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0:04 Hi and welcome to ‘3 ways to boost your CAD to SketchUp workflow’.

0:12 This is Eric with SketchUp Campus and in this track, I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know about working with CAD linework in SketchUp.

0:22 For those of you that have experience transferring project data between programs such as AutoCAD, you’re well aware of the advantage that starting with existing linework can offer vs starting from scratch.

0:37 So let’s now let’s take a minute to review the overall structure of this track.

0:41 This learning track is really three difference methods combined into one.

0:46 I set it up this way intentionally to provide a more well-rounded process to covering the different ways SketchUp users interact with CAD data.

0:55 Given that no two projects are alike, you should approach this track more like a kit of parts or ala cart menu...

1:04 where you can pick and choose just the elements that are relevant to your specific project needs.

1:13 The first method that we cover assumes you received a CAD file from someone else but don’t have the ability to edit or optimize the linework in CAD first and therefore have to make the best of things once in SketchUp.

1:28 Here we’ll do our best to reduce layers, separate out blocks and components, close edge gaps and overlaps and finally, make faces for grouping and extruding.

1:44 In the second method, which to me is the primary focus of this track, we’ll review a number of good drafting techniques in CAD that optimize the linework...

1:55 with the knowledge that by putting in a little more time and organization upfront, it’ll pay off big time later once in SketchUp.

2:05 And lastly, the third method we’ll use our un-optimized CAD linework for reference only and draw right over the top of it.

2:14 This way we won’t have to worry so much who drafted the linework, how clean the linework is, or whether if we even have access to CAD to make any changes.

2:27 With that said, remember that importing and exporting CAD files is a SketchUp Pro and Shop feature only.

2:36 For this track we’ll be using SketchUp Pro 2019 for Mac along with AutoCAD for Mac.

2:43 Now with that said, I’m fully aware that most CAD users are on PC but keep in mind that the CAD functionality that we’ll be reviewing here is essentially the same between both Mac and Windows versions.

2:58 Also be sure to download the exercise files in order to follow along at home.

3:03 And if at any point you need a bit more background information than what’s provided here, be sure to also check out SketchUp’s Help Center under the chapter: ‘Using SketchUp Data with Other Modeling Programs or Tools’.

3:19 We’ve also included a handy outline that summarizes the major concepts covered.

3:25 This way, you can reinforce your video learning with written instruction which hopefully, when combined together, maximizes what you take away from here.

3:38 Lastly, keep in mind that like the other tracks presented here on SketchUp Campus, we’ll be creating a dedicated forum page for just this CAD learning track for you to post follow up questions or feedback to.