Using the 3D CAD files is not only easy but it can greatly enhance your customer service. 

Crate Pro 6 is not a drawing program and will not scale or modify the CAD file based on your input into Crate Pro 6. Crate Pro DOES give you the ability to download 3D CAD files for the style template you are using for your design! Those files can be quickly modified using SketchUP software. If you don't have SketchUp you can download SketchUP 8 for desktop, or use the online version. Solution Article with the download.  Active maintenance is required to access the 3D CAD files.

SketchUP is not our software and we do not support it or provide training except for a few short videos showing how to do the most common features used by custom crating companies. A tremendous amount of additional information is available on the SketchUP site and on YouTube if you want to become proficient in this easy to use modeling software. If you need more features or exports to AutoCAD, look into the PRO version of SketchUP.

There is a maximum of 3 style templates per download with a maximum of one download link per day.



In Crate Pro 6, on the CONTAINER > OVERVIEW tab you can download an image file with any of the base options. See where the arrow is pointing in this image. Use the 3 dots to scroll to the different image styles: wire frame, textured  and CAD. (this is where you will be able to download the file : future feature)

At this time, if you have active maintenance you may request a download of the style templates for the crate styles you're using. Because each style has 4-5 large files, please request a max of three styles at a time by emailing Save a copy of the files so you only need to request a file once.


The SketchUP CAD models are based on the style template and base configuration in your design.  You will easily be able to modify the files, make additions as well as add any text or dimensions. Most customers using SketchUP  modify it in a couple minutes.

Saving the CAD files in Crate Pro 6. You have multiple options:

You can save or print your CAD files images into other formats or on paper and you can also save a PNG image file using the PICTURES tab in the Design module. If you want to keep the CAD format with the design, you can save up to four CAD files as an attachment in the ATTACHMENTS tab.

In the PICTURES tab you will see a thumbnail picture of the image file. You can add notes to each image which will print on a paper if desired with the image. The benefit of saving the file in PICTURES is that you can print a single or all four images on a single sheet of paper which will include basic  design information. Good to attach to a cut list or give to a customer. To print these after saving you go to Print/Email at the top of the Design window.

  • In SketchUp to save the file as an image file select  File > Export > 2D Graphic . Save as a PNG file to your preferred location.
  • Since designs can be used over and over for different orders, you may find naming the image file the same as the design number or description that you enter in the design. Add an extra character to the name if you save multiple image files for the same design.

When using the ATTACHMENTS tab in Crate Pro 6, it will save a link to the file.  The actual file is saved into your Data Shared database file. You open the attachment by double clicking on the icon > save the attachment to your preferred location where it can be opened by its native program. You can save SKP files, spreadsheet files, word docs, PDF's and basically any other application.

  • First you will save as a PDF file: From SketchUP select to PRINT ( CTRL + P) , then select your PDF printer if you want to save the file as a digital file. Save the file to your preferred location.
  • In Crate Pro 6 in the Design module > Attachments click in any of the boxes and browse to your saved PDF file. This file is now associated with that Design. (You can do the same in Projects > Attachments)
  • Or you can directly print out your SketchUP file on paper by selecting your printer

Saving as CAD files -  In SketchUp here are the options

  • Save: Saves the SKP file and updates your working model
  • Save As:  Allows you to save the model with a new name and select a save location. The file you're working in will now use the Save As name
  • Save A Copy: (preferred method for most companies) Allows you to save a copy with a new name and location AND it does not rename the file you’re working on.  This is advantageous when you add dimensions to two panels and want to save a copy as it is viewed at that time. Then you can continue to change the model and/or delete information you entered for better viewing.


There are many videos on YouTube and on the SketchUP website that can help you learn specific tasks. We created these short videos because they are specific to the Crate Pro style templates. Each video will only explain one or two features that you might use with Crate Pro 6. . The SketchUP Training Series is by SketchUP and will show you more information on each subject that you might find useful. 

If you're unfamiliar with using CAD models, each piece is a shape that is textured, or has the colors filled in to look like wood grain. A component, such as a lumber cleat, is a collection of shapes that are grouped together to make it three dimensional. A model is a collection of components which make up a crate. Always keep an untouched copy of your original SKP files in case you accidentally ungroup components and are not able to group them again. The videos we create are provide the basics on using SketchUP as most of our customers would. 


SKetchUP Adding Dimensions in the SketchUP Training Series: More on adding dimensions to your CAD images (SketchUP Series video)



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Important: Other than the videos and articles we have createdSketchUP training and support is not provided through Crate Pro support. The SketchUP website offers a full array of training videos and articles and for more intensive or one on one  training we are happy to refer you to Superior Crate Design. Superior Crate Design is a custom crating consultant as well as a beta tester for Crate Pro releases. They have been a user of Crate Pro for over 20 years. Superior Crate Design offers intensive SketchUP training  sessions to provide your staff with a comfort level with creating and using CAD images as it applies to custom crating.

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