SAP2000 Only Accepts DXF Format
AutoCad is the most popular and most widely used design application worldwide. Currently, AutoCad has a variety of types of applications, from general to special. For design applications, AutoCad can be said to be quite complete in terms of editing features. AutoCad is suitable for a variety of people, whether they are professionals or amateurs who like design or fun.
SAP2000 is capable of s and analyze objects with various construction structures (buildings). While AutoCad is a 3D rendered application. Not a few people use more than one application to make their design projects. The reason, varies from convenience to features that only exist in certain applications. Both AutoCad and SAP2000 complement each other. Many people are used to making models using AutoCad and doing structural analysis using SAP2000.
If you make a model using AutoCad, but the model is not related to models for civil engineering or other engineering, there is no compelling reason to use SAP2000. Unfortunately, the two applications do not have the same format in creating the model (file). That is why it is necessary to convert, convert, or export / import between (files) both of which are rather the model can be created or edited in each application.
Differences in file formats are common between one application and another, not with AutoCad with SAP2000. AutoCad has been using the DWG format (.dwg), while SAP2000 only accepts the DFX format (.dxf). As a result SAP2000 cannot open the DWG format. To open and continue your project in SAP2000, you must make DWG format to DXF.
The process of changing or changing the format is not difficult and does not require additional applications. You only need to save your DWG file in AutoCad and replace it with DXF format. If you are familiar with the format change process in the world of design (audio visual), office, and multimedia, then you must be familiar with changing the file format.
How to Change AutoCad Image Format to DXF Format
can continue with your design / drawing project in SAP2000, you must first change the file format in AutoCad to be compatible in SAP2000. To export images from AutoCad to SAP2000, you must first make your file format to DXF. But before going any further, you need to pay attention to the compatibility between your version of AutoCad.
The incompatibility of the software / application version will make you unable to change the format. For example, you still use old AutoCad, which features and looks very different, even the format in question is not available. If you have the latest version of AutoCad of various types (Architecture, Electrical, MEP, 3D Map, etc.), then you don't need to worry.
Of course the latest version supports the latest features including changing file types from DWG to DXF . If you have an AutoCad version below in 2013, it is highly recommended to at least update to the 2013 version or better to the latest version (AutoCad 2019). In addition to compatible issues, using the latest version of AutoCad will also make your work faster and better.
Here are the steps to create images in AutoCad with DXF format.
- Create and complete the drawings that you will export or make DXF.
- Click the file menu, then select Save As.
- See the Save Drawing menu, then see the Files Type of The Box menu, then select the DXF format.
- Select a folder and enter (enter) the name.  Click Save.
- Substitution of the file format from DWG to DXF is complete.
- The file that you changed the format can already be opened in SAP2000.
using the old version of AutoCad. That's why you must first check whether your AutoCad is compatible with the "Save As" option. Based on information from the official website of AutoCad Knowledge, knowledge.autodesk.com, almost all versions of AutoCad are compatible.
How to Open AutoCad Files (Images) in SAP2000
After you change / change the DWG file format to DXF, you can open the file in SAP2000. The way to open it is the process of opening a file in general. For more details, you can listen to the following steps.
- Open the SAP2000 application.
- Open the New Model, do the unit settings (if needed), then select Blank.
- Click the File menu, Select Import, AutoCad DXF (.dxf) File.
- Select the AutoCad file that you changed to the previous DXF format, then click Open.
- You can do Layers settings, for example changing Frames (None) with your AutoCad file.
- Then click OK and your AutoCad file can be opened and used in SAP2000.
Finish the image change process from AutoCad to an image that can be opened in SAP2000. This process is not a difficult process and does not require special expertise or additional application assistance.