How Do I Import Materials From Revit to SketchUp?

How Do I Import Materials From Revit to SketchUp?

Importing materials from Revit to SketchUp can be a seamless process if you follow the right steps. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of importing materials from Revit to SketchUp, ensuring that your design workflow is efficient and effective.

Step 1: Exporting Materials from Revit

The first step is to export the materials from your Revit project. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open your Revit project
  2. Navigate to the ‘Manage’ tab
  3. Select the ‘Transfer Project Standards’ option
  4. In the ‘Transfer Project Standards’ dialog box, choose ‘Materials’
  5. Click on ‘OK’ to export the materials

Step 2: Importing Materials into SketchUp

Now that we have exported the materials from Revit, let’s move on to importing them into SketchUp. Follow these steps:

  1. Open your SketchUp project
  2. Navigate to the ‘File’ menu and select ‘Import’
  3. In the file browser dialog box, locate and select the exported material file (usually in .txt format)
  4. Click on ‘Options’ in the import dialog box
    • Select ‘Materials’ under ‘Options’
      • In this section, you can choose whether to import all materials or select specific materials to import
      • By default, all materials are selected for import
  5. Click on ‘Import’
  6. SketchUp will now import the materials from the Revit file

Step 3: Applying Imported Materials in SketchUp

After importing the materials from Revit, you can now apply them to your SketchUp model. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the object or surface to which you want to apply the imported material
  2. Navigate to the ‘Materials’ panel in SketchUp (usually located in the ‘Default Tray’)
  3. In the ‘Materials’ panel, you will find a list of imported materials
  4. Select the desired material and click on it to apply it to your selected object or surface
    • If you want to edit the properties of a material, right-click on it and select ‘Edit’
      • You can modify various properties such as color, texture, reflectivity, etc.

Congratulations! You have successfully imported and applied materials from Revit to SketchUp. Now you can continue working on your design with all the necessary materials at your disposal.


  • Organization is key: Before exporting materials from Revit, make sure they are properly named and organized. This will help you easily identify and apply them in SketchUp.
  • Check material compatibility: Not all materials in Revit may have a direct equivalent in SketchUp.

    It’s important to cross-check and make any necessary adjustments or replacements.

  • Explore SketchUp’s material library: SketchUp has an extensive library of pre-defined materials. Take advantage of this resource to enhance your design with ready-to-use materials.

By following these steps and tips, you can streamline your workflow when importing materials from Revit to SketchUp, ensuring a smooth transition between the two platforms. Happy designing!