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SketchUp: How do I export a model?
« on: November 29, 2010, 10:40:25 pm »
November 29, 2010, 10:40:25 pm
SketchUp: How do I export a model to Lumion?

Simply save a SKP file from SketchUp and import it in Lumion.
This is by far the easiest way to import SketchUP models in Lumion.
Supported by Lumion v4.0 or above. (see version support posts below)

Thanks to the integration of SketchUp technology, Lumion can import SKP files without problems.



Alternative: DAE format

File -> Export -> 3D Model -> DAE format

To set the exporter options click on the Options button:

- Select the Triangulate All Faces option in the export dialogue window.
- Select the Preserve Component Hierarchies option in the export dialogue window.
- Select the Export Texture Maps option in the export dialogue window.



 
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I export edges from SketchUp?
You can import edges if you tick the "Export Edges" tickbox in the Collada (DAE) export options in SketchUp. Edges can't be imported from SKP files.

If you already have a SketchUp model in Lumion and you want to add edges to it, select all surfaces in the SketchUp scene, assign a single material to it (call it something like "MakeThisInvisibleInLumion", then import this as a separate DAE file (with "Export edges" on) and make the single material invisible so that only the edges show up. Then position the DAE model at the same location as the SKP model (click here to see how).

I can't see my model after importing and placing it in my scene?
- Place your model at 0,0,0 in SketchUp before exporting it.
- Check the scale of your model.

Some of the surfaces of my model are flipped or invisible in Lumion?
If you have problem with flipped or invisible faces in Lumion, try to explode your scene in SketchUp just before exporting it (CTRL + A -> Right-click -> Explode).

Why are Backfaces with a Default Material Not Visible in Lumion?
In SketchUp all faces are double-sided and visible.  In Lumion backfaces are removed from the on-screen display and rendering, for performance reasons.

A surface can become double-sided and visible in Lumion if you either:
1. Apply a material to the backface in SketchUp.
2. If the material in SketchUp is imported with the Color By Layer setting On.

I can't assign a Lumion material to individual surfaces?
Lumion will always combine surfaces that use the same material in SketchUp. If you want to assign a Lumion material to a specific surface, you must assign a unique material to that surface in SketchUp before exporting the model.

How do I update the model in Lumion after making changes to it in SketchUp?
Use the  Reload feature in Lumion:  see our Knowledge Base Article: How do you re-import a model? (Version 6 & 7).

When I reload an updated Collada file in Lumion the materials are shuffled randomly?
This was caused by the Collada exporter in version 8 and earlier of SketchUp. To resolve it, simply use the latest version of SketchUp and export your model again.

Re: SketchUp: How do I export a model?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2014, 12:20:04 am »
December 11, 2014, 12:20:04 am
SketchUp 2016 see post below

SketchUp 2015 introduced major changes in it's file format.

Support for SkUp 2015 is available for Lumion since version 5.3.

Lumion users of versions prior to version 5.3 will need to follow one of the following options:

If you have updated a model from a prior SkUp version, or are now using SkUp 2015, then the options are:
1.  Do a SaveAs in SkUp to SkUp 2014.  You will need to do that for all updates in your SkUp 2015 model.

2.  If you don't want to overwrite any prior 2014 SkUp files, then do a SaveAs to new file name, then use the "Reload From New File" menu in Lumion.

3.  You can also export from 2015 as a Collada DAE and import.  However the materials naming is different between the Collada format and Lumion direct read of file, so this is only useful for new imports to Lumion, or for existing models doing a full replacement in Lumion.  That is, you will use the DAE format throughout the project.

Re: SketchUp: How do I export a model?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2015, 11:25:34 pm »
November 20, 2015, 11:25:34 pm
Hi

SketchUp 2016 was released by Trimble on 17 November 2015.

Lumion 6.0.1 and newer can import SKP files from SketchUp 2016.

Lumion 6.0 and earlier are unable to read SKP files from SketchUp 2016, so you'll have to use the same procedures as used for the interim for 2015 above:

If you have updated a model from a prior SkUp version, or are now using SkUp 2016, then the options are:
1. Do a SaveAs in SkUp to SkUp 2015 or 2014.  You will need to do that for all updates in your SkUp 2016 model, until you have upgraded to Lumion 6.0.1 or newer.

2. If you don't want to overwrite any prior 2015/2014 SkUp files, then do a SaveAs to new file name, then use the "Re-Import From New File" menu in Lumion.

Re: SketchUp: How do I export a model?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016, 07:13:55 am »
April 07, 2016, 07:13:55 am
As of Lumion v6.3.0 release:  support for "Color by Layer" flag in SketchUp.  Direct SketchUp (.skp) file import by Lumion.

If this flag is ON then all materials come from the Layer Material. If the Layer Material uses a texture, then the texture is imported.

Re: SketchUp: How do I export a model?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2016, 04:17:15 am »
November 10, 2016, 04:17:15 am
Hi

SketchUp 2017 was released by Trimble on 9 November 2016.

Lumion 7.0 and newer support the new release, and can import SKP files from SketchUp 2017 direct.