Layout, section and 3D points in AutoCAD
In this tutorial, we show you how to import PointCab results in AutoCAD. For this purpose, we create a plan and a section out of our sample data set and export additional 3D points.
Please check before whether you have activated the creation of a *.DWG file in PointCab. For this purpose, please select the menu File > Project Settings > tab General and select DWG as export option.
Output option DWG in project settings
No, you can create the results in PointCab, In our example, we create a layout and a section.
Creation of layout and section in PointCab
In this example, the points of the course of the roof are additionally required. Thus, we create a top view of the roof. Activate our 3D Points module to select the required points:
Activate our 3D-Points module
Der roof’s schape or the selected points can be exported as a DWG file via the Job Editor.
Export of 3D points as DWG
Save the 3D points in the same directory in which the already created results have been saved. In our example, the results are saved in PointCab_Results -> Orthophotos.
Save 3D points in the same directory
Start AutoCAD now:
Save the drawing file in the same directory in which the PointCab results have been saved:
Save AutoCAD drawing file
In case of an already existing drawing file, you have to copy the PointCab results into the existing directory. For this purpose, you should always copy the *.dwg file together with the respective folder * _results. For more information, have a look at our general tutorials at Transfer of DWG files.
Save AutoCAD drawing file in PointCab directory
Now, we can import the PointCab results. For this purpose, please enter the command INSERT into the lower command line.
Import of the PointCab results
The “Insert” menu is opened. After selecting the button Browse, you select the file to be imported.
Please notice the options for insertion (orange-highlighted area in the image):
First, we insert our layout into our drawing. By selecting the function Zoom / Range, the layout is placed in the center.
Use the same command to import all other results. Simply enter INSERT into the command line and select the respective file.
Import further results using the command INSERT
Here, you have the shape of the roof:
3D points of the roof shape
At last, there is the section:
Imported section in AutoCAD
With the command 3DORBIT, you can have a look at the overall result.
Command 3DORBIT for rotating the workspace in 3D
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