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.
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Copy and paste the following into your browser's address bar, and press "Enter":
Save the file to your hard drive.
Run the downloaded file to install the DWG/DXF file import plugin for Google SketchUp 7.1.
Run the Google SketchUp application.
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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