Join Irene Radcliffe for an in-depth discussion in this video Export to AutoCAD, part of Learning FARO PointSense Plant.
- [Instructor] Now that we have some pipe modeled, what do you want to do with it? Do you want to create just a solid so that you can see it in your AutoCAD model? Do you want to bring it into a CAD design program like cadworks or AUTO PLAN, and create intelligent models for redesign? Or do you want to use it for tie points? To do any of these, we're going to take the Kubit shapes that we modeled, and export them to AutoCAD solids that can be viewed by anybody using AutoCAD. So let's go ahead and open our exercise file. From Desktop, Exercise Files, and we're looking for Chapter 07_07.
Okay, so we're back to our pipe run here. So we've gone ahead and applied constraints, so that we know this is all nicely square and orthogonal, and we have everything connected. So now to continue to export, we're going to export this using the function up in your pipe and beams in the top right-hand corner. First, we're going to take a look at the properties of the components that we have here. I'm going to right-click and look at the properties. So this is telling me that it's a Kubit plant pipe shape. We have a little bit of information here, we have a long description, and we have a spec.
I'm going to go ahead and look at the valve, too. And you can see it's a Kubit plant fixture. We can see the long description here, and the spec. But these aren't visible to anybody who's not using PointSense. If we want to have this visible to anybody using AutoCAD, we convert this to AutoCAD solid, and then we don't have to worry about these proprietary shapes. So to do that, we're going to come up to our Export function. Now I'm going to export to AutoCAD. So I'm going to do Export names to text, and what that's going to do is it's going to actually tag every component that we're exporting so that we have a description of what each component is, with a long description and the specs included.
We're going to export as a polylines. We're going to create a center line, so that we can actually use the center lines to model, using a 3D CAD program. And we're going to export a 3D solid as well. You have the option to keep the Kubit shape or erase that. I'm going to erase that so that we just have a clear view on the AutoCAD solids. So I'm going to say okay. I'm going to pick a piece of pipe, or a fitting on that run, hit Okay. Just like when we apply constraints, if it all turns green, you're good to go.
And take a look at what we have. So if I now look at the same piece of pipe, if I do a right-click and look at the properties, you can see we're looking at a 3D solid now. So this is just a regular AutoCAD solid. But we don't have any descriptive information here. Instead, what's happened is, when the shape was created in AutoCAD, it created a descriptive text that sits right on that component. So if you have to model this using AUTO PLANT or cadworks, your designer knows what the spec is, knows that that's a 10" seamless pipe, and it's an ASME B36.10.
So that might save them a little bit of time, they can then go set that up into their cats and specs, and model that pipe using their own custom specs in whatever piping design program they want. And that goes for everything, every component there has a long description. Now these can be customized, you can use different texts, make it a little bit cleaner, but that's a little bit more advanced for the course we're looking at. So just out of the box, that's what we have. But just so you understand that you can make changes to this once you become more advanced with the software.
So if I delete this shape and if I take all the AutoCAD shapes off, you'll notice that we have the center lines underneath as well. So if I'm modeling in cadworks or AUTO PLANT, I can just export the center line, and then just use these to fit my pipe, and model right over top and get the exact placement, the right elevations, and the right rotations. Now that all our pipe runs have been exported to AutoCAD, we're ready to bring the piping into our own 3D design CAD program to continue modeling.
- PointSense Plant overview
- Preparing your project
- Using the section tools
- Using the digitize tools
- Scan navigation
- Piping and steel processes
- Applying constraints
- Exporting to AutoCAD and Plant 3D