How to Import AUTO CAD Drawing File?

Importing AUTO CAD Drawing File

Use File Menu> Import option for bringing a DWG file into 3ds max.
Importing AUTO CAD Drawing File
Set up the units:
The AutoCAD file you are importing is measured in feet and inches. It is best to use the same units setting in 3ds Max.

  1. Start   3ds Max.
  2. From the Customize menu, choose Units Setup.
  3. In the Units Setup dialog, choose US Standard Feet With Fractional Inches. Leave the other values set to their defaults, and then click OK.

Import the DWG file:

  1. Go to the  Application menu, choose Import.

3ds Max opens a Select File to Import dialog.

  1. Browse to the folder \import\ AutoCAD _files\ and choose the file 2D Plan DWG format.
  2. After a pause, an AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import Options dialog appears. If you get a warning about proxy objects, and click  YES

Import options:

  1. On the Geometry tab of the AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import Options dialog, leave the settings at their defaults. (These are shown in the following illustration.) Before you click OK, you must change settings on the Layers tab.

Importing AUTO CAD Drawing File

  1. Click to go to the Layers tab.
  2. Choose Select  List to enable individual layer selection.

At first, all the layers are selected.

  1. Click Invert.

Now none of the layers is selected.

  1. Click the 3Dwalls layer to select it, and then click OK.
  1. 3ds Maximports the floor plan, which should appear similar to the following illustration.

Importing AUTO CAD Drawing File
Save the scene file:

  • From the  Application menu choose Save As, and save the scene as Floor plan.
  • Constructing the Walls

To construct the walls,  Simply extrude the floor plan polyline that you just imported.
Set up the scene:
Extrude the polyline:
Click the polyline object to select it.

  1. Go to the Modify panel. Choose Extrude from the Modifier drop-down list.

Importing AUTO CAD Drawing File

  1. On the Extrude modifier’s Parameters rollout, set the Amount to10’

3DS MAX extrudes the polyline to create walls that are eight feet high.
Importing AUTO CAD Drawing File
Save the scene:

  • Choose File Save As, and name the new scene  .