AutoCAD Architecture Toolset 2024 Updates (Part 1)

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AutoCAD Architecture 2024 has provided users with the new AEC3DPRINT command in the Architecture toolset. This command allows for the native export of AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) objects to an STL file format, which is commonly used in 3D printing.

With the AEC3DPRINT command, users can export their architectural models directly to STL without the need to convert them to 3D solids first. This streamlines the process and makes it more efficient for users who are working with 3D printing technologies.

Additionally, improvements to the CUI (Customize User Interface), tool palettes, and templates in the Architecture Toolset. These enhancements are designed to facilitate the migration of custom files and locations, providing users with a smoother transition when updating to the new version.

As an example (Below), an Exported 3D model from Autodesk Revit to AutoCAD Architecture Toolset as an STL file format. This indicates interoperability between different Autodesk software products, allowing users to seamlessly transfer and work with their models across platforms.

It’s great to see these advancements in AutoCAD Architecture, making it more user-friendly and aligned with contemporary design and manufacturing practices, especially in the realm of 3D printing. Users can benefit from improved workflows and better integration between different tools in the Autodesk ecosystem.

It’s not uncommon for certain parameters of Revit elements to be lost or transformed when imported into other CAD software, including AutoCAD Architecture. Each software has its own way of handling BIM (Building Information Modelling) data and object parameters, which can lead to some discrepancies during the conversion process.

When you export a DWG file from Revit and import it into AutoCAD Architecture, the differences in how the two programs handle elements like walls, windows, and doors may result in loss of parametric information. Exploding the 3D DWG further complicates the issue, as it can break down complex BIM elements into simpler entities like lines and hatch patterns.

However, it’s possible to note that you can still manipulate the 3D view in AutoCAD Architecture to continue working, even if the imported elements have lost some of the original parameters. The availability of BIM principles in AutoCAD Architecture to a certain degree allows users to maintain a level of workflow continuity.

Regarding Revit Families (.rfa files), it’s important to be aware that they aren’t automatically converted into smart blocks or dynamic blocks when imported into AutoCAD Architecture. This is because Revit families and AutoCAD dynamic blocks are different in terms of their underlying logic and functionality.

In summary, while the import/export process between Revit and AutoCAD Architecture may involve some loss of parametric information, users can still work with the 3D view in AutoCAD Architecture and leverage available BIM principles to a certain extent. Manual adjustments and further detailing may be required to align the model with the desired outcome.

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