Chief Architect X1




Exporting a 3D Model in DXF/DWG Format

The entire 3D model can be exported from Chief Architect as a 3D file, with all surfaces exported as 3DFACE entities. This file can then be imported by any program that is fully compatible with AutoCAD's 3D .dxf or .dwg format.

To export the 3D model, a 3D view must be active. Make sure that everything to be exported is visible. If you use the delete surfaces tool, the deleted surfaces are not exported.

When the model is ready, select File> Export> 3D Model (DWG/DXF)... . Give the file a name, making sure to save it in the desired location. The 3D model is created.

Layers for 3D DWG/DXF Model

When you export a 3D model, all surfaces are exported as 3DFACE entities. Each entity represents a surface in the 3D model. The entities are placed on layers that are named by Chief Architect. The names currently used by Chief Architect are listed below.

AutoCAD Layer Name

Chief Architect Surface / Object

A-APPL-MAIN

Appliance

A-CASE-CABF

Cabinet Door

A-CASE-CABN

Cabinet Box

A-CASE-CNTR

Cabinet Counter Top

A-CASE-GLAS

Cabinet Glass

A-CASE-SOFF

Soffit

A-CASE-TOEA

Cabinet Toe Area

A-CEIL-BAY

Bay / Bow Window Ceiling

A-CEIL-MAIN

Platform Ceiling

A-CEIL-SLOP

Roof Ceiling

A-DOOR-STND

Door

A-EQPM-DOOR

Window Hardware

A-EQPM-HDWR

Cabinet Hardware

A-FIXT-GLAS

Fixture Glass

A-FIXT-MAIN

Fixture

A-FLOR-BAY

Bay / Bow Window Floor

A-FLOR-MAIN

Platform Floor

A-FOOT-FOOT

Footing Top

A-FRAM-CEIL

Ceiling Framing

A-FRAM-DECK

Deck Framing

A-FRAM-GENL

Framing

A-FRAM-JOIS

Floor Framing

A-FRAM-ROOF

Roof Framing

A-FRAM-TRUS

Truss Framing

A-FRAM-WALL

Wall Framing

A-FURN-MAIN

Furniture

A-GLAZ-DOOR

Door Glass

A-GLAZ-WIND

Window

A-HRAL-BAL

Stair Baluster

A-HRAL-BLST

Railing Baluster

A-HRAL-NWEL

Newel

A-HRAL-RAIL

Handrail

A-CASE-CABD

Cabinet Drawer

A-MASN-FIRE

Fireplace

A-NONE-NONE

Miscellaneous

A-PLAT-RIM

Platform Rim

A-RISR-MAIN

Stair Riser

A-ROOF-EAVE

Roof Soffit

A-ROOF-FASC

Roof Fascia

A-ROOF-MAIN

Roof

A-STRS-RUNR

Stair Runner

A-STRS-TRED

Stair Tread

A-STRS-UNDR

Stair Bottom

A-WALL-BAY

Bay / Bow Window Wall

A-WALL-EXTW

Corner Board

A-WALL-MAIN

Wall

A-WALL-PAPE

Wallcovering

A-WALL-PONY

Pony Wall

A-WDWK-EXTR

Exterior Door / Window Trim

A-WDWK-EXTTRIM

Exterior Sash

A-WDWK-MOLD

Molding

A-WDWK-SHLF

Shelf

A-WDWK-TRIM

Interior Door / Window Trim

C-PROP-CURB

Curb

C-PROP-ROAD

Road

C-PROP-TERA

Terrain

C-PROP-TRFE

Terrain Feature

C-PROP-TRSK

Terrain Skirt

E-ELEC-TRIM

Electrical

DXF Code

Each layer name exported can include a DXF Code from the materials used for items on that layer. If a material has been specified for an item and appears on its surface, the DXF code for the material is included in the layer name. This DXF Code is specified on the General tab of the Plan Material dialog.

These codes are specified in the Plan Material dialog for each Chief Architect material. As you add new materials in this dialog, you can specify an appropriate DXF code for each.


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