How Do I Export 3D SketchUp to Revit?

In this tutorial, we will explore the process of exporting a 3D model from SketchUp to Revit. This can be particularly helpful when collaborating with architects or engineers who use Revit for their design work. Let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Prepare Your SketchUp Model

Before exporting your SketchUp model to Revit, it’s essential to ensure that everything is organized and properly named. This will make the transition smoother and save you time in the long run.

  • Clean up the Model: Remove any unnecessary elements, such as stray lines or unused components.
  • Group and Organize: Group related objects together and assign them meaningful names.

    This will help maintain the structure of your model.

  • Apply Materials: Assign appropriate materials to different surfaces within your model. This will enhance the visual representation in Revit.

Step 2: Exporting from SketchUp

To export your SketchUp model, follow these steps:

  1. Select File: Open your SketchUp model and go to the “File” menu.
  2. Choose Export: From the dropdown menu, select “Export” and then “3D Model”.
  3. Select File Format: In the export options dialog box, choose “DWG” as the file format. Revit can import DWG files seamlessly.
  4. Select Version: Choose the appropriate AutoCAD version that matches your Revit version or consult with your collaborators for compatibility.
  5. Name and Save File: Specify the name and location for the exported DWG file and click “Export”.

Step 3: Importing into Revit

Now that you have your DWG file ready, let’s import it into Revit:

  1. Open Revit: Launch Revit and open the project you want to import the SketchUp model into.
  2. Select Import CAD: In the “Insert” tab of the ribbon, click on “Import CAD”.
  3. Browse for File: Locate and select the exported DWG file from SketchUp.
  4. Adjust Import Settings: In the import settings dialog box, ensure that the scale is correct and choose appropriate layers to import. You can also select objects to exclude if needed.
  5. Place Imported Model: Click on a point in your project where you want to place the imported SketchUp model.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the export or import process, consider these tips:

Check for Compatibility Issues

Ensure that your SketchUp version is compatible with the selected AutoCAD version when exporting. Likewise, make sure your Revit version can handle DWG imports.

Clean Up Imported Geometry

If your imported model appears distorted or has missing elements, try using Revit’s cleanup tools. These tools can help fix overlapping lines or gaps in geometry caused by export/import discrepancies.

Create Backup Files

Prioritize creating backup files before making any major changes. This will allow you to revert back if something goes wrong during the export or import process.

By following these steps and troubleshooting tips, you can successfully export your 3D SketchUp model to Revit. This integration between the two software can greatly enhance your design collaboration and streamline your workflow. Happy exporting!