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Rose and her daughter have purchased a lot in Nicaragua and plan to build a winter home in the town of San Juan Del Sur. We had a topographical survey done but he sent it back in an AutoCAD dwg file. I would like to bring it into 3D Studio as an editable mesh file .3ds but my import of the file fails. We don't a problem printing it or reading it but I can't put a home on it in 3D Studio. Does anyone know how to get a 3ds file out of the dwg file?

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Michael and Rose

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Ask them to send it back to you in a DFX format with the blocks exploded. You should be able to read it in 3D Studio.

We don't use AUTOCAD but if you don't have it figured out by Tuesday, I can ask the CAD specialist in my office to convert it for you (he will be out of the office tomorrow).

Thanks Steven. We did ask but between the person who arranged the survey for us and the surveyor it never seemed to materialize. If we don't get someone to convert it for us by Tuesday, your help would by much appreciated!

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Ask them to send it back to you in a DFX format with the blocks exploded. You should be able to read it in 3D Studio.

We don't use AUTOCAD but if you don't have it figured out by Tuesday, I can ask the CAD specialist in my office to convert it for you (he will be out of the office tomorrow).

Thanks Steven. We did ask but between the person who arranged the survey for us and the surveyor it never seemed to materialize. If we don't get someone to convert it for us by Tuesday, your help would by much appreciated!

Call me if you still need the file converted. You can speak to the CAD specialist in my office and he will tell you what he needs.

973-258-0800

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Thanks guys! We very much appreciate the help! Ramon exported the file in dxf format and I was able to import it into 3D Studio... unfortunately it's only a 2D drawing.

I guess I just assumed a topographical survey done in AutoCAD would have been in 3D? My AutoCAD days were back in DOS when it took 3 hours to draw a line. I quickly switched to GENCADD for 2D and 3D Studio for 3D.

I was able to get a .3ds file from Google Maps and Sketchup, it's just not that detailed and North is not where it should be. I guess we have to use that or spend a day or three adding each vertice one by one... yuk.

Thanks again for the help!

Michael and Rose

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