The Import AutoCAD DWG/DXF Options dialog box

This is a Pro only feature.

Some CAD files might contain non-standard units, coplanar faces, or inconsistently oriented faces. You can force SketchUp to automatically analyze and repair these issues during the import process.


The Geometry section of the AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import Options dialog box contains options to configure the appearance of the exported VRML file.

Merge Coplanar Faces

Planes can import into SketchUp with triangulated lines. Removing these lines manually can be tedious. The Merge coplanar faces option is used to have SketchUp automatically remove these lines.

Orient Faces Consistently

The Orient faces consistently option is used to analyze the direction of imported faces and orient these faces so that they are uniform in direction.


Some CAD formats, such as DXF, save data in generic units. The Scale section of the AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import Options dialog box contains options to configure the units for the imported file.


Select the unit type used in the original CAD file to import geometry at the correct scale.

Warning: SketchUp only recognizes faces of .001 square inches and larger. It is possible to create very small faces on import if you select millimeters as your SketchUp units but the model was originally intended to be displayed in feet. Therefore, use a large unit type, such as feet or meters, if you do not know the units used in the original file. Resize the model as necessary after it is imported.

Preserve Drawing Origin

The Preserve drawing origin option is used to define where the DWG/DXF file will be placed when it is inserted into a SketchUp file. Check this box if you want to place the DWG/DXF file at the origin, as originally defined in the DWG/DXF file. Do not check this box if you want the DWG/DXF file to be placed near the SketchUp origin.