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How to Export SketchUp to Autocad

Updated April 17, 2017

Google SketchUp Pro is a 3D modelling software that professional designers can use to create accurate images of their creations. AutoCAD is the primary computer-aided design tool used by most professionals in the building industry to create and draft plans. If you want to export SketchUp files to AutoCAD, you would need to purchase Google SketchUp Pro 5, or any later version. The free version of Google SketchUp does not have this capability.

Open Google SketchUp. Check the Units Panel in SketchUp Pro and cross check that the same units are set in the AutoCAD drawing that you are going to export your model to.

Select the "File" menu and choose the "Export" option. Then select "3D Model" to open the dialogue box.

Fill in a file name for the model to be exported. Also select the export type from the drop-down list, either DWG or DXF.

Click on the "Options" button to open the AutoCAD export options dialogue box. This is an optional step, where you can fill out the version of the AutoCAD file you are going to export to. In the Export section of this dialogue box, you can choose the components of your design that you will be importing, whether it is faces, edges, shapes or dimensions.

Click on the "OK" button when you are done, and then press the "Export" button. You will now be able to open your saved DWG or DXF file in any version of AutoCAD that you may have.

Open your drawing to be exported in Google SketchUp. Zoom in or out of the drawing until you are satisfied that the snapshot of the image that you would like to export fits on your screen.

Select the "File" menu and choose the "Export" option. Then select "2D Graphic" to open the dialogue box.

Fill in a file name for the model to be exported. Also, select the export type from the drop-down list, either DWG or DXF.

Click on the "Options" button to open the DWG/DXF Hidden Line Options dialogue box. In the Drawing Scale and Size section you can control the size of your exported file. Choose "Full Scale" to export your drawing in the actual 1:1 size, or choose "In Drawing/In Model" to set your own scale. If you have used Profile Lines, Section Lines or Extension Lines in your drawing, you will need to enter their specifications before exporting.

Click on the "OK" button when you are done, and then press the "Export" button. You will now be able to open your saved DWG or DXF file in any version of AutoCAD that you may have.

Tip

You can download a trial version of Google SketchUp Pro for 8 hours. This can be a cost-effective solution if you only need it to export a few files and do not need the other features that going Pro offers.

Things You'll Need

  • Google SketchUp Pro 5 or later
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About the Author

Based in San Diego, Meena Valliappan has been writing since 2002. She is a regular contributing columnist of home and interior articles for magazines such as "Windows and Aisles," "Gurlz" and "Tathaastu." Valliappan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Anna University, India.