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Can I use AutoCAD? [message #54503] Wed, 26 September 2012 11:49 UTC Go to next message
avatar bklyn  is currently offline bklyn
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Hi,
Can I use AutoCAD to create a design file for use here on Shapeways? If yes, I'm assuming it'd have to be converted into a format other than AutoCAD's file format (dwg), so what would that be?

Thanks for your help!

Cheers,
Brian
Re: Can I use AutoCAD? [message #54505 is a reply to message #54503 ] Wed, 26 September 2012 13:04 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Using AutoCAD, you should be able to export STL or Collada, both acceptable file formats for uploading to Shapeways.


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Re: Can I use AutoCAD? [message #54506 is a reply to message #54505 ] Wed, 26 September 2012 13:19 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar bklyn  is currently offline bklyn
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Thanks Michael! But I was hoping to hear from someone who has actually had success with an AutoCAD file. I don't want to embark down a road that leads to a dead end.

FYI: An AutoCAD file can be saved as .dxf, or exported as .dwf, .dxx, .eps, .sat, .stl, and .wmf.
Re: Can I use AutoCAD? [message #54517 is a reply to message #54506 ] Wed, 26 September 2012 17:51 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Most of my models including my Chess Set were designed in AutoCad. You just have to make sure everything is a solid by performing 'boolean' commands. Then just export as an stl file.


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Re: Can I use AutoCAD? [message #54556 is a reply to message #54517 ] Thu, 27 September 2012 16:07 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks Jacant!
Re: Can I use AutoCAD? [message #54560 is a reply to message #54556 ] Thu, 27 September 2012 18:23 UTC Go to previous message
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There's a few things you should know before you export. It will give you a smoother model instead of it being faceted. Just type these on the command line.
facetres 10
isolines 0
dispsilh 1


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