I’ve been needing to export models (shop interiors, nothing too complex) to Sketchup recently.
Mostly the export plugin is great (eg it you have applied a transparent material, it gets translated, great for windows).
The main problem I came up against is that a things like closed polysurfaces (eg a cube) get exported to separate faces - which means that everything you make as a solid becomes very difficult to select and edit in Sketchup.
The way I have found to work around it is to make everything into a block, which translates as a Sketchup Component (the equivalent of a block). This is not ideal, as it adds extra preparation work before export, but it does work.
If anyone is working on improving the Sketchup plugin please can I suggest a couple of improvements - Instead of having to make blocks, would it be possible for objects that are a single entity in Rhino (eg a cube) to be exported so that they become a Group in Sketchup - ie the faces of the cube stay connected and are treated as a single object, and you can then easily select and edit them in Sketchup? Also, could items that are already a group in Rhino be exported to a group in Sketchup? And could the same view current in Rhino when you export (I always export from Perspective, which is similar to the standard Sketchup view) be set as the starting view in Sketchup please?
The other problem I have just come up against is that closed polysurfaces that include trimmed surfaces do not come across correctly in Sketchup when converted to Blocks - they have some missing faces.
But the same geometry when not a block comes across fine (but then it is separate faces, so I’m back to my original problem). I’ve also tried converting the problem polysurface to a mesh - the same thing happens - the mesh goes over fine, but the mesh within a block is missing some faces.
The Rhino file is here: <a class=“attachment"href=”//aws1.discourse-cdn.com/mcneel/uploads/default/original/3X/4/d/4da8883c686c8bc123ef381506822ad3eae6649c.3dm">ExportProblem.3dm (1.2 MB) and the Sketchup export is here: ExportProblem - SKP.7z (26.4 KB) (had to .7Zip it as cannot upload .SKP files - I have opened and saved in the file in Sketchup 8 so that the objects are centred in the view - the export is to v8 of .SKP so I think there would still be the same problem in Sketchup 2015 but I have not checked as I dont have it installed).
Any suggestions or ideas please, thanks,