Can I use AutoCAD?

Discussion in 'Design and Modeling' started by bklyn, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. bklyn
    bklyn New Member
    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
     
  2. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Using AutoCAD, you should be able to export STL or Collada, both acceptable file formats for uploading to Shapeways.
     
  3. bklyn
    bklyn New Member
    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.
     
  4. JACANT
    JACANT Well-Known Member
    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.
     
  5. bklyn
    bklyn New Member
    Thanks Jacant!
     
  6. JACANT
    JACANT Well-Known Member
    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