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Importing other 3D objects

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Video: Importing other 3D objects

In addition to 2D drawing, SketchUp Pro can import two types of 3D objects. One would be 3DS files and the other would be AutoCAD DXF. Let me show you some of the differences. Any type of files can be a little bit different, but let's import the same object in both formats and see how it works. So let's go ahead and import Generator.3DS. You'll notice that 3DS files generally come in what are called triangulated, which means that any one of these faces are triangular.

Importing other 3D objects

In addition to 2D drawing, SketchUp Pro can import two types of 3D objects. One would be 3DS files and the other would be AutoCAD DXF. Let me show you some of the differences. Any type of files can be a little bit different, but let's import the same object in both formats and see how it works. So let's go ahead and import Generator.3DS. You'll notice that 3DS files generally come in what are called triangulated, which means that any one of these faces are triangular.

Now, this may be a little bit different than what you expect, but that's pretty much how they will come in. Now if you want to modify this, you can always use smoothing to hide some of the faces. So if I double-click on this and select one of these faces and do, for example, select All Connected, it will actually select that object and then I could just do Soften/Smooth Edges and I can just dial that into whatever I want, and that will give me a little bit of smoothing.

Another way of doing this would be to import this as a DXF. So let's go ahead and just do a File > New and let's go ahead and do another import, and this time I am going to import DXF. So I am going to import Generator.DXF and it gives me some results here and now actually I have to zoom out, and this actually is coming in bigger than the other one.

But notice how this doesn't have those triangular faces. This came in as quads or rectangular faces, and sometimes these are easier to work with. Now again, if you don't like the way this looks, you can always start smoothing. So for example, with this particular object here, you notice how I can select something on this generator flywheel and just do select All Connected. Now, that just selects this part of it. Now, this object was actually created in multiple objects. These are extra objects that are just interpenetrating. They are not really connected but you can also right-click on these and just go Soften/Smooth Edges.

You can see how as I smooth the edges you get something that looks a little bit more how you would expect. And you could also do the same for example, for this motor body here and just go ahead and select All Connected, which basically selects this whole generator, and then we can again do Soften/Smooth Edges. Now when we play with this, you can see how you can just dial it in and as you go down, you can see how some of the details come back in. If we go completely to zero, you can see how everything comes back.

But if we go somewhere between zero and 20, we have something that works pretty well. Those are some of the basics of importing 3D objects into SketchUp Pro.

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      24s
    3. Important Mac and PC differences
      2m 5s
  2. 9m 41s
    1. The Component Options window
      3m 32s
    2. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
      4m 15s
  3. 1h 6m
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      4m 46s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Creating a drop-down list
      8m 42s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      8m 29s
    5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
      2m 10s
    6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
      4m 54s
    7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
      6m 11s
    8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
      4m 0s
    9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
      8m 18s
    10. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 25s
    11. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 10s
    12. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 45s
  4. 39m 37s
    1. The LayOut interface
      2m 56s
    2. Drawing lines and arcs
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing rectangles
      2m 22s
    4. Drawing circles and polygons
      2m 31s
    5. Modifying line styles and color
      3m 2s
    6. Working with text
      3m 0s
    7. Inserting SketchUp models
      4m 33s
    8. Manipulating SketchUp models
      3m 30s
    9. Working with dimensions
      2m 17s
    10. Arranging and grouping objects
      3m 5s
    11. Creating scrapbooks
      3m 11s
    12. Creating presentations
      2m 40s
    13. Exporting and printing
      1m 57s
  5. 6m 40s
    1. The Style Builder interface
      2m 5s
    2. Working with strokes
      4m 35s
  6. 19m 15s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 37s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 14s
    3. Exporting objects
      4m 38s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      4m 46s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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