Does anyone know how to import files from sketchup to open, for example, in solidworks?
I tried the export menu but I don't recognize any of the formats as being something I can drag into SW...
If anyone know any plugin or program (free please!), please tell us :D
I have tried this before in the past and really haven't found a good way getting useable CAD data from SketchUp models. The best way may just be to use the dimension tool in SketchUp and re-draw the component in SolidWorks. I made my SilverStone TJ07 this way.
You may want to try Rhinoceros... it appears as if Rhino can open SketchUp files. I have NOT tried it (by lack of SKetchUp models in my storage) but if it is successfull, Im very confident you will be able to successfully convert it into a nice STEP file and import that into SW.
Good idea... I think it's gonna be the only way, I tried PolyTrans and Deep Exploration to convert the files, but I can't get more than a useless 3D graphic ;~
Thanks Scott :D
I've searched for a while for this, every plug-in that I found was quite expensive ...
However, I found this: http://www.guitar-list.com/download-software/convert-sketchup-skp-files-dxf-or-stl
I didn't try it since I don't use SketchUp but I hope it helps ...
Done, I will uploade this assembly so how it was exported that all can have a look how good or bad this tool work
Here is video tutorial : http://youtu.be/KyI-V4NLs28
Model is here : Tatra 815 crane Sketchup to SW tutorial
Mesh to NURBS is the #1 most mis-understood problem in the entire 3D graphics world, and especially on forums where most people have little understanding that this process cannot be done. I get this question 3+ times every day since 1996 and write a 5 page response to all people. Rather than send that longer + more detailed response, I'll refer to this posting. Most people on forums don't believe my comments but that is due to lack of understanding about mesh vs. NURBS/solids data. There is no magic to importing mesh data into SolidWorks, and all those cheap plug-ins from India just pull the wool over your eyes. My IGES exporter has the same "trick", which I added in 1994, to turn each triangle into a bilinear NURBS surface but that would never be used by anyone.
@w.wolf : Thanks for the answer!
I browsed the page a little bit and I found this:
"The plugin's output is compatible with the following CAD/CAM programs tested so far:
DXF: Cambam, Sketchup, A9CAD
STL: SkeinForge, FreeMill, Vectric Cut-3D (evaluation version), Roland Modela Player, Boxford's 3D GeoCAM."
I don't have any of these programs... But I'll keep looking for something to export to SW :D
You're welcome, let us know if you figure something out ...
Yes, but SolidWorks can import STL format, so there's a good chance that it'll work even if they don't list it, worth the shot ...
You were right, I manage to import it into solidworks, but I couldn't use the model for anything, it imported just as a graphic, and I need it for an assembly =/
Thanks a lot, really! I'm gonna keep trying :D:D
1) you can export *.skp to *.dae. Then use Blender 3D (http://www.blender.org/) for converting *.dae to *.3ds
2) FBX Converter (http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?siteID=123112&id=10775855). dae-> FBX, FBX->3DS (OBJ)
Hi there, a bit late to the conversation but I have also been curious about this conversion. I read somewhere the previous version of the free google sketchup before v8 could export dxf(/dwg?). If you can find an older copy of the free v7 you can try this.
Here is a link to older versions of SketchUp
i use spaceclaim to open all format 3d drawing then i can repair curve, surface and i make it solid. after that save as to other format step,iges,parasolid,catia,pro e etc.
try it ,nice software.
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Hello Diego Montero, thank you very much.
hi, i had this problem a while back and i found the only way was to convert the file to an stl. here are the steps:
go to file and click export to dxf or stl
change the units to whatever you want
choose stl file instead of polyface mesh
Now using SpaceCaim , can convert sketchup to other cad is easy
LOL! Only $300 just for a friggen converter. That's nuts. I would buy the Pro Version of SketchUp first....
Sycode on download and you purchase the license key, to be able to use, and to dirt you can email settings in the register.
sycode not work...
voy a intentar esa manera, por que ya llevo mucho tiempo intentando importar este archivo de Sketchup a Solidworks