Tips on Dealing with the Downloadable .dwg Files

If you don't use CAD software and/or don't know what a .dwg or .dxf file is, then you can just ignore this info.  This page is for folks that want to view the contents of the CAD files or who want to actually use them.

This website packages up both .dwg and .dxf files (AutoCAD 2000 format for most and 2004 format for the most recent) into zip files which you can download and then unzip on your machine. Please note that I use a white background and often use black lines, so if you open these files and they appear to be blank, change the line and/or background color.

The .dwg and .dxf files can be viewed and printed using the Autodesk viewer (sorry to not name it and not to link to the actual place on the Autodesk site – they keep renaming it, keep moving it around) or other .dwg/.dxf viewer. Viewing the plans this way is superior to viewing them as PDFs, as you can turn the different layers on and off and thus only see the design details you are interested in. There are other CAD file viewers available from other companies but I don't have any experience with them.

If you use a viewer and don't see all features of the drawings or if the image looks blank, turn on all layers and set the display to black and white.

The .dwg files can also be opened for use with AutoCAD. You may also be able to open them with other CAD software. Most CAD and drawing packages claim to have .dwg file support but some implement it rather poorly. If you can open these files, great. But please, if you can't open these files with your off brand CAD software or viewer I don't want to know about it. Thanks!

Last updated: September 11, 2018

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