3D Modelling

Tuesday Tips - Converting to .dwg

By Rose Barfield 4 min July 3, 2019
Tuesday Tips - Converting to .dwg

Here at Bricsys we love .dwg, we know it's the best file format for all your 2D, 3D and BIM needs, but we also know that there are a lot of other file types out there and sometimes you need to import a file from an external client who uses a different software or from an old model.

Don't worry! BricsCAD allows you to open tons of different file types as standard and then convert them to .dwg.

As standard BricsCAD supports:

  • DWG: Drawing files
  • DAE: Collada files
  • DGN: Microstation design files
  • DXF: Drawing interchange files
  • EMF, WMF, EMZ, WMZ: Windows metafiles
  • PDF: Read more here

Formats available with the BIM add-on:

  • IFC: Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model that describes building and construction industry data
  • RFA: Revit family files of symbols
  • SKP: Sketchup model files

But that's not all!

Why not try a 30-day free trial of the Communicator for BricsCAD? It runs on BricsCAD Pro, Platinum, BIM and Mechanical. The Communicator for BricsCAD enables workflows between different mechanical CAD tools. Seamlessly import geometry & PMI data from all major CAD applications.

Tuesday Tips - Converting to .dwg- import stp

Importing an .stp file. Differential gears, file avalible from GrabCAD

Supported import file types:

  • STE, STP, STEP: Standard for Exchange of Product Data
  • IGS, IGES: Initial Graphics Exchange Specification
  • CATIA V4: Dassault Systems
  • VDA-FS
  • Creo Elements / Pro Engineer

Windows only:

  • CATIA V5: Dassault Systems
  • IAM, IPT: Autodesk Inventor
  • PARASOLID: Siemens PLM Systems
  • PAR, PSM: Solid Edge
  • PRT: NX
  • SLDASM, SLDPRT: Solidworks
  • JT: Siemens

And Export:

  • STE, STP, STEP: Standard for Exchange of Product Data
  • IGS, IGES: Initial Graphics Exchange Specification
  • CATIA V4: Dassault Systems
  • VDA-FS

Windows Only:

  • CATIA V5: Dassault Systems
  • 3D PDF: Adobe

If the imported assembly has physical materials assigned to its parts, the materials can be imported together with the assembly structure. For each material in the imported file, a corresponding material will be created in the target document material library, and its name, density, specific heat and thermal conductivity will be copied from the source material. If the imported file contains several materials with the same name, the first one will be used. If the document already has a material with the same name in its material library, this material will be used instead. Materials copied to the document material library will not be erased in undo operations.

Ready to convert to .dwg?

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Rose Barfield

by Rose Barfield - CAD User Experience & Interface Design Specialist

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Rose is responsible for taking user feedback and improving the BricsCAD product. Before coming to BricsCAD, she was a CAD user and worked in the Automotive, Aerospace, and Defense industries as a Technical Illustrator. She loves finding out how things work, taking them apart, and (hopefully) putting them back together again.

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