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lamarn

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Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:44:47 PM »
Dear Revit expert users,

I am truggling and waisting time to get DWG output the same as PDF.
Our principals demand ifc, and both pdf and dwg as delivarables.
Both looking at the dwg files, they are many times far equal to pdf plot files.
tried working with the .pcp files Revit exports but that does not help very much.

Any tips or tricks? i appreciate it..

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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 02:47:49 PM »
Whaaaa??!?

DWG and PDF are two COMPLETELY different file types. I don't understand what they want (and it sounds like they're not sure either). Do they want the DWG to look like a PDF when it's opened in AutoCAD? I mean, because you can create a PDF of the DWG and have it look however you want using a CTB file.
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 03:01:24 PM »
or set up a page setup with DISPLAY PLOT STYLE turned on....then the drawing will come closer to looking just like the PDF
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 03:56:17 PM »
I like the idea.

.pcp files are nice in theory but if I remember right the line weights in the pcp file are below what most plotters can handle (the lineweights from AutoCAD and Revit aren't really interchangable--I did try to work out a matrix at one time but I don't have that anymore) so I always relied on the line weights in the layers and the layers themselves. I also set up my export layers from revit so they fit to my standards.
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2015, 07:28:35 AM »
I'm with M@yhem, I don't understand the question but here's my take.

We set our AutoCAD and Revit lineweights to match so that a project printed from Revit looks almost exactly the same as it would from AutoCAD. We then made an export set-up that maps everything to our AutoCAD standard layers and colors. A .dwg exported from Revit can be plotted with our standard .ctb with similar results.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2015, 07:36:31 AM »
We set our AutoCAD and Revit lineweights to match so that a project printed from Revit looks almost exactly the same as it would from AutoCAD.
Ditto

We then made an export set-up that maps everything to our AutoCAD standard layers and colors. A .dwg exported from Revit can be plotted with our standard .ctb with similar results.
I decided to skip this in our office. If we're exporting from Revit to DWG it's not for our use. It's because we're giving the plan(s) to a CM or sub typically and they've historically used our DWGs as a starting point to create their coordinated models using QuickPen or CAD Duct/Pipe, etc...
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2015, 07:43:50 AM »
I decided to skip this in our office. If we're exporting from Revit to DWG it's not for our use. It's because we're giving the plan(s) to a CM or sub typically and they've historically used our DWGs as a starting point to create their coordinated models using QuickPen or CAD Duct/Pipe, etc...

We had a need for it internally. During the transition from AutoCAD, not all teams or even trades within a team were able to do a project completely in Revit. Exporting backgrounds and/or trade work for XREFs was sometimes needed. That need has pretty much disappeared, but we can still do it if necessary.
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2015, 07:50:26 AM »
IMO the question has to do with records. The bosses want a way to keep old files/jobs and PDFs aren't up to the job (with DWG at least "Jimmy" has something to draw on or with).

Now you guys have me second guessing myself; how did you make the lieweights the same in AutoCAD and Revit? My Revit lineweights are a fraction of the lineweights in my CTB file.
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2015, 08:17:13 AM »
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2015, 08:21:18 AM »
What Rob posted...^^^

I simply plotted out a few trade drawings from AutoCAD and a few from Revit and tweaked the corresponding line weights accordingly.
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2015, 08:31:19 AM »
*facepalm* You realize I would be kicking your chair right 'bout now if we were in the same office don't you?

I did the math on my Revit linewights way back in '07 (or something--at another company) once but the prints from Revit never looked the exact same. Are you guys just comparing on a print (trial and error)?
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2015, 08:38:36 AM »
Math? We don't need no stinking math and why would you kick my chair when I'm showing you something?

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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2015, 08:49:27 AM »
^^^   :whistling:   ^^^
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2015, 08:55:55 AM »
Yes M@yhem
I would love revit to export DWG (..all exports as a matter of fact..) as 'What you see is what you get',
just lik a PDF file. I find it amusing that that idea is strange .. :)
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Re: Exporting DWG (similar as PDF)
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2015, 09:01:11 AM »
So, the display settings that make the .dwg look like the PDF is in the Page Set-Up settings in AutoCAD, but, and that's a big but, the export settings need to be set-up properly in Revit.

What part are you having trouble with?
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