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Importing a CAd drawing 3Ds Max

Using reference materials will help you efficiently create your 3D model and
achieve a good likeness in your end result. The temptation to just wing it and
start building the objects is strong, especially when time is short and you’re
raring to go. This temptation should always be suppressed in deference to a wellthought-out approach to the task. Sketches, photographs, and drawings can all be used as resources for the modeling process. Not only are references useful for giving you a clear direction in which to head, but you can also use references directly in the 3ds Max software to help you model. Photos, especially those taken from different sides of the intended model, can be added to a scene as background images to help you shape your model.
For this chapter, you will be using an AutoCAD drawing as the reference and
as a template to build the walls, doors, and windows. For this book, you will be supplied with a CAD drawing that will make it much easier to follow the reference. In the future, if you don’t have a drawing using detailed measurements of the room in question, you can create your own layout or blueprints because proper measurements and scale are vital when you’re creating a convincing interior space.
To import the AutoCAD drawing:
1. Select Application aManage aSet Project Folder and choose the
ArchModel project, downloaded from the book’s web page at www
2. Click the Application button ( ) and choose Import aImport.
Because you have already set your project to the ArchModel project,
you will be taken straight to the importfolder for that project. Select
the Room.dwgfile. This is an AutoCAD drawing file that contains no
3D objects; it contains a drawing using 2D vector lines.
3. The AutoCAD DWG/DFX Import Options dialog box will open, as
shown in Figure 3.3. In the Derive AutoCAD Primitive By drop-down
menu, choose One Object and then click OK.
FIguRe 3.3 The AutoCAD DWG/DGX
Import Options dialog box
The viewport should show a 2D collection of lines making up the layout of a
room. This is a CAD drawing of the living room and dining room of a typical
house, which was created for this book by Nastasia Jorgenson, an interior design
student from the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles. The drawing has
three basic parts: the walls, windows, and doors, as shown in Figure 3.4. The
figure has some colors associated with the walls, doors, and windows. These colors will not be reflected in the imported drawing.

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