What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?

The Short Answer

Scan To CAD is available in four packages:  2D Floor Plan ($15 per scan, and includes a 2D .pdf, 2D .dwg, and 2D .skp), SketchUp ($29 per scan, and includes a 3D.skp, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file), Revit ($39 per scan, and includes a 3D .rvt, 3D .dwg, and 3D .ifc file), and Chief Architect ($39 per scan, and includes a 3D .plan, 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 is available in four packages:  2D Floor Plan ($15 per scan, and includes a 2D .pdf, 2D .dwg, and 2D .skp), SketchUp ($29 per scan, and includes a 3D.skp, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file), Revit ($39 per scan, and includes a 3D .rvt, 3D .dwg, and 3D .ifc file), and Chief Architect ($39 per scan, and includes a 3D .plan, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file). These file formats can be brought into many major CAD programs (not just SketchUp and Revit!) without issue, but you may need to re-add layers, groupings, or other information depending on the program.

There are tons of other CAD and design programs out there, each with their 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 2018 format for all SketchUp orders. As long as you are using SketchUp 2018 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 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.

2D Floor Plan: The 2D Floor Plan output is unique in that it is not targeted for a specific program, but 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). The PDF comes with basic overall room dimensions annotated, but you can also pull additional dimensions (and re-export the 2D floor plan using the .skp or .dwg files).

Chief Architect: Your .plan file should open right in Chief Architect, design-ready, with geometry in 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. 

Indirectly Supported

AutoCAD: Your .dwg file (from either Scan To CAD option) should open right in AutoCAD without issue, however there may be certain model organization or information that is better maintained from the Revit output vs. SketchUp (as Revit is also an Autodesk product). Some AutoCAD users are accustomed to receiving AutoCAD files with measurements pre-annotated or in the format of a floor plan, and are a little surprised when the file opens without these markings. This actually requires a human to decide which lines are important to annotate, which is different for every business, so we leave this to our customers to decide vs. do it ourselves (and create possible confusion). 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.

Customer Tested

AutoCAD LT: We have not thoroughly tested AutoCAD LT, but we have heard from customers that because AutoCAD LT is not made for 3D files, the .dwg can be harder to work with.

AutoCAD Architecture: We have not thoroughly tested AutoCAD Architecture ourselves, but we have had customers use Scan To CAD in conjunction with it. 

20/20: We have not thoroughly tested 20/20, but we do know that you can import the .dwg output from Scan To CAD into 20/20 directly, and some of our customers have used this workflow to use Canvas in conjunction with 20/20. 

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. 

Vectorworks: We have not thoroughly tested importing Canvas data into Vectorworks ourselves, so we recommend you download our sample data package and see if it will fit with your workflow.  

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

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