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How to Import Visio Into SketchUp

Updated April 17, 2017

Google Sketch is a 3D modelling application. SketchUp is usually used to create 3D realisations of houses and other buildings, though it can be used for other purposes, such as creating 3D charts or diagrams. Visio is a Microsoft product that can be used to create diagrams, so you might want to be able to import these files to SketchUp for use there. However, you cannot directly import Visio files into SketchUp. There is a way around this.

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  1. Start the Visio application. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue, open a file you want to export.

  2. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Save As." In the dialogue that appears, change the file type to ".dwg" and click "Save."

  3. Start the SketchUp application. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Import." In the dialogue, browse to and open the file you saved in Step 2.

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About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.

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