Chopsaw

Importing Manufactures Symbols Online

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Found some great symbols today but the DXF files are all 2D, any suggestions.  Or any way to convert into a format that can be used in Chief?  The Manual is very explicit on this topic, "If you have 3D data in another format, you must convert it into one these formats first. (.dwg, .dxf, .3ds, .obj, .stl, .dae, and .skp)" but not very helpful  as to how one might go about this.  These are the available formats.

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Chop

Is that the export window of an other programe that contains the symbols? I mean the screen shot you posted above. If so, then you have a 2d DXF and DXF only formats, and I think the later can be imported in to chief as a 3d object. 

Not sure I understand your question though.

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52 minutes ago, yusuf-333 said:

Is that the export window of an other programe that contains the symbols? I mean the screen shot you posted above. If so, then you have a 2d DXF and DXF only formats, and I think the later can be imported in to chief as a 3d object. 

 

Yusuf the shot I posted is the option list given on the Manufactures download page of their website.  Yes you are correct that DXF should work for a 3D object but not in this situation.  Unfortunately DWG and DXF files can be 2D or 3D without any differentiation in  the file extension.  I looked at the 3D.PDF with Adobe and it looked great. Only if there was a good way to convert.

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I'm not sure why there would be 2 DXF files if one wasn't 3D though.  Are you sure you're downloading the correct DXF and using the correct import option (3D symbol vs drawing)??

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I don't have 700 U.S.D. for Sketchup yet but I will try a few more imports from another department to see if something is screwed up.  I was getting a warning about "No 3D faces found in file" so then I imported as Drawing and got a 2d line drawing.

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I think they have something screwed up because the "Auto CAD 2D (.dxf )" and the "DXF file (.dxf )"  are the exact same file size,name, and 2D contents.  I will call them on Monday.

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The extension I pointed you to works with Sketchup Make (free version) and is available as a free trial (full featured).  I actually have that installed right now.  Here's one of those symbols imported into SKP, exported to Chief, and then exported to you as a CALIBZ...

Tee.png

Sanitary tee.calibz

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BTW, the paid version of that extensions is only $79.00.  Well worth it IMO if you need a bunch of those symbols.

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Thank You Michael,  Do you know how long the free trial is good for?

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3 minutes ago, Chopsaw said:

Thank You Michael,  Do you know how long the free trial is good for?

No.  Check it out.  I think it's either 30 days or 30 imports.

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Yup, 30 imports or 2 weeks,  not enough to build a library but enough to make sure it works.  Sounds like a good option.

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25 minutes ago, Alaskan_Son said:

Here's one of those symbols imported into SKP, exported to Chief, and then exported to you as a CALIBZ...

 

This is interesting.  I downloaded your library file and then opened it from explorer and even though I had X9 open already it opened X8 and auto loaded and then when I selected it, got a warning "The selected object could not be loaded. The object may have been written by a later version"  So no problem I will just delete it from my X8 library but NO not a chance, no drag, no right click, just the same warning over and over.

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Try http://pcon-planner.com/en/

 

Unlike SketchUp Make, their terms allow commercial use of the free version of their software.  I have dwg and dxf files associated with p.con Planner and it exports to 3ds, dae, skp, and obj.

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Thanks Jon,  That looks interesting and free which I like. I will check it out some more but with a quick scan it looks like there is no 3D PDF import option that would help me out with my immediate problem.

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