You can import or link vector data from other CAD programs into a Revit project.
Supported CAD formats include AutoCAD (DWG and DXF), MicroStation® (DGN), and Trimble® SketchUp® (SKP and DWG).
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About Importing or Linking CAD Files
If you have existing designs created using other CAD software, you can import or link them into a Revit project to use as a starting point for a building model.
About Imported Geometry
When you import a file, the format of the imported file may support varying qualities of geometry. These variations are caused by the file type, the export settings for the originating application, and the Revit import settings.
About Importing ACIS Objects
ACIS objects describe solids or trimmed surfaces. Revit supports the import of ACIS objects contained in DWG, DXF, and SAT files.
About Importing Sketchup Files
You can incorporate a Trimble® SketchUp® design into a Revit project to provide a starting point for the building model.
Import or Link CAD Files
Open a Revit project, and use the Import CAD or Link CAD tools to import or link vector data from other CAD programs.
Import CAD Files Using i-drop Revit supports the Autodesk i-drop® drag-and-drop feature. When i-drop objects are pulled from an i-drop–enabled web page, Revit downloads the file and imports it as if it were pulled from a local file.
Define Scaling for Imported DWG or DXF Files
For imported DWG and DXF files, you can specify the units of measure for the imported geometry, and define a scale factor to achieve the appropriate scale for the Revit project.
Explode Imported Geometry
When you import a drawing into Revit, you are importing all the elements, such as blocks and external references (xrefs) from the drawing. They are all contained inside an element called an import symbol.
Import and Link Options
When you import or link files to the Revit project, you can control many aspects of the process, such as colors, layers, and positioning.
Link a DWF Markup File
You can export a Revit sheet as a DWF file, mark it up electronically using software like Autodesk Design Review, then link the markups back into Revit to see the desired changes in the context of the project.
Modify a DWF Markup
If markups were created in Autodesk Design Review using its markup tools, you can modify the Status and Notes properties in Revit. This feature allows you to add information to the markup or maintain information about its status.
Import SketchUp Files
To incorporate a Trimble® SketchUp® design, import the SKP file into a Revit family. Then load the family into a Revit project.
Limitations of SketchUp Data Imported to Revit Revit treats the data imported from Trimble® SketchUp® as a large block of geometry that resists being manipulated. However, you can change the layer settings from Trimble® SketchUp® to improve the results.