How to export Rhino and VisualARQ documents into AutoCAD

After creating a project with Rhino and VisualARQ and generating the documentation drawings such as the floor plans, sections, elevations, etc. you can export all the geometry to AutoCAD in a few steps:

  1. Save the document:
    1. All document: In the Rhino Menu go to File > Save as and specify a file name, directory and the .dwg file format to save the document.
    2. Specific geometry: Select the geometry in the model you wish to export, select the option Export selected in the Rhino Menu File and specify a file name, directory and the .dwg file type to save the document.

    Click on the Save button. A new dialog will appear with the list of DWG/DXF Export options.

    The Rhino dwg dxf export options dialog with the 2007 Solids option selected.
  2. DWG/DXF Export options dialog: Select 2007 Solids as one of the most commonly recommended export schemes, but click on the Edit schemes button to make sure the settings are correct for a proper export result. A new dialog will appear with the AutoCAD export schemes settings.
  3. AutoCAD Export schemes settings: In the image below you can see the most commonly used settings for the 2007 Solids scheme with a few changes. These are the most important settings to take into account:
    1. General Tab: Export Surfaces as Solids and Meshes as Meshes.
    2. Curves Tab: Export Lines as Lines, Arcs as Arcs, Polylines as Polylines, and Curves and Polycurves as Splines.
  4. Save the Export schemes: Click Save or Save as on the right side of the dialog if you wish to use this edited Export scheme next time you export in the .dwg file type.
  5. End: Click on the Ok button to quit the dialog. The file is finally created and ready to be used in AutoCAD.
The Rhino dwg dxf export schemes dialog with the General options tab visible on the left and the Curves options tab visible on the right.