How to Import from Sketchup to Blender Tutorial

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In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to import from Sketchup to Blender. You may be familiar with some of our other tutorials like importing a DWG to Sketchup, exporting STL files, or exporting from Sketchup to DWG. But in this tutorial, we’ll go over how to export an OBJ file from Sketchup and import it into Blender. All it takes is a few simple steps! To being, open up Sketchup and let’s get started!

From Sketchup to Blender

Import Model. We started off with importing a 3D model of a Barcelona chair into Sketchup. You can find plenty of neat models to download in the 3D Warehouse, or you can use one of your own files. With Sketchup open, navigate to “file” > “import” and select the model you want to import from the list of files. Then, click “import.”

import Sketchup model from Sketchup to Blender

File > Export > 3D Model. Once you have your model imported into Sketchup, navigate to “file” and select “export” > “3D model” from the dropdown menu. Make sure the “file type” is set to “OBJ file.”

Next to the “export” button there is a button that says “options.” If you click on this button, a window with more exporting options will open. You can change settings for which faces to export, textures, and scale. If you have trouble exporting your model, you may have to come back and adjust these settings. For this example, we selected “export texture maps” and “swap YZ coordinates” in “model units.”

Sketchup to Blender export options

Once you have everything set the way you want, click “ok.” Then, click “export.” You may have to wait a few moments for the file to export. Once the “export progress” reaches 100% you can import your new OBJ file from Sketchup to Blender.

File > Import > OBJ. After you export your file, open Blender. Navigate to “file” and select “import.” Select the “wavefront (obj)” file type. Click on your OBJ file from the list on the left and then click “import OBJ” in the top right corner. If you click “x-ray,” you can get a more detailed look at all of the geometry that was imported with the model.

Sketchup to Blender model

That’s it! Just be aware that we used the Sketchup Pro version to import an OBJ file to Blender. If you don’t have the Pro version, there may be an older free version that allows you to export OBJ or DWG files. Otherwise, just stick with Sketchup Pro and you’ll easily be able to export files from Sketchup to Blender with a few simple steps!

Be sure to check out some of our other helpful tutorials on exporting and importing files:

What program do you use most often? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

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  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

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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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