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08-02-2010, 08:25 AM
Hi guys - is there a walk-thru somewhere to let me know how to export simple wood moulding profiles in LW9.5 to AutoCAD 2009? I saw in CAD help that I could import 3DS or DXF files and I tried that but I get an error message saying Polygons >4 vertices not supported.

I have to make CAD files for architects and they want a side view of the mouldings.

Thank you so much in advance for any help

08-02-2010, 09:02 AM
Here is what it should look like when saved in AutoCAD ...

Thank you again for any help


08-02-2010, 10:09 AM
Multiply, triple
Then export. You can also try the stl exporter:

08-02-2010, 10:32 AM
Thank you so much for your help, rezman. I took all textures off the profile, tripled the object, saved it as a 3Ds file with Apply Rotation checked. In AutoCad, I went to Import File, Added all Available Objects, clicked Ok, but nothing appears on the screen. Any guesses as to what I am doing wrong?

08-02-2010, 10:43 AM
As a go between, I can recommend Accutrans 3D. Best 20 bucks i ever spent :)

08-02-2010, 12:52 PM
Ditto accutrans. (You can try for free) I would try using stl for sure...I'm 90% sure Autocad likes that the best of all the polygonal formats.

If all else fails try the demo of Rhino to convert it.

08-03-2010, 06:11 AM
I have been in touch with the Accutran contact. He is not sure his program can do what I am asking, but I am sending my client the sample he made for me to see if that will work. Thanks for your help guys :)


08-04-2010, 06:49 AM
check out deep exploration.
We use it at work for exporting out solidworks to lightwave, setting materials.
it has a lots of import and export options, and good options to export out illustrations.
there´s a demo 30 days working.



08-04-2010, 07:28 AM
I trust you don't have LWCAD ?

08-04-2010, 04:02 PM
The model converted to a DXF file okay with AccuTrans.

What is required, it seems, is that a profile view of the moulding plus an angle view of the 3D mesh has to be turned into a flat plan view consisting of just lines and curves which an architect can include in a traditional 2D plan view of a building or a room.

If this is the case, LWCad could be used to draw a plan view of the 3D meshes.