There are many great models in the SketchUp 3D Warehouse. This is where you get the Eames Desk you'll be converting into a Revit family.
- [Instructor] Now in Chapter Four we'll be looking at models that we can download from the 3D Warehouse, how we can use them in Sketchup to prepare them for Revit, and then how we can render them inside of Revit. The 3D Warehouse is a fantastic repository full of great models, and all available to be used. More and more suppliers are uploading their quality content to the 3D Warehouse for use in the Sketchup environment, but it also serves to use in Revit.
So we need to access the 3D Warehouse. You do this through the Warehouse toolbar. So if you haven't got that loaded, just right-click on one of the toolbars, make sure you've got Warehouse selected, and this will load the Warehouse toolbar and then we can click on the 3D Warehouse. Now this will load up the 3D Warehouse. I've already been there, and this is the desk I've decided to use, it's perfect to explain quite a few little things that we can do in Sketchup to prepare it for Revit, and also it allows us to practice using different types of materials and other basic modeling techniques.
To create this in Revit wouldn't be massively tricky, but it's going to be much, much easier because the geometry's all been developed in Sketchup by smartfurntiture.com, okay, so bit of information about SmartFurniture. 3D Warehouse is great, it gives you other models that you might be interested in. There are so many models inside of the 3D Warehouse, but this one seems perfect. Now obviously you won't be seeing this desk straight away because you'll be seeing the Home screen, and so just start typing smartfurniture and you'll come to smartfurniture.com.
And then if we scroll down, several rows down, we should see it. Now it's sitting here on my screen, but it might be somewhere else on yours, but it's the Eames Desk with Right-Hand by SmartFurniture. We can click on the image first, this will take us to the information, and that's the web page that we showed at the beginning. Feel free to like it, you have to be logged in to do that. I'm just going to click on Download, and load it directly into the Sketchup model. Yes please. It's not a massive file, it's about half a meg, and then I'll just position it at that point there.
Doesn't matter where we position it, it's going to be readjusted when we take it into a Revit family. But the reason I like this model is we've got various colors that we can use. We've also got the mesh that can be seen. This has probably been created in something like 3D Studio Max, which gives us this. Now it would be quite easy, if I double-click on this surface and then realize it's still nested in another component, double-click again, and then we're down to the actual individual geometry.
If I use the Eraser tool, I can erase these, and it wouldn't take too long to tidy it up, but if it was a bigger file, and it had lots of this stuff, I'm just going to go, hit Escape a few times, and just zoom out. If it was a bigger file with lots more of these things, and coming round here it might be a problem. I just want to show you an option that we have if you export out to a DWG file and then re-import it and use the Merge Coplanar Faces.
Now if you don't have the Sketchup Pro version, then the file that I will be bringing back in is available on the exercise files. Otherwise, if you don't have access to the exercise files either, then you can just double-click and find the base geometry, and then you can remove these lines from the model. But I'm going to File, Export, 3D Model, and then give it a name, so Herman Miller Eames Desk, and then Export, and then click OK, and I'm going to remove this, and I'm going to find that file and re-import it.
So File, Import, and here it is, the Herman Miller Eames Desk, and under my Options I'm just going to make sure that Merge Coplanar Faces is ticked. My insert units are millimeters, that's okay, and I'll say OK to that, and then I'll import it in. Close, and now it's just tidied it all up. Okay, it's a very, very nice feature, and we'll be looking at that a little bit more when we download a height map for use in a city planning situation.
Okay, so that's it for downloading the model. So when we come back, we'll be breaking this up into its various bits and fixing anything that needs fixing. Then we'll be assigning layers to those, which will allow us to apply materials inside of Revit.
- Prepping SketchUp drawings for Revit
- Comparing DWG and DXF files in Revit
- Using objects from the SketchUp 3D Warehouse
- Applying Revit materials and objects styles to SketchUp objects
- Creating a Revit mass from a SketchUp mesh
- Using SketchUp to create site context models
- Importing Revit files in SketchUp