About Publishing 3D DWF Files

    About Publishing 3D DWF Files

    You can publish DWF or DWFx files of your 3D models to be viewed and plotted with
    Autodesk Design Review.

    You can generate DWF or DWFx files of your 3D models with nearly the same visual
    fidelity as your original DWG files. You can create a single or multi-sheet DWF or
    DWFx file with 2D and 3D model space objects.

    Publishing Materials

    If you assigned texture mapped materials to your models, those materials can be published
    with the 3D DWF or 3D DWFx file. Texture map orientation and scaling that is set in
    the drawing editor is retained in the published 3D DWF or 3D DWFx file.

    There are some limitations to materials publishing.

    • The Diffuse Map channel is the only mapping that gets published. If you use Opacity,
      Reflection, or Bump maps in your material, they do not get published.
    • Procedural materials such as Wood or Marble do not get published.
    NOTE: Because the DWF Viewer and the rendering engine are different, you may encounter
    some deviation in how the texture maps appear in the DWF Viewer.

    Increase the Smoothness of 3D DWF or 3D DWFx Models

    The smoothness of 3D DWF or 3D DWFx models is improved by changing the value of the
    3DDWFPRECsystem variable. The setting for 3DDWFPREC ranges from 1 to 6. Higher settings
    greatly improve the appearance of objects in the DWF Viewer.

    NOTE: 3DDWFPREC is a global setting that affects all objects in the 3D model. Therefore,
    higher values can result in very large file sizes.

    Improve Performance with Large Models

    Every object in your model gets processed when a DWF or DWFx file is published. When
    working with large models, you can greatly improve publishing performance by using
    blocks. For instance, your office model contains a basic cubicle arrangement of eight
    partition walls, a desk, and a chair. Those ten objects do not take much time to process
    by themselves. However, if that basic cubicle arrangement is used 100 times, it means
    that 1000 objects must be processed and the publishing time increases accordingly.
    If the basic cubicle arrangement is inserted into the model as a single block, those
    ten objects are processed once for each insertion.

    You can improve publishing performance even more by grouping miscellaneous objects
    into temporary blocks. Once the publishing is complete, you can explode those blocks
    and continue working on those objects.

    As a design gets closer to completion, you can create blocks comprised of portions
    of the model that are less likely to need further editing. If the first floor of the
    office model is not going to change much, create a block containing all of its components.
    During publishing, that block is processed as one object instead of each individual
    object on that floor.

    3D DWF or 3D DWFx Unsupported Content

    When publishing a 3D DWF or 3D DWFx file, some drawing content may not appear in the
    DWF Viewer. The content listed in the following table is not supported when you output
    a 3D DWF or 3D DWFx file.

    Unsupported Content


    Animations and Walkthroughs


    Block attributes


    Font types (Various)

    See the “Supported Text Fonts,â€‌ below

    Gradient fills (Hatches)


    Hidden edges






    Layer information


    Lights and Shadows


    Material components

    • Bump, Opacity, and Specular texture maps
    • Procedural materials (for example, wood & marble)
    • Reflection and refraction
    • Self-Illumination
    • Shininess
    • Translucency

    Mtext (partial)

    Bold and Italic text

    Named views and cameras


    OLE objects


    Rays and X-lines


    Section clipping and XClipping


    Text thickness


    Visual styles


    Supported Text Fonts

    Many text fonts are not supported when you publish a 3D DWF or 3D DWFx file. The
    following table lists the fonts that are published.

    Supported Text Fonts


    Arial Black

    Comic Sans MS

    Courier New


    Lucinda Console

    Lucinda Sans Unicode



    Times New Roman


    Verdana Italic



    Learning AutoCad

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