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Exporting to AutoCAD

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Exporting to AutoCAD

As popular as Revit is, AutoCAD is still very prevalent in the building industry. As a result, there may come a time in your projects when you're faced with having to export a portion of, or all of, your project to a format that AutoCAD can understand. Depending on the needs of the recipient, exporting to DWF, covered in an earlier movie, is one option. However, Revit is also capable of exporting directly to AutoCAD's native DWG format. In this movie, we'll look at the steps for preparing an AutoCAD export. So I'm in a file called Export to AutoCAD, and I'm looking at a Level 1 Floor Plan at the moment. And I'm going to go my Application menu, and under Export, at the top I have CAD Formats and if I slide over there, you'll see that in addition to DWG, we can actually export to DXF, MicroStation DGN, and even ACIS 3D SAT files.

Exporting to AutoCAD

As popular as Revit is, AutoCAD is still very prevalent in the building industry. As a result, there may come a time in your projects when you're faced with having to export a portion of, or all of, your project to a format that AutoCAD can understand. Depending on the needs of the recipient, exporting to DWF, covered in an earlier movie, is one option. However, Revit is also capable of exporting directly to AutoCAD's native DWG format. In this movie, we'll look at the steps for preparing an AutoCAD export. So I'm in a file called Export to AutoCAD, and I'm looking at a Level 1 Floor Plan at the moment. And I'm going to go my Application menu, and under Export, at the top I have CAD Formats and if I slide over there, you'll see that in addition to DWG, we can actually export to DXF, MicroStation DGN, and even ACIS 3D SAT files.

So there are a few different file formats that we can do. The process is actually going to be similar in each one. I'm going to focus in this movie on DWG, so I'm going to click that. And the dialog that displays has a variety of options, so let's walk through a few of them. At the top right hand of the dialog, we'll see something similar here that we saw when we were exporting DWF files. We can choose here whether we want to export the current view or sheet only, in which case we'd get a very simple list, or if we do the In session view/sheet, we get the same options we had with DWF.

We can choose from the available views in our file, the sheets, all of them, or some predetermined set that we might have saved. Now, in this case, I'm going to choose all the views and sheets, and I'm going to be a little more selective. Instead of doing the entire set of sheets, I'm going to pick just the views that my recipient needs to see. So I'm going to scroll down here a little bit, and I want the Aerial View, 3D View, and I'm going to scroll down and choose the A1 - Floor Plans sheet.

Now, before I click Next, I want to come up here, and you'll notice there is Export Setup. It says "in session export setup," so we're getting the default when we see that. There's a little Browse button right here and when I click on that, we get this very detailed, and sometimes scary- looking, dialog that appears here. It would obviously take me too much time to go through each and every setting here, but what I'm going to do is just sort of scan through a few of them and give you a flavor of what's possible. This is an incredibly powerful dialog. No doubt that if you've been working in the architectural industry for a while, and particularly if you've been using AutoCAD for a while, you know that there are an awful lot of standards out there.

People have standards for layers, they have standards for line types, line styles and so on. What this dialog is going to allow us to do is map the objects in Revit to the closest- available corresponding object in AutoCAD. Now AutoCAD doesn't have walls or roofs or stairs; AutoCAD has lines, arcs, and circles. So those lines, arcs, and circles are organized onto layers. This first tab is probably the most important, because what you'll see here is every category in our Revit project is listed here and then in a layer column here--let me just widen this up a little bit-- you'll see a suggested layer name.

Now, those layer names are based on the American Institute of Architects Standard, which is also the US National CAD Standard. If you click here, there are some other layer standards that are available. So if I'm not using AIA layering, if I want to use the British Standard, I can select this. It's going to warn me. I'm going to say Yes and you see how it will swap out all of the layer names to British Standard. And I'm going to go back to AIA, say Yes again. So these standards built in already makes your work certainly a lot easier if you're using one of those standards because otherwise, this is a pretty extensive list.

So if you need to customize it, you better set aside some time. Next, we have lines. Here, we can take the line types in Revit and map them to corresponding line types in AutoCAD. The default is just to automatically generate a line type, but if you've got an AutoCAD line type that you want it to map to, you can choose it there. We can do similar things with our hatch patterns, similar things with our text styles. We can tell it to use just the default AutoCAD colors or all of the True color palette, depending on how you want to have things set up in AutoCAD.

If you're exporting 3D--which we are; one of our views is 3D-- we can choose to export that as solids or as meshes, make any changes on units if necessary, and finally on the General tab, we can do some interesting things like export our rooms as a closed polyline. So I'm going to just make those two simple changes. I'm going to export the rooms as a polyline, and I'm going to export my 3D as solids. I'm going to click OK, and then I'll click Next. And I'll get a name here, Export to AutoCAD, put it on my desktop. And then one last little setting here that's on by default that you want to probably leave on is this Export views on sheets as links and xrefs.

What this means is AutoCAD has a feature called xrefs, or external references, which is almost exactly like the Links feature that we've discussed here in Revit. If I choose that checkbox, then any file that I have that has a link in it, like a sheet with a viewport, it will actually export two DWG files: one for the sheet and another one for the nested AutoCAD file that's inside the viewport, and it will set that up as an xref. So it's a really handy feature. So let's go ahead and click OK and it will do the exporting.

Okay, so that completes the export and now all that remains is for you to zip up the DWG files that were created and send them off to your AutoCAD recipient for them to review.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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