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Cannot import 3D DWG file from AutoCad 2012.

Chazz
Enthusiast
I can see the 3D data in other apps (eDrawings, AutoCad WS, ProgeCAD Viewer DWG) and I can import the file as a 2D drawing but I cannot get the 3D data across.

Any insights?

Here's the file:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B5wwAtvpmHgrc2tQQVpOZW90Z1U
Nattering nabob of negativism
2019 MBP
(2022 MBP M1 still in the box)
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Erika Epstein
Booster
Did you try saving it as a 3D dwg?
Or merging the file?
Erika
Architect, Consultant
MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch Yosemite 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Mac OSX 10.11.1
AC5-18
Onuma System

"Implementing Successful Building Information Modeling"

Chazz
Enthusiast
Definitely tried the Merge method and get a message saying "No Elements Were Created"

I'm not the author of the file so cannot "save it as a 3D dwg". But i know it is 3D because I can see it in dwg viewer apps.
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Nattering nabob of negativism
2019 MBP
(2022 MBP M1 still in the box)

Erika Epstein
Booster
Chazz,
Try bringing in the file as a library part.
Erika
Architect, Consultant
MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch Yosemite 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Mac OSX 10.11.1
AC5-18
Onuma System

"Implementing Successful Building Information Modeling"

Erika Epstein
Booster
I'm having trouble downloading the file from both firefox and safari.
Do you want to email it to me?
Erika
Architect, Consultant
MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch Yosemite 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Mac OSX 10.11.1
AC5-18
Onuma System

"Implementing Successful Building Information Modeling"

Erika Epstein
Booster
Chazz,
I did get it downloaded and opened it in 15. There are about a dozen polygon error messages that I clicked to ignore.
Erika
Architect, Consultant
MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch Yosemite 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Mac OSX 10.11.1
AC5-18
Onuma System

"Implementing Successful Building Information Modeling"

Chazz
Enthusiast
Thanks for all your help Erika. This remains a mystery to me. I did a New and Rest, even installed a fresh version of AC15 without any add-ons to test. Nothing worked. I even asked the author of the file to provide a few different formats (DXF, DXF Block). Exasperating.
Nattering nabob of negativism
2019 MBP
(2022 MBP M1 still in the box)

Anonymous
Not applicable
Hi Chazz,

I managed to open the file successfully using the 'File'> 'Libraries & Objects'> 'Open Object' method, and convert it to a library part with no errors.

The 'trick' was in the dwg translator. Under the 'Open Extras' section there is a checkbox labelled 'Convert to GDL Object'. With this ticked and the correct unit in 'Drawing Unit' selected (inches seemed to work for me) it created a library part.

Be aware that it has 186,000 polygons and does take some time to convert and save. It even crashed ArchiCAD once when converting, but I think the machine ran out of memory (32bit fail! )

Also note the resulting library part is nearly 39MB in size!

Hope that helps.
dwg_3d_conversion1.jpg

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