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Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 12:15:06 PM | Exporting Line Drawings




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I have a 3d perspective I am trying to export as a 2d line drawing.  Ideally I would be able to get a vector drawing that I could take into Illustrator but we I export a 3d view from the sheet the quality is horrible.  The regions are interpreted as solids and lines show up all over the place.  Is there any way to refine this a bit a get a usable export? They are both Autodesk applications so I would think they would play better together.  The other problem is if I just try to create a 2d raster the regions don't show up in a perspective view.  It there a way to regoins to show up we exporting a 2d persepctive?

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Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 8:43:19 AM | Exporting Line Drawings




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First, I'm not sure why exporting the perspective view from Revit to AutoCAD isn't working for you because I just tried it (using Revit Architecture 2009) and it worked fine.  Exporting from any 3D view gave me a complete 3D model, not 2D like you're asking for, so I needed to put it on a sheet and export from there.  The graphics style didn't change the result (I tried hidden line and shaded with edges).  I ended up with a 2D line drawing composed of lines, polylines, and hatches with polyface meshes for trees and shrubs (which I could explode/flatten down to lines).  The only problem I could foresee someone having with this process is that all of the glass is solid and nothing that shows up through the glass was exported.  I've attached a screenshot of my result .

Second, if this isn't working at all for you, you can print to PDF and import the PDF into Illustrator.  As long as you print the PDF using vector graphics (so no shaded views), the PDF you import into Illustrator should be lines and not raster graphics.  If you don't have access to Adobe PDF, there are free PDF printing programs out there; the one I've been using is CutePDF.

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