Has this ever happened to you?
It’s a couple of hours before your deadline and one of the senior architects on your project wants to add a few detail drawings to the project. He’s not too savvy with Revit so he drew the details in AutoCAD.
“This should take you a couple of minutes to add to the Revit model, right?” he says as he walks out the door.
Actually, no. It isn’t that easy.
The problem is that if you link the file, you’ll have to update all your view templates AND manage the links. You can’t import the file because that will add some serious junk into the model and slow it down. Then your team will send you all kinds of nasty emails. You could import the DWG file into a new Revit project file then convert the lines and text to native Revit objects, but this takes time – time you simply don’t have.
What if there was a better way? What if you could easily convert a linked DWG directly to native Revit geometry?
Introducing RVT to DWG PRO
Why waste your time converting DWG files when Revit can do it for you? The DWG to RVT macro automatically converts the selected DWG files to Revit lines, and saves you hours of tedious work in the process.
Easily convert your DWG to detail or model lines. Need area boundaries or room or space separation lines? No problem. The macro can convert to these line types as well. Simply select the type of Revit line you need and the DWG to convert. Then specify a Revit line style for each layer in the DWG file. It’s that easy.
Do you have some sloppy drafters on your project team? Do they add all kinds of strange layers to their drawings? Not a problem. Simply leave that layer blank in the dialog box. The macro will skip over any layer that doesn’t have a Revit line styles assigned to it.
In a real hurry? Use the Quick Convert mode and specify a single Revit line style for the entire DWG file. Click the button and BAM! You’re done in seconds.
One thing to note – the macro does not convert DWG text to Revit text. Right now, the Revit API cannot read DWG text. You will need to add your text and dimensions manually.
The macro will convert leaders and dimension strings, but not the text associated with those elements. Likewise, hatch patterns in the DWG file will be converted to Revit lines, not fill patterns.
What People are Saying
“We are looking to use Revit for facilities management of our large regional hospital system. All of the 75+ buildings are in DWG format. I linked the DWG files into Revit and had started to trace all of the room lines that had been created in AutoCAD. I purchased DWG to RVT PRO and tried it out on one of the buildings. What had taken me hours to do manually took moments!! This is going to be a lifesaver!”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do you have this macro in Revit 2014 (or earlier)?
A. Unfortunately no. The Revit API change from version to version. I have not been able to get the macro to work in any version earlier than 2015. I will let you know if I manage to find a work-around.
Q. Can I get this macro as an Revit add-in?
A. Yes, real soon. I’m working on the add-in version right now. If you purchase the macro version, I will send you one license of the add-in version when it is ready.
Q. Does the macro convert AutoCAD text and hatch patterns?
A. The macro does not convert AutoCAD text to Revit text. As of Revit 2015, the Revit API cannot read DWG text. However, the macro does convert hatch patterns to lines and objects (not Revit fill patterns).
Purchase the Macro
You can purchase the RVT to DWG PRO macro for $49. The macro is currently available in Revit 2015 format only. If you purchase the macro now, you will receive free upgrades forever (or until the Internet dies).
Are you ready to save some serious time? Click the button below to purchase DWG to RVT PRO today!