IMPORT command

Imports the geometry from external files into the current drawing.

BricsCAD Shape; BricsCAD Lite; BricsCAD Pro; BricsCAD Mechanical; BricsCAD BIM


Alias: IMP


Opens the Import file dialog box to select a supported file type to import into the current drawing.

The supported file types to import are:

  • Drawing Exchange Format (.dxf; .dwg)
  • Windows Metafile Formats* (.wmf; .emf; .wmz; .emz)(1) (2)
  • Collada (.dae)
  • Micro Station DGN File (.dgn)

    Formats available with the BIM add-on:

  • Wavefront Object file (.obj)
  • Rhino file (.3dm)(1) (2)
  • SketchUp file (.skp)(1) (2)
    Note: The Trimble SketchUp files are imported as subdivision meshes (entities are imported as named blocks, render material definitions and the material mappings are imported on the meshes). The CONVTOSOLID and CONVTOMESH commands provide easy conversion between meshes and solids.
  • IFC file (.ifc; .ifczip)
  • Revit family (.rfa)
    When a Revit family contains multiple types, the Select Family Type dialog box displays, which enables you to import the preferred type of the Revit family. The RFA files attributes are also imported.
  • Revit Project (.rvt)

    (1) Not available in BricsCAD for Linux.

    (2) Not available in BricsCAD for macOS.

Note: BricsCAD currently supports the import of Revit 2015-2021 files only. If you would like to import a model created in a later version of Revit, please consider importing the model into BricsCAD as an IFC file.

More 3D format files are available through a separate module, BricsCAD Communicator. You can download it from the Bricsys website.

The import and export procedures using Communicator are controlled through a series of user preferences. See the Communicator section in the Settings dialog box.

Note: If the imported assembly has physical materials assigned to its parts, the materials can be imported together with the assembly structure. For each material in the imported file, a corresponding material will be created in the target document material library, and its name, density, specific heat and thermal conductivity will be copied from the source material. If the imported file contains several materials with the same name, the first one will be used. If the document already has a material with the same name in its material library, this material will be used instead.

Materials copied to the document material library will not be erased with Undo operations.

Note: The IMPORT command supports components architecture based on regular blocks.