Importing SKP files to Blender 2.8 – Updates

Update (May 2020): Here is the most up to date info about an SKP importer for Blender 2.8x.

As an architectural visualization artist, you will probably receive lots of projects from clients and architects to use as a starting point for a rendering. It could be a piece of furniture or a full 3D model. Regardless of the nature of such a model, you must import that data to Blender.

If that file is available in formats such as OBJ or FBX, it is an easy task. They are available as default options in the File → Import menu of Blender.

However, you might get the project in formats like SKP from SketchUp that is missing the import options. Is there a way to import SketchUp files to Blender? Yes, but at the moment, it will require you to work with Blender 2.79b.

One of the best options to import SKP files to Blender is the free Add-on created by Martijn Berger. After almost three years without any updates, he posted a couple of weeks ago version 0.20 of the Add-on. It uses the SketchUp 2019 SDK.

The workflow to use that Add-on is simple:

  1. Download and install the Add-on in Blender 2.79b
  2. Import the SKP file there and save as a blend file
  3. Open Blender 2.8 and use the Append option
  4. Select the file saved in Blender 2.79b and open the “Object” folder
  5. Select all objects (Press the A key)
  6. Hit the Append button

That way, you will pull all 3D data from your Blender file and have it in version 2.8.

The good news about that project is that Martijn Berger started to work on a native Add-on to import SKP files to Blender 2.8.

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