SketchUp: How do I export a model to Lumion?Method 1: Import The SketchUp File:
Simply save a .SKP file from SketchUp and import it in Lumion 5.0 or newer.Method 2: Use Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp with Lumion 8.3 and newer:
With Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp
and Lumion 8.3
, you can immediately set up a live, real-time visualization of your SketchUp 2017 or 2018 model:
Please click here
to download the plug-in.
Alternatively, you can install it from within SketchUp 2017 & 2018:Window menu -> Extensions Warehouse -> Search for 'Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp'Alternative: DAE formatFile menu -> Export -> 3D Model -> DAE format
Please note that this file format is now outdated and you should always import models from SketchUp via the .SKP format. The .DAE format uses different material names than the native .SKP format, so your Lumion material assignments will go missing if you switch between .DAE and .SKP files in Lumion.
To set the exporter options click on the Options
button: Frequently Asked QuestionsHow 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.Why is Lumion 8.0 and older suddenly very slow after importing a SketchUp model?
Please see our Knowledge Base Article
: Why is Lumion suddenly very slow after importing a SketchUp model?
This issue does not affect Lumion 8.3 and newer.