Question:

Why sketchup can't import dwg?

3 October, 2021 Buffy Pepper 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: GERALD GUILLEMETTE
    15 October, 2021

    SketchUp can import and work with DWG files, but not all blocks or faces will transfer. If you use any custom components that require those specific faces, those will need to be manually recreated in SketchUp. SketchUp sees 3D as a series of 2D planes positioned in space, like one sees terrain as a series of hills and valleys on the map. It cannot evaluate 3D solids before working; it considers them flattened out to remove their depth until you need the volume for features such as room dimensions and roof vectors (it sees these like looking at an oblique drawing).

  • AUTHOR: JEREMY GEDDES
    15 October, 2021

    Sketchup cannot import desktop drawing files (DWG). You can export DWG using DesignCAD or ArchiCAD. There are many reasons why SketchUp cannot read DWGs properly, but you can rest assured that it is not because of lack of respect for your profession. It's simply because most CAD software work only with the format they were designed for, and do not usually allow exports to most other formats. DWGs are typically an Autodesk product (they even created the ISO standard). So unless you would like to use a third-party converter like FPrime, then there really is no point in trying to convert them into something that someone else again will have difficulty again reading with SketchUp.

  • AUTHOR: ANDREW CULTON
    15 October, 2021

    Sketcup doesn't support importing a number of different 3D formats. Currently export is supported for .dae, .fbx, jpg and png. Sketchup wants you to draw your design from scratch or with a library of shapes that are included with the software as it has limited functionality once imported as the surface faces have been merged. In short it's not so much about what can be exported as much as how sketchup imports file formats for importation at present date.

  • AUTHOR: DIEGO PECORA
    15 October, 2021

    Sketchup cannot import DWG files, because they are in the formats of AutoCAD and CAD software. SketchUp can open and use an exported .3ds file (from 3D Studio Max) but not a DWG file. This is because the export script for 3D Studio Max exports to SketchUp's native format (.skp) and also converts your geometry into two texture-mapped mesh objects that recreate your geometry in polygons for easy conversion back into a .skp or shared with other platforms such as Rhinoceros, Solidworks, CATIA Camara V5, etc..

  • AUTHOR: NOAH KUCERA
    15 October, 2021

    Sketchup cannot import DWG files by default. Other file types, such as DWF or EMF, can be converted to SketchUp's native format for import into the Save As dialog box by using the Translation Center add-in. The sketchup software is a free CAD software that helps with designing large buildings and creates settings of construction projects in an easier way. It does not have its own built in drawing functions but instead requires importing from other formats like dwg or emf etc.,. This question would only apply to people who are somehow contemplating on moving from any previous product of Autodesk Inc.

  • AUTHOR: LAINE VOLKMAN
    15 October, 2021

    Sketchup can't import dwg because DWG is a proprietary format from AutoCAD. DWG files contain two types of geometry - lines and curves captured by software tools called "hatching." In order for SketchUp to import DWG, the individual that created the file must have used a non-proprietary tool to create their drawing or Hatch any solids/lines. Some common types of drawing where this limitation does not apply include Visio, CADimension, Solid Edge and other 3rd party plugin apps.