Print to dwfx?

Does anyone know of a plugin for Rhino that would allow to print or export to dwfx format? Any other suggestion to how one could export to that format without going through AutoCAD is welcomed.


I just found out here that there is PDF export with layers in Rhino 7. So a possible workaround would be to export to pdf and then open the file in Design Review 2013 and save it to dwfx. The problem is that Design Review complains about “items that may not display properly” when importing the pdf with layers, and no layers come up.

EDIT: I have tried with pdf files with layers coming from AutoCAD and also with Design Review 2018 and the same issue shows up. I guess that Design Review is not capable of importing layers from PDF files.

As far as I can tell, their are no Software Development Kits for authoring DWF or DWFx files. That would indicate they are proprietary file formats and not available as development tools.

It doesn’t look that this is possible from a development point of view.

This wikipedia page says otherwise. But I haven’t had any luck finding the Autodesk DWF Writer. As for the DWF toolkit, the only thing I found is this link on a post.

I Filipe - A quick search here on Discourse tells me that this is the first request for this file format. Digging a bit deeper in our tracking system, I see that we had an experiment with limited DWF support in 2012 but that was dropped because of its limitations.

I’ve added RH-61080 so that we can document further user requests for this file format. I wouldn’t expect support for this any time soon.

I perfectly understand your position. I also did a search before posting and found nothing, but I do remember having searched for it a few years back and found someone also from Portugal asking the same question.

Let me just make my case. I’ve been using Rhino for many years mostly for 3D modelling and digital design. This year I started advocating in my office (architectural office) for a switch from Autocad to Rhino+VisualArq. We have dabbled with Revit but we find it cumbersome and it is completely impossible to accommodate the prices Autodesk charges. Rhino + Grasshopper + VisualArq has all of the features we need. We can do all we did in AutoCAD plus there many significant improvements in our workflow and of course BIM. For instance we can work with point-clouds for building surveys directly inside Rhino with Volvox. DWFx support was a minor issue until most of the city halls in the country (Portugal) started migrating to online submission systems for building permits with COVID-19. Most of them, 90% to be more precise, have adopted either DWF or DWFx format as mandatory for the submission of the drawings of the project. As you might imagine this is a key part of the work that is done at the office, and it is unreasonable to be doing all the work in Rhino and then be forced to export it back to Autocad just to print it to DWFx. I have no idea how many users with the same use-case you have in Portugal but this will be an issue for everyone of them.

I understand DWFx is a cumbersome format and public administration should not be requesting formats which aren’t universally adopted. Some of earlier adopters of online submissions, such as the city hall of Porto, have already steeped back and now accept PDF/A. But there are 308 municipalities in Portugal, so it is a lot of convincing to do and that is not our job.

Thank you for listening.