Export from Archicad

It is possible to import Archicad project as DAE or OBJ files in NDunes.

To keep the documentation light and understandable, this page will only refer to the native functionalities in Archicad. There are plugins available online that can allow other possibilities but they will not be covered here.


Remember to separate the "ground" of your project from the actual point of interest as they should be imported separetly in NDunes, the ground as a "geometry ground decal" and the model as a normal geometry. For more information go to Import model as geometry ground decal

Export DAE files

Archicad can natively export DAE and OBJ files.

To export to DAE and OBJ the steps are the same on all Archicad version :

  1. Launch Archicad and open your project
  2. Click on the 3D tab to open the 3D view of the project
  3. Click "File>Save as" and chose DAE or OBJ as file format.
  4. Chose a location and click "Save"

DAE files are imported in NDunes the same way as FBX files, you can find the documentation for import here : Defining a geometry

After an OBJ export, if the model has materials, an .MTL file will be created in addition to the OBJ file. You need to always keep the .MTL file in the same folder as the OBJ and with the same name when importing it in NDunes to retrieve the materials.

The process to import a model in NDunes can be found on Defining a geometry