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.
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 ...
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
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