I just need a 2D floor plan. Do you produce floor plans?

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. While Scan To CAD traditionally has been geared toward creating 3D models, due to customer demand we've recently opened a beta program for 2D floor plan support. 

You can also create 2D floor plans from both Scan To CAD's other 3D output formats, as well as from the 3D scan itself. 

The Long Answer

Scan To CAD can produce the following possible output bundles:

  • SketchUp (3D model): Includes .skp, .dwg, and .dae
  • Revit (3D model): Includes .rvt, .dwg
  • 2D Floor Plan (2D drawing): Includes .pdf, .skp, and .dwg (all in 2D)

The easiest way to generate a 3D model is by choosing the 2D floor plan option when checking out for your Scan To CAD order, which you can see below:

Important: 2D floor plans are currently in beta, so these orders may take longer than our expected 2-3 day turnaround window during this beta period (though we will always do our best). Pricing and format are also subject to change, and we may decide to discontinue the service if there isn't sufficient demand. 

Please note that 2D floor plan orders do not by default include any 3D model. If you would like to get a 3D model and a 2D floor plan for an order, please email support@canvas.io. Merges are $5 extra per scan, regardless of your file format. 

Here is an example of what a typical 2D floor plan looks like:

You can download several sample 2D floor plan PDFs and the associated CAD files  here.

You can also generate 2D floor plans on your own, either from the scan itself or one our 3D outputs, which we will touch on below. 

SketchUp

1. Open the .skp file in SketchUp.

2. Go to Camera --> Standard Views --> Top

3. Go to Camera --> check "Parallel Projection" instead of Perspective

4. Go to Tools --> Dimensions, and then touch the points for which you want measurements displayed. Repeat until you have annotated all the important measurements.

5. Take a screenshot, or export as a 2D graphic.

Revit

1. Open the .rvt file in Revit

2. Go to Project Browser and expand the Views tab

3. Expand the Floor Plan section under Views

4. Double click on the floor plan level you want to display

AutoCAD

1. Open the .dwg file in AutoCAD.

2. Hit the top-down button in the top right corner.

3. Annotate the dimensions you need (there are multiple ways to do this in AutoCAD)

4. Go to File --> Export and save the drawing as a PDF.

Using the scan in the Canvas app

1. Open the Canvas app on your iPad.

2. Open the scan of the space for which you are looking to generate a floor plan.

3. Extract the measurements one by one that are important for your floor plan. 

4. Draw the plan using the tool of your choice manually.

Since measuring precise points on the 3D mesh can sometimes be difficult, we try to help speed up certain measurements. If you touch two opposing walls, we'll "snap" to the straight, perpendicular distance between those two walls even if you didn't touch the exact right points. If you touch anywhere on the floor and then anywhere on the ceiling, the same thing will happen. For more complicated measurements, you can always use the normal point to point measurement feature.

You can learn more about Scan To CAD's compatibility with various architecture and design programs in general here:  What file formats and programs does Scan To CAD export?

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