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aji2010
11-04-2010, 03:20 AM
Hi guys, I'm a newbie to the forums although I have been using Lightwave for some years.

At work we used to have AutoCAD 2006 which used to be able to export 3D models as 3DS file format. LW Modeller could open 3DS format and bring in AutoCAD drawings in this way.

But now my work place has AutoCAD 2010 and the 3DS export function was removed from version 2007 onwards.

This has left me with no way to get AutoCAD DWGs into Lightwave Modeller. (But hopefully not the case).

Is there a plug-in for version 9 of Lightwave that will enable DWG import?
Or even DXF import?
Or even any of the following formats?
Metafile (*.wmf)
ACIS (*.sat)
Encapsulated PS (*.eps)


Many thanks for any help.

prometheus
11-04-2010, 03:46 AM
You might consider getting Lw cad wich has dxf import along with all the other beutiful stuff.
http://www.wtools3d.com/manual/manual3/assets/video/dxf/dxf.htm

if you cant find a free converter it might work with truespace 7 wich now is a free software, it has dxf import and 3ds export, but I donīt know how well it works or if it works with the latest autocad dxf exports.

http://www.caligari.com/products/trueSpace/ts75/Brochure/specification.asp?Cate=BSpecification

Eps import and export is built in within Lightwave,

If you have Illustrator you should be able to import dxf files and export to eps for lightwave.

I donīt know if thereīs any free separate dxf importer somewhere, but I wouldnīt be surprised if there are.


Michael

-EsHrA-
11-04-2010, 04:11 AM
http://lx-viewer.sourceforge.net/


mlon

prometheus
11-04-2010, 04:17 AM
Google before anything else...
This was the first hit..
free from dstorm, donīt know if it works with lw 9.6 thou

http://www.dstorm.co.jp/dsproducts/lw9/FreePlugins/Object_IO/Import_DXF_2.html

Michael

aji2010
11-04-2010, 05:52 AM
Cheers guys.
Installed the DXF plugin and it works fine.



p.s.
I did try the EPS export/import but it never worked, which lead me to believe it was not a supported file type. I'll have to give this another try in the future.

prometheus
11-04-2010, 06:07 AM
Cheers guys.
Installed the DXF plugin and it works fine.



p.s.
I did try the EPS export/import but it never worked, which lead me to believe it was not a supported file type. I'll have to give this another try in the future.


I beleive you need to export the EPS in the illustrator 8 version eps,
otherwise it will not work or be screwed up.

Michael

brian.coates
11-04-2010, 08:32 AM
I believe you need to export the EPS in the illustrator 8 version eps, otherwise it will not work or be screwed up.
You believe correctly.

wrench
11-04-2010, 02:20 PM
And you need no DXF plugin - DXF, 3DS and OBJs appear in the requester when you hit Load Object, and since 9.5 I think DAE and FBX files do too?

B

archijam
11-04-2010, 05:04 PM
Actually, Autodesk just took the command '3dsout' out of Autocad. Bunch of weirdos :)

But you can (could?) install it again ...

Can't guarantee it will still install in the latest versions.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?linkID=9240618&id=9481286&siteID=123112

Or .. do as i do and gradually shift into Rhino - it has DWG support, command line, and you can even import your acad shortcuts.

Then save as an .LWO ;)

I pretty much use Rhino for 2D cad as well now.

Hopper
11-04-2010, 06:13 PM
And you need no DXF plugin - DXF, 3DS and OBJs appear in the requester when you hit Load Object...
I haven't used the plug-in, but I have used the native DXF import. It's tricky. If the DXF has any "weirdness" about it (i.e. layers, odd text conversions, etc..), it gets pretty mangled. Scaling is always a fight, and sometimes vertices are totally missing for some reason.

Most is correctable with a bit of effort, but it's definitely not perfect by any means.

archijam
11-05-2010, 01:47 AM
Also, you can go via DXF and Accutrans3D (best 20 bucks ever spent) - Wayne may also have commented in the forums on this subject, his input is always detailed and informative. Search the forums for Micromouse.

Here's one thread about it where he weighed in:

http://newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=91930&highlight=dxf

http://www.micromouse.ca/downloads.html

aji2010
11-05-2010, 03:27 AM
Thanks for all the replies.
All very useful.

archijam -
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...&siteID=123112
I had stumbled across this link previously but noticed that this 'add-on' to AutoCAD only applies to versions 2007 and 2008.
AutoDesk completely removed any option of 3DSOUT command from 2009 and 2010.
(As you say, they are a bit wierd!)


The work's firewall will not allow me to install any other software packages but the Lightwave plug-ins download fine and work a treat.
I'll be looking with interest regarding other plug-ins over the course of use.

Cheers.