What is Scan To CAD?
The Short Answer
Scan To CAD is a semi-automated service that converts your 3D scans into editable, design-ready, and professional-grade CAD files.
Scan To CAD can produce files as a 2D Plan at $15 per scan (including a 2D .pdf, 2D .dwg, 2D and .skp), SketchUp model at $29 per scan (including a 3D .skp, 3D .dwg and 3D .dae file), Revit model at $39 per scan (including a 3D .rvt, 3D.ifc, and 3D .dwg file), or Chief Architect model at $39 per scan (including a 3D .plan, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file). These file formats can then be taken into many other 3D or CAD programs, which you can learn about here: What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?
The Long Answer
Our built-in Scan To CAD service converts the walls, floors, cabinets, countertops, fireplaces, as well as any part of the architectural shell of the space that is captured into an editable CAD file (any "removable" items like furniture or decoration will be removed in the converted file). The CAD file that is generated is intended to be a blank canvas (pun intended!) from which you can skip all the model set-up and jump right into project-specific work.
Once you order a Scan To CAD conversion, we’ll upload your scans, run them through our conversion pipeline, and then email you the result within roughly two business days. As part of your order, we’ll also send you a cloud-reprocessed, colorized version of your 3D scan — at no extra cost.
Here is an example of a model at each step in the process:
Step 1: On-Device Scan
Step 2: Reprocessed Scan
Step 3: CAD Model
The CAD files are provided in .rvt, .skp, .dwg, .ifc, .dae, or .pdf format depending on your order, and you can then bring those files into your program of choice. You can learn more about the programs we directly vs. indirectly support here: What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?
Example Scan To CAD Results
While we always recommend scanning one room at a time, you can also merge your scans together into a global model of an entire home. For more information on capturing whole homes, please click here.