What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?

The Short Answer

Scan To CAD can produce files as a 2D Plan at $15/scan (included a 2D .pdf, 2D .dwg, and 2D .skp file), a SketchUp model at $29/scan(includes a 3D .skp, 3D .dwg and 3D .dae file), a Revit model at $39/scan (includes a 3D .rvt, 3D.ifc, and 3D .dwg file), a Chief Architect model at $39/scan (includes a 3D .plan, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file), or a 2020 model at $39/scan (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 files as a 2D Plan at $15/scan (included a 2D .pdf, 2D .dwg, and 2D .skp file), a SketchUp model at $29/scan(includes a 3D .skp, 3D .dwg and 3D .dae file), a Revit model at $39/scan (includes a 3D .rvt, 3D.ifc, and 3D .dwg file), a Chief Architect model at $39/scan (includes a 3D .plan, 3D .dwg, and 3D .dae file), or a 2020 model at $39/scan (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 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 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.

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 x12. Unfortunately, these files will not open in older versions.

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).

Indirectly Supported

AutoCAD: Your .dwg file (from all Scan To CAD options) 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 or any other output (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.

Home Designer Pro: We do allow our files to be opened and edited in Home Designer Pro. However, you may still face a warning message as it wasn't made in Home Designer Pro, and it hasn't been exhaustively tested as an official output format.

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. 

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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