How to import SketchUp (SKP) files to Blender 2.9?

In many projects related to architectural visualization using Blender, you can have a starting point from a model received from a client in another software, such as SketchUp. It is quite common to get a SketchUp file from the client and get a request to make it look “pretty” with a render in Cycles. Unfortunately, […]

Tranquility box: Rendering a SketchUp file in Blender Cycles

What is the first step you take when starting an architectural visualization project in Blender? A typical workflow involves modeling the project based on references such as technical drawings, to later add materials and render. However, a few projects may also start with models created outside Blender. A popular choice to create basic 3D models […]

SketchUp importer for Blender 2.82a released

An architectural visualization project usually starts from a reference file received from the client, which could be either a set of technical drawings or a 3D model. Sometimes you might receive an SKP file from SketchUp with a rough model and some basic layout. Until a couple of weeks ago, we only had an option […]

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. […]

BricsCAD Shape updated with FBX support

When you start to work with architecture or the construction business as a whole, you will find yourself dealing with multiple softwares. You will have to manage data from softwares producing technical drawings, construction details (BIM), or conceptual designs. We also have the marketing material produced by incredible tools like Blender. From time to time […]

How to import SketchUp files to Blender 2.8?

Update (May 2020): Here is the most up to date info about an SKP importer for Blender 2.8x. The release of Blender 2.8 Beta and a more stable Eevee will bring a lot more artists to use Blender and try Eevee to render their projects. A particular group of artists will have a high interest […]

Free furniture library compatible with Blender

Finding a huge furniture library to use in architectural visualization projects may become an invaluable source of assets, or at some cases frustration. A common characteristic of those libraries is to offer files on formats like MAX, RTA, GSM, DWG, and others that we can’t easily import in Blender. If you need one of those […]

29 doors and windows for architecture

A basic 3d model from an architectural project is a sum of several different elements like walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, doors, windows and more. Two of those elements may consume a significant amount of time to create in 3d. I’m talking about doors and windows. You will find several Add-ons in Blender that might help […]