How Do I Import a Section From SketchUp to AutoCAD?

So, you’ve created a section in SketchUp that you want to import into AutoCAD. No worries!

With a few simple steps, you’ll be able to transfer your design seamlessly. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of importing a section from SketchUp to AutoCAD.

Step 1: Exporting the Section from SketchUp

To begin, open your SketchUp file and navigate to the section you want to import into AutoCAD. Once you’re on the desired section, follow these steps:

  1. Select the section by clicking and dragging your mouse over it.
  2. Right-click on the selected section and choose “Export” from the context menu.
  3. Specify a location on your computer where you want to save the exported file. It’s best to create a new folder for this purpose.
  4. Name the file and choose a suitable format for exporting. AutoCAD supports various formats like DWG or DXF, so make sure to select one of these options.
  5. Click Export or Save and wait for the export process to complete.

Step 2: Importing the Section into AutoCAD

Now that you have successfully exported your section from SketchUp, it’s time to import it into AutoCAD. Follow these instructions:

  1. Open AutoCAD and create a new drawing or open an existing one where you want to import the section.
  2. Navigate to the “Insert” tab in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the “Import” button and select the exported file from the location where you saved it in Step 1.
  4. Specify the insertion point for your section by clicking on a desired location in your drawing. You can also use coordinate values to precisely position the section.
  5. Adjust the scale and rotation of the imported section if necessary. AutoCAD provides options to scale and rotate objects during import, allowing you to align them perfectly with your drawing.
  6. Click OK or press Enter to complete the import process.

Tips and Considerations:

File Compatibility:

If you encounter any issues while importing, ensure that you are using compatible file formats between SketchUp and AutoCAD. DWG or DXF files are recommended for smooth compatibility.

Drawing Units:

Remember to match the drawing units between SketchUp and AutoCAD to maintain accurate scaling during import. Check both software settings to ensure they are set to the same unit system (e.g., inches or millimeters).


Once you’ve imported your section into AutoCAD, it’s a good practice to review and clean up any unnecessary layers, entities, or geometry that might have come along with the import. This will help keep your drawing organized and optimize performance.


Note that when importing a section from SketchUp into AutoCAD, it becomes a block object by default. If you need to modify or edit individual entities within the imported section, use AutoCAD’s block editing tools like “Explode” or “Block Editor” to access and modify the underlying geometry.

And there you have it! By following these steps, you can easily import a section from SketchUp to AutoCAD.

Now you can leverage the powerful drafting and editing capabilities of AutoCAD to further enhance your design. Happy importing!