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How to insert RFA file in AutoCAD?

Brief Answer: To insert an RFA (Revit Family) file into AutoCAD, it must first be converted to a compatible format like DWG, as AutoCAD does not directly support RFA files.

Detailed Explanation and Solutions:

  1. Understanding the Problem:
    • RFA files are Revit Family files used in Autodesk Revit, a different software from AutoCAD.
    • AutoCAD cannot directly open or insert RFA files due to format incompatibility.
  2. Converting RFA to DWG in Revit:
    • Open RFA in Revit: Start Revit and open the RFA file.
    • Export to DWG: In Revit, go to the “R” menu (Revit logo), select “Export,” and choose “CAD Formats,” then “DWG.”
    • Configure Export Settings: Set the export options as needed for your AutoCAD use.
    • Save DWG File: Export and save the DWG file.
  3. Inserting Converted DWG in AutoCAD:
    • Open AutoCAD: Start AutoCAD and open the drawing where you want to insert the file.
    • Use Insert Command: Type INSERT and press Enter.
    • Select DWG File: Browse to the DWG file converted from the RFA file.
    • Place the File: Specify insertion point, scale, and rotation, then click “OK” or press Enter.
  4. Using BIM Interoperability Tools (Alternative):
    • If you have the BIM Interoperability Tools installed in Revit, use them to export RFA files to a format more suitable for AutoCAD.

Key Points:

  • Conversion Requirement: Direct insertion of RFA files into AutoCAD is not possible; conversion to DWG is necessary.
  • Maintain Data Integrity: Ensure that the export settings in Revit maintain the necessary details for use in AutoCAD.
  • Revit Access: Access to Autodesk Revit is required to perform the conversion.

In summary, to use an RFA file in AutoCAD, the file must first be converted to a DWG format using Autodesk Revit, after which it can be inserted into AutoCAD like any other DWG file.