How to import an AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion.

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Introduction.

A question from a customer came up on how to import an AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion. In this blog we look at the process.

Process.

With the release of Lumion 10 a new feature is that the DWG Importer was built into the software so no additional addons need to be installed for the AutoCAD file to be imported into Lumion 10.

How to import a AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion - 5. Download DWG Lumion plugin

To test the import, I created a small AutoCAD Architecture 2020 model and saved it normally.

How to import a AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion - 1. Model in ACA

Here is a Realistic View showing the materials assigned.

How to import a AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion - 2. Showing the material

In Lumion 10 I simply imported the model and the model shows up with most materials.

How to import a AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion - 3. Imported Lumion

For older versions of Lumion prior to version 10 you’ll need to do the following:

In AutoCAD Architecture export the geometry to AutoCAD as below.

How to import a AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion - 4. for older versions of Lumion 10

Also makes sure you have installed the DWG Import Lumion add in from: https://support.lumion.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007649393-Download-Lumion-DWG-plug-in

How to import a AutoCAD Architecture model into Lumion - 5. Download DWG Lumion plugin

 

Conclusion.

The process is very simple for Lumion 10 as you don’t need to install any addins and the file comes in without any problems.  For older releases of Lumion you’ll have to do some more work to export from AutoCAD Architecture to AutoCAD and then also to make sure the DWG Lumion addin has been installed to Lumion.

If you would like more information on Lumion, AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD please contact us at:  https://www.mgfx.co.za/contact

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