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Supported CAD file formats

General guidelines for your CAD files

Here are some general guideline for uploading CAD files to VUFRAME®.
CAD (Computer-aided design) is the use of computers to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations.

CAD file export formats:

We recommend you use the following export formats:
(ZIP file including file + textures)

  • .vwx (Vectorworks)
  • .pln, .pla, .tpl (Archicad)
  • .dwg, .dxf (Autocad)
  • .rvt (Revit)
  • .idw (Inventor)
  • .dae (Collada)
  • .catpart (3ds Catia)
  • .prt, .asm (Creo Parametric)
  • .dft (Solid Edge)

CAD file size

Your mobile device is not as powerful as a professional computer. Your CAD model needs to abide by certain guidelines in terms of total polygon count and file size in order to work fine as a SmartVu™ in a mobile and real-time environment.

  • Polygon Count: While we do not have a fixed limit to the number of polygons, due to smartphone capabilities, we advise to have less than 5M polygons.
  • File size: Please make sure, your files are not too big. If so, please divide them into several CAD files.


  • Reference Screenshots: Please provide screenshots that show how the files should end up looking so we can make sure if the files are loaded properly into our platform. Please take several screenshots to view different parts of the file, especially if it’s a larger project.
  • Scene information: Send us – if possible – more photos, blueprints, renderings or CGIs for reference. This is required to achieve the same “look & feel” for the project and to be able to tailor materials and finishes to existing product visualizations that you use.

Note: Take screenshots of your CAD software while your file is opened to get the “screenshots”.

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