What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?

The Short Answer

Scan To CAD is available in two packages: SketchUp ($29 per scan, and includes a .skp, .dwg, and .dae file) and Revit ($39 per scan, and includes a .rvt and .dwg 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 two packages: SketchUp ($29 per scan, and includes a .skp, .dwg, and .dae file) and Revit ($39 per scan, and includes a .rvt and .dwg 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 pretty plug and play, and you can learn more about how the two programs work seamlessly together (including our interview on the SketchUp blog!) here.

Revit: Your .rvt file should open up right in Revit, design-ready, with all the groupings, layers, etc. that you would expect if you made the file yourself. For Revit users incorporating Canvas into a BIM workflow, our Revit output is targeted at a LOD 200 specification.

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. 

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. 

Chief Architect: We have not tested Chief Architect thoroughly ourselves, but we have had customers report success by importing the .dae file generated by Canvas as a "3D symbol," and then using that as a reference to  rebuild  the model using "Chief doors," "Chief windows," etc. We also have heard of customers using the CAD To Walls tool to bridge the gap. Both methods appear to be faster than converting from manual, hand-written measurements, but it isn't quite as plug and play as other programs.

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 downlouad 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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