What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?

The Short Answer

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).

You can download our sample data package here to experiment with real, Canvas-generated CAD models for yourself!

The Long Answer

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).

There are tons of other CAD and design programs out there, each with its own idiosyncrasies and unique workflows. We recommend downloading our sample data package here and experimenting with real, Canvas-generated CAD for yourself. Please reach out to support@canvas.io if you are interested in being notified about support for a particular program.

Directly Supported

SketchUp: Your .skp file should open right in SketchUp, design-ready, with all the groupings, layers, etc. that you would expect as if you made it yourself. Using Canvas with SketchUp should be very plug and play, and you can learn more about how the two programs work seamlessly together (including our interview on the SketchUp blog!) here

  • Version: For the convenience of customers who may not upgrade right away, we save SketchUp files in formats 1-2 years older than the latest version, and we currently output to SketchUp 2020 format for all SketchUp orders. As long as you are using SketchUp 2020 or later, this should have no effect on usage of your 3D model besides that you may see a notification that the file was saved in an older version of the program than your own. 

Revit: Your .rvt file should open right in Revit, design-ready, in the correct families, and overall function as if you made it yourself. For Revit users incorporating Canvas into a BIM workflow, our Revit output is targeted at a LOD 200 specification. 

  • Version: As Revit files can not be "saved down," our Revit output is always output in the oldest version available from Autodesk which is currently Revit 2018.

Chief Architect: Your .plan file should open right in Chief Architect, design-ready, with geometry in the correct elements as if you made it yourself (i.e., doors are doors, walls are walls, etc). 

  • Version: As Chief Architect does not make earlier versions of its software available, Chief Architect files are always made in the latest version available. 

2020: Your .kit file should open right up in 2020, design-ready, organized as if you built it from scratch.

  • Version: At this time, we output 2020 files for 2020 Design Live v12. Unfortunately, these files will not open in older versions.

2D Floor Plan: The 2D Floor Plan output is not targeted for a specific program, which is why a .pdf is included and meant to create an easy-to-share, easy-to-consume view of the space that requires no special software (most computers and devices can read a PDF file). Additionally, our 2D files should open right up in AutoCAD (2013 or later) without issue. Your 2D files will also include annotated dimensions.

Indirectly Supported

AutoCAD: Our 2D output includes a .dwg file that should open right in AutoCAD 2013 and newer without issue. It should also be noted that AutoCAD files are delivered in inches, so you may want to re-scale the model you receive depending on your preferences. 

ARCHICAD: We have not thoroughly tested ARCHICAD ourselves, but we have worked with their team and are outputting IFC files that should be easier to work with. We are actively seeking out feedback on this file since it's a newer offering (with our Revit orders), so feel free to reach out for a sample file if you'd like to test it and provide feedback.

Home Designer Pro: Home Designer Pro is a slimmed down version of Chief Architect, which is directly supported by Scan To CAD. We have enabled our Chief Architect files to be compatible with Home Designer Pro, but depending on your version of Home Designer Pro, you may run into certain limitations using Chief Architect files. Please see Home Designer Pro's breakdown here. Regardless of version, you will see a dialog box when opening the file informing you that the model was not created in Home Designer Pro, but if your version of Home Designer Pro supports Chief Architect files, you will have no problem manipulating such files generated by Canvas's Scan To CAD service.

Vectorworks: We have not thoroughly tested Vectorworks ourselves, but we have heard from multiple customers that the .dwg file generated by our 2D Floor Plan output works well with the program.

AutoCAD LT: We have not thoroughly tested AutoCAD LT, but we have validated the 2D .dwg file from our 2D Floor Plan output with AutoCAD users. We are unaware of any issues using the 2D .dwg file from the 2D Floor Plan output with AutoCAD LT. 3D .dwg files generated from other outputs, however, may not work well with AutoCAD LT as the product is not optimized for 3D use.

AutoCAD Architecture: We have not thoroughly tested AutoCAD Architecture, but we have validated the 2D .dwg file from our 2D Floor Plan output with AutoCAD users. We are unaware of any issues using the 2D .dwg file from the 2D Floor Plan output with AutoCAD Architecture. We have heard of some customers using the 3D .dwg (from other output options) with AutoCAD Architecture, but we recommend validating this workflow yourself with our sample data package

Customer Tested

Solidworks: We have seen customers import both the .obj files for the scans as well as the Scan To CAD .dwg output into Solidworks. The .dwg file is unlikely to maintain the model information and organization required to edit and manipulate the model, but you can use it as a reference to rebuild it in Solidworks. 

Xactimate: We have not thoroughly investigated Xactimate, but it doesn't seem like you are able to import third-party data into Xactimate.