Diego Montero

How to Import Sketchup files to SolidWorks?

Question by Diego Montero

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

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19 Answers

Scott Bruins
Answered on 4 Oct, 2011 03:25 PM

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.

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Answered on 9 Oct, 2012 09:17 PM
Answered on 3 Oct, 2011 02:44 PM

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 ...

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Answered on 26 Dec, 2011 04:38 PM

This theme has already been here, I have import some sketchup models in SW :
Maeba MC 285 Mini Crawler Crane in working mode and Maeda MC 285 Mini Crawler Crane in transport mode
I see that I must make a video tutorial.

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Answered on 26 Dec, 2011 06:13 PM

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

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Robert Lansdale
Answered on 27 Oct, 2013 12:46 PM

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.


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Diego Montero
Answered on 3 Oct, 2011 02:56 PM

@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

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Answered on 9 Jan, 2012 12:11 PM

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)

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Andrew Lee
Answered on 23 Mar, 2012 01:23 AM

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.

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Derek Burke
Answered on 9 Sep, 2012 11:41 PM
Answered on 6 Nov, 2012 11:24 AM

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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Answered on 22 Mar, 2013 07:23 PM

Just use the plugin "iges_export" to export the file in IGES format for Solidwoks.
then makes the recognition of features.

Paulo Bubolz

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Answered on 3 Jul, 2014 02:05 AM

Hello Diego Montero, thank you very much.

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heath lock
Answered on 23 Aug, 2016 08:17 AM

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

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Answered on 23 Aug, 2016 11:04 AM

Now using SpaceCaim , can convert sketchup to other cad is easy

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Tiago Lourenço Martins
Answered on 8 Aug, 2017 07:49 PM

See my video that I explain correctly how to do, if you stay with doubt contact

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Kiike Villarreal Sarmiiento
Answered on 19 Oct, 2012 02:54 AM

voy a intentar esa manera, por que ya llevo mucho tiempo intentando importar este archivo de Sketchup a Solidworks

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Austin R.
Answered on 1 Mar, 2014 04:59 AM

Hello Diego Montero,

Good question! you are interested to know about Sketchup files to SolidWorks, then visit here http://goo.gl/cZRpXY. This may be help to you...Thanks for posting.

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