Here is a short video how to do it. http://youtu.be/KyI-V4NLs28
You can find exported files here : Tatra 815 crane Sketchup to SW tutorial
Have a look on this model how good or bad this method is.
It work only with sketchup PRO.
The import time can be more than 30 minute and more.
To know more, about DWG import in Solidworks go here : http://grabcad.com/questions/tutorial-how-to-import-autocad-dwg-file-into-solidworks
Another great tutorial thank you Marcus
In your video the model seems to load into SW very quickly. I have tried this conversion with a couple different models now, but they seem to take a very long time to convert all the entities in SW. I have a model trying to load right now that has been running for 45 minutes. Does this have anything to do with how a model is made in Sketchup? I did notice that a lot of Sketchup users have drawn their models 10 times bigger or more than real dimensions.
While this model is trying to load, SW is generating hundreds of planes and thousands of sketches for references. Any idea why my experience is looking so different than yours?
Just for reference if you want to see what I mean this is the file I'm trying to load: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=53502c15c30d06496e4e9b7d32a4f90d
Aaron your model is 2x larger than was this tutorial model.
Be me that same I have not make it to end, but i can try to import like wire model. I let you know.
Would it reduce the import time if you reduced the model down very small in Sketchup before exporting?
I doubt that it will help.
I make now that same model like you for test it run now 30 min and not done. I will inform you how long it take to done. We can upload it to grabcad taht i can have a look on your exported file and you on me file.
I left it running for 2 hours and it would not finish.
"If" you happen to get a nice model to import into SW, the result is not very good. the disconnect between polygon models and, well, everything else is just too much to interpolate. A model looks like this if it has a lot of curves.
I think the reasonthis happened is i shrunk the model in Sketchup down to .5" to see if it woulod reduce the import time. After doing this I remembered that this will reduce the number of polygons in the model upon export. This could be why Sketchup users model so big to keep the model smooth. That render was not through SW. I brought the shrunken Sketchup model into keyshot to see what it looked like. the model never finished importing to SW. i have a couple other things I am going to try.
That is not nice, you can test it other way, solidworks ask you if you want skip 3D surfaces, when you make Yes than you get very fast, in some minute Wire model like to see in autocad, than you can build all surfaces new.
Marcus, do you think it matters if you have a SKP file exported in mm, and then try to import to SW in Imperial?
Yes that can make a lot of problems.
Have you test it in Wire model ?
Have a look, here is that car : http://grabcad.com/questions/tutorial-how-to-import-autocad-dwg-file-into-solidworks
If you like this tutorial , than click It worked Thanks,
importing DXF and DWG isn't limited to the pro version of SU.
there are several free plugins that can compensate if you're running the free SU.