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.obj to AutoCAD...?

.obj to AutoCAD...?

Postby Maso » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:19 pm

Will I be able to import the .obj mesh files that I make with David software into my AutoCAD 2004...?

This is important to me.
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Re: .obj to AutoCAD...?

Postby Maso » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:11 pm

Hummm... :?

Doesn't anybody here know what to tell me...? :?:
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Re: .obj to AutoCAD...?

Postby pottersfriend » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:20 am

I think David (the full version) will save .obj, .stl, and .ply file types. I don't believe Autocad will directly import any of these type, but I'm no expert with all of Autocad's features. I think your best bet would be to use the freely available MeshLab software that would allow you to open and refine the David files then save them as a dxf. I tried a quick test using Autocad 2011 Mechanical student version and it seemed to work.
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Re: .obj to AutoCAD...?

Postby Maso » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:03 pm

Thank you, Friend...!

So, the short answer is to convert my mesh into a .dwf format any way that I can, I get it now. Or, I could buy the complete David package which I may do after I have evaluated it.

Is the MeshLab software the same, or almost the same as the "Blender" program which I have for free now...? If not, where do I get a MeshLab download...?

And thank you for taking the time to experiment on my berhalf with your student version of AutoCAD 2011, that was thoughtfull.
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Re: .obj to AutoCAD...?

Postby bartjuan » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:43 pm

meshlab is awesome but a bit intimidating. It is not designed for ease of use exactly.

from meshlab you can export a DXF for autocad. You will get a 3d face for each face of your model.
if you want a solid model, that is a whole different issue.
You will need something that can convert a closed mesh to a solid. Autocad has some rudimentary ability but if your dealing with thousands of faces it will be a problem.
I use FormZ (not cheap) and it does a pretty god job, plus it exports to ACIS .sat files for Autocad.

good luck, let us know if you have more issues.

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