Exporting a Rhino model to Sketchup


#1

Can anyone tell me what is the best way to save a Rhino file for Sketchup to open?

I have a rather large (150mb) file with a combination of nurbs and mesh in it – I tried both .skp and .3ds to no avail. Spoke to John Brock yesterday, who suggested that I first run Mesh, hide the nurbs to see what Sketchup would see. Was successful with this, but when I tried saving it as .skp nothing came out, when I tried .3ds, I was able to get a .3ds file but when my colleague tried to open it with Sketchup it spent about 20 minutes parsing the file and only got about 1/4 way through it… so we gave up.

As there are a lot of Sketchup users out there, I am wondering if there any tips out there on how to best do it?

Thank you.


#2

I go back and forth between Rhino and SketchUp pretty regularly but my file size is much smaller than that (much much smaller). A question - can SketchUp handle a 150mb file?


#3

Use .3ds where You have some control over the poly-count. Export the file on pieces - think of it as an assembly of components to import later in SketchUP.


#4

Okay. It seems that, depending on your computer, Sketchup has trouble handling anything over 80 mb, so exporting the file in pieces sounds like a good idea. Appreciate the suggestion.