I work with very smart people on a daily basis. That’s a given, because I work on the Dynamo team. Also as an added incentive of my job, when people do deliver cool stuff, I get to write about it. Like, last week, when we delivered Dynamo Studio 0.9.1 to the world.
Release 0.9.1 is huge, literally. The installer size grew twice as big compared to 0.9.0. But that’s not without a good reason — the team added tons of good stuff into it, including (but not limited to) a DWG-import feature, something that Ellensi, Randy and Aparajit worked so hard for.
Since the release I get asked numerous time on how to import a DWG in Dynamo Studio, hopefully this note can shed some light on the matter (thanks Ellensi for helping out with the images). Note that this feature is not available in Dynamo 0.9.1 for Revit, yet.
New nodes for DWG import
New nodes for importing a DWG can be found under
Translation category. More details of each node will be covered in sections below.
Basic whole-file import
The following image illustrates the way to import the entire DWG file into Dynamo Studio, it is the simplest way to import geometries from a given DWG file, but offers no filter on the import.
FileLoader node reads an input DWG file, parsing its contents into a series of
ConvertToGeometries node is then used to convert these
ImportObject into actual geometries.
Import geometries through filtering
More fine-grained geometry import can be achieved through the use of the
ObjectFilter node. The
ObjectFilter node takes in either a
FileLoader or a list of
ImportedObject, then outputs a list of
The following image shows how to combine multiple conditions in one
ObjectFilter node — any
ImportedObject that satisfies either one of the listed conditions (geometry type is solid or curve) will pass through the filter.
ObjectFilter node takes in a list of
ImportedObject and outputs a list of
ObjectFilter nodes can be chained to perform multi-pass filtering. The following image shows how to get all geometries on layer
A-WALL, before further filtering to get just
Filtering can be based on the following criteria:
- Layer label (i.e. layer name)
- Geometry type
- Diffuse color
Import geometries by explicit selection
ObjectSelector is a new node introduced with DWG-import functionality. It takes in a
FileLoader and display its contents (i.e.
ImportedObject) in a tree view where each
ImportedObject goes under the layer it belongs. Selected
ImportedObject will be returned as a list to downstream nodes.
This node can be used if there are only a handful of geometries to be selected for import. The following image illustrates how object selection can be done:
Chaining of selector and filter nodes
ObjectSelectoroutputs a list of
ImportedObject, it can be chained with one or more
ObjectFilternodes to allow for further filtering. The following image illustrates the way to first filter geometries based on their layer information, then separate them out by their diffuse colors: