How to Import from Blender to Sketchup

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In this tutorial we’ll show you how to import a model from blender to Sketchup. Sketchup is a great tool for modeling, but sometimes it can be difficult to achieve the level of detail you want. We’ve discovered that using a program like Blender to model small details and then importing into Sketchup can sometimes be the best option.

Start by opening up your Blender model. We’ve set ours up by placing things on separate layers to make exporting a little easier.

from Blender to Sketchup: Blender model

Select a New Layer. If you want to move something to a different layer, select the object. Then hit “M” on your keyboard. A toolbar will pop up with a set of boxes representing each layer. Select one of the boxes to assign the object to a layer.

from Blender to Sketchup: select a new layer

Show Layers. To select which layers to show in your model, use the grid and hold “shift” to click on what layers you want to be visible.

from Blender to Sketchup: select layers to be visible

Before you select your objects to export, make sure you apply the particle system modifier to smaller details like the sprinkles in our donut model.

Select Objects to Export. Hit “B” on your keyboard and click and drag over the objects you wish to export to select.

File > Export > STL. To export your file, navigate to “file” > “export” and select STL. In the lower left corner of the export window, there are settings you can customize. Make sure “apply modifiers” is selected. Just a heads up, this will increase the import time into Sketchup. If “batch mode” is set to “object” it will export each object as a separate STL file. This may be useful if you want to rearrange your scene, but for this scene we are going to keep it set to “off.”

export options from Blender to Sketchup

Import from Blender to Sketchup

File > Import. To import your file into Sketchup, open Sketchup and go to “file” > “import.” Make sure the file type dropdown is set to “STL.” Click on “options.” If you are not using modifiers, you can check the “merge coplanar faces” box to maintain the same type of face in your Sketchup model that is in your Blender model. Also, make sure the “preserve drawing origin” box is selected. Then, use the drop down to select the correct units you modeled in. Once you have the correct settings, click “ok.”

import options from Blender to Sketchup

Once you import your model from blender to Sketchup, you may notice some areas that need some work. You can experiment with the export options to see if you get a better result, but most of the time you might just have to resort to doing a small amount of cleaning up!

Moving around your Sketchup model may be really slow. To speed it up, go to “view” > “edge style” and deselect “edges” and “profiles.” You also want to make sure you turn shadows off by going to “view” and deselecting “shadows.” Under the “styles” tab in the default tray, make sure you select a rendering style that has a small stopwatch in the corner because these indicate faster rendering styles.

from Blender to Sketchup  model

You can always edit the faces, use a plugin like Artisan to smooth faces, or play around more with the Sketchup model, but these basics will give you all the tools you need to import a file from Blender to Sketchup!

What modeling program do you use the most? Have you tried importing a Blender file to Sketchup before? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out all of our latest Sketchup tutorials!

Happy Hacking!


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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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