How to Export SketchUp to AutoCAD
By Meena Valliappan
Updated February 10, 2017
SketchUp Pro is a 3D modeling software that professional designers use to create accurate 3D 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 SketchUp Pro. The free versions of SketchUp do not have this capability.
Exporting 3D Models
Open SketchUp. Check the Units Panel in SketchUp Pro and verify that the same units are set in the AutoCAD drawing that you are going to export your model to. Ensure the current view of the model appears as you want it to look in the exported file.
Select the "File" menu and choose the "Export" option. Select "2D Graphic or "3D Model."
Type 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 dialog box if you want to adjust the export options, like selecting a specific version of AutoCAD for the exported file, or choosing specific components of your design for use in AutoCAD.
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.
When exporting a 2D file, SketchUp cannot export features unsupported by DWG or DXF files, like textures and shadows.
If AutoCAD can't open the exported file, run its Audit command to verify if the DWG or DXF file is corrupt or not.
Information in this article applies to Sketchup Pro 2014. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
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.