  3. Run the REGION command - which will fill in all enclosed regions
  4. Save as > Other CAD Formats > SAT
  5. Upload the SAT file to your A360 Drive
  6. open FormIt on your iPad and import the SAT file. Boom! you have a site plan with all of the filled regions as 2D Surfaces[gallery link="none" ids="1986,1977,1980"]

2. 3D extrusions

Assuming this is a site plan where you will want the regions to be slightly extruded anyway, you could replace step 3 above with the EXTRUDE command, give a specified thickness, and then export a portion of, or the entire, drawing to STL. STL files can be drag n' dropped right onto the Web app to import them. Extrusions imported as STL Give this method a try and let us know on our forum how it works for you.

Comments:

Tobias Hathorn a year ago

There is native DWG import in the FormIt for Windows app now! This is an older blog post which is now out of date.

Mauricio   Wed Sep 13 2017 10:29:26 GMT+0000 (UTC)

No import DWG directly? Why? That's the way SketchUp is winning.

Mauricio a year ago

No import DWG directly? Why? That's the way SketchUp is winning.

tobias a year ago

Quite soon Dan - stay tuned - and look out for our webinar scheduled for a couple weeks from today!

DanR   Fri Apr 07 2017 16:28:31 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hi there, any updates on when can we expect the import dwg option? The tool is great, but this feature is a must really!

DanR a year ago

Hi there, any updates on when can we expect the import dwg option? The tool is great, but this feature is a must really!

Mike a year ago

Any news on the DWG import tool?

Tobias Hathorn   Thu Nov 03 2016 15:53:25 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Thanks for the great guidance Craig - We're working on the DWG import aspect now - look for updates here in the next few months. Please keep us posted on what else you think FormIt needs, we love the interaction with our customers.

Craig   Thu Nov 03 2016 10:43:54 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hi,

FormIt is looking like it could be a great tool. The only reason I'm not transitioning my office from SketchUp to FormIt is, no DWG import and no direct Google terrain import.

Is there a plan to introduce these tools? To be honest, these are the only reasons anyone in our office uses SketchUp. Fix this and you'll get higher adoption.

Todd a year ago

This failed miserably. The walls do not come in on the .sat file format.

Tobias Hathorn 2 years ago

Thanks for the great guidance Craig - We're working on the DWG import aspect now - look for updates here in the next few months. Please keep us posted on what else you think FormIt needs, we love the interaction with our customers.

Craig   Thu Nov 03 2016 10:43:54 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hi,

FormIt is looking like it could be a great tool. The only reason I'm not transitioning my office from SketchUp to FormIt is, no DWG import and no direct Google terrain import.

Is there a plan to introduce these tools? To be honest, these are the only reasons anyone in our office uses SketchUp. Fix this and you'll get higher adoption.

Craig 2 years ago

Hi,

FormIt is looking like it could be a great tool. The only reason I'm not transitioning my office from SketchUp to FormIt is, no DWG import and no direct Google terrain import.

Is there a plan to introduce these tools? To be honest, these are the only reasons anyone in our office uses SketchUp. Fix this and you'll get higher adoption.

Charles Berteaux Iv 2 years ago

Can't wait to be able to import .dwg files directly

:(

Alasdair Morgan 3 years ago

This is a great idea but you need to make it easier.

  1. Finding the site great.
  2. Dropping in the survey if you have one impossible.
  3. Didn't get to that stage went back to cad.
Tom Vollaro 2016-01-04 15:08:44

We do not have direct DWG import, you have to use the workarounds outlined in this blog post.

Truc 2015-12-29 18:31:27

Can't seem to get a .dwg or .sat file to import into FormIT.

Tom Vollaro 3 years ago

We do not have direct DWG import, you have to use the workarounds outlined in this blog post.

Truc 2015-12-29 18:31:27

Can't seem to get a .dwg or .sat file to import into FormIT.

Truc 3 years ago

Can't seem to get a .dwg or .sat file to import into FormIT.

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