How to Convert Autocad Dwg to PDF

By Tammy Clevenger

PDF files are useful for providing texts and images in document format, which cannot be edited without special tools. In other words, authors and designers may use the PDF format to demonstrate their work product, while maintaining sole possession of the content. For this reason, those who work with AutoCAD may find it extremely useful to convert AutoCAD files to the PDF format. Several conversion utilities are available that will convert both AutoCAD drawing files (DWG) and the AutoCAD native format files (CAD) to PDF. Acrocad, Acropilot and DWG Tool are all conversion utilities to convert DWG files to PDF format.

Things You'll Need

  • AutoCAD
  • DWG to PDF conversion utility
  • DWG drawing to convert

Converting DWG to PDF

Step 1

Download one of the DWG to PDF converters (see Resources section). Open the selected file conversion utility program.

Step 2

Click the "Add" button to add a file to convert. Click the "Add Folder" button to add all files within a folder for batch processing.

Step 3

Select the drawing type to convert (DWG, DXF or DWF). Some converters also support the CAD file type.

Step 4

Select the drawing file to convert.

Step 5

Save the PDF in layers or preserve the layout by clicking the "Layouts and Layers" button and selecting these options.

Step 6

Click "OK" or "Convert," depending on the button label. The file will be converted to PDF.

Step 7

Navigate to the output folder and verify the file has been saved as a PDF. Adobe Reader or Acrobat may be configured to open the PDF automatically after the conversion.

Step 8

Inspect the PDF document to ensure no data was lost during the conversion. For example, margins may need to be reset or images reduced.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select a file conversion utility that supports batch conversions. When the need arises for a large number of files to be converted, the batch conversion functionality will come in very handy and save considerable time.

References & Resources