How to import SketchUp 2022 (SKP) files to Blender 3.0?
As part of any workflow related to architectural visualization using Blender, you eventually will have to import data to use either as a reference or develop new designs. The data could present itself in many formats in the architectural business, such as DWG (AutoCAD) or SKP (SketchUp). Both forms are not directly compatible with Blender, and we have to use additional software to work with them.
In the case of SketchUp, we have a free Add-on that lets us import SKP files to Blender! A significant problem with those Add-ons is that they often get outdated, leaving us with a working tool that can only handle old formats.
That is not the case with the SketchUp importer for Blender because we have an impressive record of updates for the Add-on.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a version change for both SketchUp and Blender, with the latest versions being:
- Blender 3.0
- SketchUp 2022
To keep up with the new versions, the guys from RedHaloStudio posted on their Github page and updated to the SKP importer that can handle SketchUp 2022 files and is compatible with Blender 3.0.
You can download the SketchUp 2022 (SKP) importer for Blender 3.0 here. The Add-on supports Blender up to version 3.2, which is currently in alpha.
Download and install the Add-on by going to the Edit → Preferences menu in Blender. At the Add-ons tab, use the Install button and locate the Add-on file. Enable the Add-on, and it will include an option to import SKP files in your File → Import menu in Blender.
Does it work? Sure! Let me show you an example of it working using a model from the 3D Warehouse. I will use this particular model.
If you want to maximize data compatibility, I always recommend going with an older version of your SKP files, but for this particular test, I downloaded the SketchUp 2022 file.
After downloading the file, go to Blender and use your SKP importer option from the File menu. Here is the project in Blender.
For larger projects, it may display errors or bugs, but in most cases, you will be able to import SketchUp 2022 files to Blender with no bigger issues. This is a must-have Add-on for anyone working with Blender to create an architectural visualization.
What if you have access to SketchUp Pro 2022? In that case, you can export any file in OBJ format to import that to Blender.
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