How Do I Sync SketchUp With AutoCAD?

Synchronizing SketchUp with AutoCAD can be a valuable skill for architects, designers, and engineers who work with both software programs. By syncing the two applications, you can seamlessly transfer your models and drawings between the two platforms, saving time and effort. In this tutorial, we will explore the different methods to sync SketchUp with AutoCAD.

Method 1: Importing DWG Files into SketchUp

If you have a DWG file created in AutoCAD that you want to import into SketchUp, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Launch SketchUp and go to “File” → “Import”.
  2. Step 2: In the file dialog box, navigate to the location where your DWG file is saved.
  3. Step 3: Select the file and click on the “Options” button.
  4. Step 4: In the import options dialog box, choose the desired settings for unit of measurement, layers, and materials.
  5. Step 5: Click on “Import” to bring in the DWG file into SketchUp.

Method 2: Exporting SketchUp Models as DWG Files

If you have created a model in SketchUp that needs to be opened in AutoCAD, you can export it as a DWG file using these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open your model in SketchUp.
  2. Step 2: Go to “File” → “Export” → “3D Model”.
  3. Step 3: In the export dialog box, choose the desired location to save the DWG file.
  4. Step 4: Select “AutoCAD DWG (*.dwg)” as the file format.
  5. Step 5: Click on “Options” to specify the export settings such as units, layers, and geometry compression.
  6. Step 6: Click on “Export” to generate the DWG file.

Method 3: Using a Plugin

If you frequently work with both SketchUp and AutoCAD, using a plugin can streamline the syncing process. One popular plugin is the “AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export” extension. To use this plugin:

  1. Step 1: Install the “AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export” plugin from the SketchUp Extension Warehouse.
  2. Step 2: Once installed, go to “Extensions” → “DWG/DXF Import/Export” → “Import DWG/DXF”.
    • Note: The options for exporting from SketchUp to AutoCAD are available in the same menu.
  3. Step 3: In the import dialog box, select your DWG file and adjust any additional settings as needed.
    • Note: The plugin allows you to choose specific objects or layers to import/export.
  4. Step 4: Click on “OK” to import the DWG file into SketchUp.


Syncing SketchUp with AutoCAD can greatly enhance your workflow and productivity. Whether you choose to import DWG files into SketchUp, export SketchUp models as DWG files, or use a plugin, these methods will help you seamlessly transfer your designs between the two software programs. Experiment with different approaches and find the one that works best for your specific needs.