How to Import a DWG to Sketchup Without Pro

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Using DWG’s in Sketchup is a great way to have a jumping off point for creating detailed models from CAD floor plans or building simple wireframes. Learning how to import a DWG to Sketchup can speed up your workflow and give you a new way to tackle projects. Unfortunately, in new versions of Sketchup you can’t import DWGs unless you have the Pro version. Luckily, there is a way to import DWGs even if you don’t have Sketchup Pro, it just requires a little bit of know-how. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to import a DWG to Sketchup using an older version like Sketchup 7. If you need a link to download Sketchup 7, check it out here.

Once you have that downloaded, follow these steps and you’ll be able to import a DWG to Sketchup in no time!

Importing a DWG to Sketchup

File > Import. First, open up Sketchup 7. Go to “file” and select “import” from the dropdown menu. In the “files of type” dropdown there will be a list of different file types you can import into your Sketchup model. Select the one that says “ACAD (.dwg).” Then, select the DWG file that you want to import from your files.

import dwg to sketchup

Once it is imported, a message will appear with the import results. Click “close.” You now have a DWG file that you can explode and edit however you want. If you don’t want to make any modifications, go ahead and save your file. Keep in mind that once you open your new Sketchup file in a new sketchup version, you will not be able to go back to the original version in Sketchup 7.

File > Save as. Once you have your DWG imported, go to “file” and click “save as.” Make sure the file type is a Sketchup Model or (.skp). Type in the desired name in the “file name” box and click “save.”

 dwg to sketchup saving as sketchup model
dwg to sketchup saving as sketchup model window

Close. Close out of the Sketchup 7 window before opening your new saved file. If you do not close out of the old version, you will have to open a “read only” file.

Open Sketchup. Once you have exited Sketchup 7, open your latest version of Sketchup. Navigate to “file” and select “open.” Find your .skp model that you just saved, select it and click “open.”

A message box will appear letting you know that once you save the file in the newer version of Sketchup, you will not be able to open it in a previous version. Click “ok.”

import dwg to sketchup message

You now know how to import a DWG to Sketchup! Sometimes you may want to take your original Sketchup drawings and export them as a DWG file. Learn how to take a file from Sketchup and export it as a DWG here. There are also many other file types you can save your Sketchup files as. Check out our tutorial on saving PNG’s here, or learn how to export a file as an STL file here.

final dwg to sketchup

What are you currently using Sketchup for? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Hacking!


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  8. Rumi July 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi , very good article.

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  12. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    Good advice. Best of luck to all!

  13. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    This is my favorite site for practicing for my tests! Great advise and super helpful.

  14. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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