Reading and/or printing .dwg files without having to by an AutoCAD licence.

Good morning,
We have closed our engineering and manufacturing
operation in which we formerly designed and built label inspection
machines. One of the CAD systems we used at the time was
AutoCAD. I
am looking for a reader which will allow me to open .dwg files for viewing and/or printing. I don’t have any need to or wish to change any of thedrawings, just to read them and print some of them in order to help former customers with very old machines. Would you please give me some advice and pricing as to wether you can supply or where I can find such a reader. I use a Mack Pro with OSX 10.12.1 .
Thank you, in advance, for your help.
Kind regards. Allan
I am not an educator/teacher. I suppose you could call me a student, I
have no experience at all with auto CAD.

Thank you.

Asked on November 28, 2016 in AutoCAD.
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Hi there Allan,


There’s a free AutoCAD product can be used to view and print DWG files, it’s called DWG True View


You can find it here for free:



Also you can use any vector software such as Adobe Illustrator, etc.. to do the job 🙂


Tell us how it goes 🙂

Answered on November 29, 2016.
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AutoCAD, by default, saves its files as .dwg files and that’s a pretty standard file format that can be handled by most CAD software, even free-source ones.

There are tons of free CAD software on the net, but I’d recommend these:

  • SketchUp
  • Draftsight
  • LibreCAD
  • QCAD
Answered on June 11, 2020.
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