Friday, May 27, 2011

Digital Workflows - Vasari to 123D

 

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If you haven’t had a chance to download & have a play with the Beta of Autodesk 123D yet, you should! It can be downloaded from here http://www.123dapp.com/.

imageNow one of the very cool features about 123D is that it can open up various file formats including SAT, Sketchup, Step & DWG files. image

So with this in mind, I thought I’d take a look at creating a form in Vasari & export this as a SAT file, then see what happened when I brought it into 123D. I started by creating a very simple form in Vasari.

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This was then exported as a SAT file directly. Application Menu > Exports> CAD Formats> SAT

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Next I fired up 123D. I am still relatively new to the product, but if you know a bit of Inventor you will easily get up to speed. So in 123D I opened my exported Vasari SAT file.

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This is what the imported SAT looked like.

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Next I set too & started to use the fillet tool to round off the edges of the form; I have to say that this type of real time editing is very simple compared with Vasari or Revit.

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You will find you can make also sorts of edits to the form using the various tools included.

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For fun, I then saved the 123D file as a SAT & passed it back to Vasari.

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5 comments:

arie11a0 said...

Hi David, the zoom is inversed. And the units are in imperial. Is there a way to change this?

David Light said...

If you are working in metric in say revit or vasari, when you publish to a SAT file & open this in 123d it works as the units set in the SAT file. Not sure whether you can directly change the units in 123d...

Elmo said...

Seems like you can't apply by face inside of Revit or Vasari. It would have been great to create some fundamental shapes inside of 123D and then import it and apply by face.

Elmo said...

Ok never mind. I had to make it a mass first.

Chris Senior said...

Great post David. I haven't had chance to use 123D yet but can the workflow be reversed? i.e. Bring the finished article you have created in this blog back into Vasari or even Revit? Thanks!

Chris