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 professional-grade CAD files such as 2D Plans at $0.10/sqft (includes a 2D .pdf, 2D .dwg, and 2D .rvt file), and SketchUp at $0.15/sqft (includes a 3D .skp, 3D .dwg and 3D .dae file), Revit at $0.15/sqft (includes a 3D .rvt, 3D.ifc, and 3D .dwg file), Chief Architect at $0.15/sqft (includes a 3D .plan, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file), or 2020 at $0.15/sqft (includes a 3D .kit, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file). 

These CAD files are fully editable and designed to work with a number of different CAD software which you can find here: What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?  

You can learn more about how Scan To CAD pricing works in detail here: How does Scan To CAD pricing work?

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. 

Here is a typical result for a room:

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, .plan, .kit, 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.