XPORT ELEMENTS allows the users to copy 2D objects from Autodesk® AutoCAD® and paste them as 3D elements in ETABS®. XPORT ELEMENTS has two simple interfaces: one for AutoCAD and one for ETABS®. In the AutoCAD interface, the user can select and copy polyline boundaries of walls, slabs and columns. The ETABS interface converts these boundaries into model objects and automatically assigns the respective section properties.
The plugin will analyze the data copied from AutoCAD and automatically find the centerlines for each wall. A single shell element is added in the ETABS model along each one of these centerlines. The plugin will also determine from the AutoCAD element the thickness for each wall, create a new section property that matches the wall thickness and assign it to the respective shell element.
The process is simple and straightforward, and unlike other exporting procedures, it avoids the need of inserting the entire DWG/DXF file into ETABS.
Note: This app only works for a licensed version of ETABS (not trial version).
This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).