How to Import AutoCAD Into SketchUp

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How to Import AutoCAD Into SketchUp
Google Sketchup 7.1 can open AutoCAD drawings with the help of a free plugin. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Although the two programs do not overlap entirely, both Google's SketchUp and Autodesk's AutoCAD are drawing programs that you can use to render complex three-dimensional models. Although AutoCAD can save two-dimensional images of a drawing in certain SketchUp-friendly formats such as JPG, such files only import a single two-dimensional view of your AutoCAD model. In order to import an entire AutoCAD drawing into SketchUp, install a free Google plugin that provides native support for AutoCAD files in the SketchUp application.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Copy and paste the following into your browser's address bar, and press "Enter":

    http://dl.google.com/sketchup/gsu7/AllowDWGImportInSketchUp7.msi

  2. 2

    Save the file to your hard drive.

  3. 3

    Run the downloaded file to install the DWG/DXF file import plugin for Google SketchUp 7.1.

  4. 4

    Run the Google SketchUp application.

  5. 5

    Hold "Ctrl" and press "O." Navigate to the folder that contains your AutoCAD drawing and double-click the file to open it in SketchUp.

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