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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 1:31:43 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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I have a job that I need to export a finished model in a 3d form that cant then be edited or have any info extrapolated from it, so it can be used in another program.  I have the list of file types that Revit can export to listed below.  I know some of them, but I dont know all of them and offhand dont know of any of those that meet the criteria above.

I want to create the image, and send it to a 3rd party to use as a 3d background.  This is because they dont have revit and also because the revit files are proprietary and dont want them to have the ability to make changes or copy data from it.

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AVI DGN DWF DWG DXF FBX IFC JPEG PDF PNG SAT TIF/TIFF

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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 1:53:17 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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All files can be edited in some way or another so you can't do that.  Image files are basically dumb so I would use those.  If you don't want any information available at all then a perspective would not be truely scalable.


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 2:47:53 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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I do want the geometry and scale.  I just dont want them to be able to isolate a family or extract family data.  The third party would be designing in another application that would import the file as a 3D object. My question is what files types can Revit export to that would create one large 3D object.


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 3:02:38 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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I agree with Hub, anyone you knows what they are doing will find a way to edit the model if they really want to. The most appropriate would be to use a DWF. As long as you only include your 3D view in the export, they wont get any of the drawings or details, only a 3D model.



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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 3:14:34 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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Your original post title says image - no you say model.  If you want an image - use a jpg or tiff.  If you want a model they can import, I suggest a 3D DWG export.  It will have no families but it will have layers they can modify.  No way around that. 

 

They can't really use a DWF.


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 3:29:47 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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Yes, thats what i want, is a 3d model that they cant edit, but how to export that from Revit? I can do dwg, but how do you do 3D dwg files?

 


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 3:40:56 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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Goto a 3D view, not a plan or elevation, and export to CAD from there.


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:42:01 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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In a 3D view export to DWFx. Anyone with windows 7 will be able to open the 3D model without being able to edit it.  If they don't have Win 7 they will need Design Review. 


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 5:16:17 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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All this is good, but can any of these files then be opened in another program? I am thinking Inventor, where i can then add cabling geometry and should be able to export that back into revit.  What I dont know is how easily can 1 file of a whole building be navigated and worked on in another program.

Here is what I am trying to do, and maybe it will become clear to someone who knows all these programs of what can be done:

I have a model in revit, with Architectural, PME, and structural content.  I want to send a 3D file to a 3rd party who will do cable design, but not in revit (cant send them the revit models).  It needs to be a file that Revit can export, and that thier software, be it Inventor or some other, can open, and where they can navigate through it to do their design layouts.  Once done with their design, they would export their file and I can import it into Revit.


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 5:36:25 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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It would probably be helpful to know what program they will actually be using since it is not Revit.


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 5:38:00 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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DWG ...!

 

This person can import the 3D dwg that you create and they can save a dwg for you to link in your Revit project.


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 6:34:35 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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Currently looking at using Inventor.  Does anyone know if you can navigate through a 3D dwg file in Inventor?  I may DL the free trial and try it out, but the descriptions seems to be what we want.

The 3D drawing worked, when done from a 3D view thank you. 

 


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 6:37:16 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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U-tube - there are several others:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PTZtdQJNag


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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:59:25 PM | What file type can Revit write to that will create a non editable 3d image

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From Wiki:  AutoCAD DXF (Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format) is a CAD data file format developed by Autodesk[1] for enabling data interoperability between AutoCAD and other programs.


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