In this video, author Shaun Bryant discusses how to export a sheet view and its viewport from Revit in to an AutoCAD DWG format file.
- We're starting a new chapter now in our course and what we're going to look at is working with exported external references. When you export out to a DWG file from Revit using a Revit Sheet, it exports out the Views, the Viewports and the Sheet by way of a drawing and external references. So let's have a look at that. In this particular chapter I've got the Revit model there for you again, it's officereceptionarea.rvt.
As usual you can download that from the website to use to follow along with these videos. Now you can see that I've opened up the Revit model and it's opened up in the default view which is the 3D, Southeast, Isometric view. You can see that in the project browser on the right. Go down the project browser and you'll see that we have a Ground Floor Plan Sheet, A-100. Double-click on it, and there's our Sheet there, and as you can see we've got the Revit Sheet, and if I click over here, we have a Viewport and you can see there I can activate that View if I want to in the Sheet view.
So you can see there that the contextual tab is kicked in saying Modify Viewports et cetera, in Revit. I'm just going to hit escape to deselect the Viewport I don't want the Viewport selected right now. But what I do want to do is export this View out, so that I can then use it as an AutoCAD drawing. So up to the File tab in Revit 2018, down to Export, and then I go up to the top CAD Formats, and I want it to come out as a DWG. So I click there, and it opens up the DWG Export dialog box.
Now you'll notice it's using the Select Export Setup BS1192 I've saved that in this particular Revit model for you because at the end of the day I'm in the UK and I would export out to CAD into AutoCAD using BS1192 layers, so that's basically what that's going to do for me. I'm going to use the current Viewsheet only, which is my Sheet A-100, you can see it there. And I click on Next, like so. As soon as I click on Next you can see there that it takes me to the Export CAD Formats Save to Target Folder dialog box.
Now you can see that there's no other DWG's in that folder right now, the only DWG that's going in there is the one that I'm exporting. Now you'll notice there's the file name prefix there now I don't need all of that, and I don't actually need to worry about the fact that it's a Sheet either. So I'm just going to rename it like that, A-100. In fact, I could just call it A-100 because Ground Floor Plan is actually on the title block. So I'm just going to call it A-100.dwg. I'm saving it out as a 2013 DWG file.
I can change that there, but it is set as a default in the BS1192 export set for this particular Revit model. And I must make sure that I export the Views on the Sheets, and links as external references. As soon as I click on OK, that will export that out you'll see the little circle go round. That is now exported out to that folder. That's all you need to do for this video. You've exported out the Revit Sheet, and the Viewport out to a DWG file format.
What we'll do in the next video, is we'll go and open up that particular DWG file, and then we'll have a look at how the external references have come in from the Revit Sheet and the Viewport.
- Exporting a CAD drawing from Revit
- Working with Revit CAD layers
- Working with exported XREF data
- Using coordinates
- Setting up text styles
- Editing title blocks
- Saving and plotting the final CAD drawing