Print DWG for free using Autodesk DWG TrueView
When I was freelancing as an Architectural draftsperson, I became aware that one’s local printing show on the corner did not understand how to print either a DWG or DWF file. PDF everyone could handle. Back then AutoCAD did not yet have a native PDF printer (much like Revit still does not have either), and so one had to install a 3rd party free printer (PDF Creator or Cute PDF) to get one’s drawings printed.
In a case earlier this month, the challenge was a little different. An Electrical contractor does not own AutoCAD but they would like to be able to print DWG files that are sent to them. If this was a once off occurrence they could have installed AutoCAD as a 30-day trial and used that to print. But for a more permanent solution, I looked at the Autodesk Solutions that are free.
Specifically A360 Viewer, Autodesk Design Review, and Autodesk True View. A comparison of these products can be found here:
The results of using these platforms to print with were interesting. Only one was able to print the drawings as required: DWG TrueView
Not only was it able to print the model space, but one also has access to the paper spaces.
It is not necessary to install 3rd party printers as the AutoCAD native printers are installed by default. In other words, print to PDF with no problems whatsoever.
Once these PDF’s have been printed, one can then easily let a printer plot them to hard copy.
Don’t ever feel at a loss if you have to print DWG files. Use Autodesk DWG TrueView! Contact Micrographics if you need help with any of the above.