Importing Custom Objects into Your Project

If you have any custom 3D objects in DWG, DXF, SKP (Google™ SketchUp), 3DS or IFC format, you can import them into your Envisioneer drawing. Many sites on the Internet offer free downloading of objects for your convenience. Typically, these are objects such as furniture and appliances.

You can import a custom object directly into your drawing using the Object Import Wizard. Once inserted, you can edit its properties just as you would edit any element in your drawing.

To import a custom object into your drawing:

  1. Select File > Import > Object Wizard.
  2. In the first edit box, type a name for the element.
  3. From the element drop box, select the type of element you are importing.
  4. If you selected Exterior Furniture, Exterior Accessories or Exterior Lighting, you have the option of inserting the element on the floor of the current building location, or the terrain. Select either the Insert on locationor Insert on terrain radio button. (All other element types have one of the options pre-selected for you, with the other option disabled.)
  5. Click the Select
  6. In the Opendialog, locate and select the file that you want to import, then click Open. You can import DWG, DXF, SKP, 3DS and IFC files.
  7. Specify how you want the components created by making a selection from the next drop box. For DWG and DXF files you can choose from Colorsor Layers. Since 3DS and IFC objects are essentially an assembly of materials, the only selection for 3DS and IFC objects is Materials. (This step does not apply to SketchUp files.)
  8. Click Next.
  9. On the Orient your elementscreen, use the arrows to rotate the model so that it will be oriented correctly when inserted in a drawing.
  10. Click Next.
  11. If the object is a door or window, the Position the insertion point of your elementscreen will appear. Specify where along the object’s height (Z Axis) you would like to position the object’s insertion point. Use the slider to move the insertion point up or down. To offset the door/window frame from the wall surface, enter an offset value in the Frame Offset edit box.
  12. Click Next.
  13. For some file types, the program needs to know what units were used to create the object originally so that it can be converted into an appropriate size.

If you know what units were used to create the object, select the units from the units drop box. Otherwise, select the unit of measure that will result in a logical Resultant WidthResultant Depth and Resultant Height. Selecting Custom lets you specify a custom scale in the Custom Scale edit box.

The scale is the multiplication factor of the units used for objects in the block. For example, if you’re converting a file that you assume was created in feet and inches, the scale is 25.4.

  1. Click Next.
  2. The next screen lists the object’s individual components. Specify which components you want to display or hide in 3D by clicking the appropriate eye icons.

Component is displayed

Component is not displayed

Enabling the Show only selected component check box displays only the currently selected component in the object preview. This helps you distinguish between the object’s individual components.

To rename a component, double-click it, then type the new name and press Enter.

  1. Click Next.
  2. The next screen lists the object’s components again, but this time you can specify which components you want to display or hide in 2D plan view.

To create a custom plan view, select either Outline or Slice below the preview window to specify how the plan view is to be created. To create a simple outline based on the footprint of the object, select Outline. To create a slice through the object, select Slice, and then use the slider control next to the preview window to specify the position of the slice.

To control the visibility of components within the custom plan view, click next to the dropbox, then specify which components you want to hide or show in the Display Components to Generate Plan View dialog.

Once the plan view has the desired appearance in the preview window, click to add the view to the list of components. You can delete custom plan views from the list if desired, but you cannot delete components of the original object.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Click Finish.
  3. Click to insert the new element in your drawing.
  4. Right-click and select Finish.

If you want this item to be part of our catalog so you can import it into future projects:

  1. Select File > Catalogs > Save Element to Catalog, or click the down arrow next to the Catalogs button  on the Standard toolbar and select Save Element to Catalog. Your pointer changes to a catalog cursor. 
  2. Select the element in your drawing.
  3. Click Yes to save the element. You are asked if you want to save another element to the catalog.
  4. Click Yes if you want to save another element to the catalog, or No to finish.