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ERDAS Imagine IMG files is a proprietary file format developed by Hexagon Geospatial. IMG files are commonly used for raster data to store. The Supported formats with the Data Interoperability extension suggests that SKP (Google SketchUp and Trimble SketchUp) files can be read. SketchUp does not maintain true arc or circle information for the boundaries of its parts. This is a problem when it comes to machining as the 'polygonal'.

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Why does SketchUp keep failing to save?

This is likely caused by the “AutoSave” feature.

Perhaps the path location where the save is attempted, has special permissions ? (Find settings at: Window > Preferences > General > Saving.) Especially on Windows, I would always suggest save paths that are in the User folder hierarchy.

What to do if SketchUp is not ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives to Window>model info>statistics>fix problems>purge unused. Purge entire model then select components and purge that too. This resolved mine.

How do you save a 3D model in SketchUp?

When your SketchUp model is ready to export to 3DS, follow ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives steps: Select File > Export > 3D Model. The Export Model dialog box appears. Navigate to the location where you want to save your file.

How do I recover a SketchUp file?

To find and open a recovered file, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives the “Welcome to SketchUp” window, select the Files tab, and select ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives file you want to recover from the Recent list.

Why is my SketchUp file not opening?

The Quick Answer. Check ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives your system meets the requirements for SketchUp. Reboot your system to ensure that SketchUp isn&#;t locked by another process. Make sure that there aren&#;t any applications running on your system that might conflict with SketchUp, such as anti-virus, firewall, or internet security software.

Where does SketchUp Free save files?

skp files stored on ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives device&#;s local storage and supported cloud storage services from within the SketchUp Viewer app. On the Home Screen, tap the Cloud icon ( ) and select Files on Device to browse the device&#;s Storage Access Framework.

What do SketchUp files save as?

Downloading a model to your hard drive is simple:

  • Click the File Operations icon ( ) and select Download.
  • Select a file type for your download (SKP, STL, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, or PNG).
  • Give the file a moment to download, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives then look for the file in your Downloads folder (or wherever you save downloaded files).

How do I save a SketchUp file as a PDF?

To export your document as a PDF, follow these steps, which reflect the selected operating system:

  1. From the menu bar, select File > Export > PDF. &#;
  2. Navigate to the ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives where you want to save the PDF.
  3. In the File Name box, type a name for the file.
  4. Click the Save button.

Where did my SketchUp model go?

When using the SketchUp Pro desktop modeler, files are saved locally to your machine until you choose to sync your projects to the cloud with ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives Connect. If you&#;re working in SketchUp for Web, we recommend storing your models in Trimble Connect until you want to export them to a locally stored file.

How do you save a 3D model?

Click the 3ds icon, then choose Export > Export Selected. Select a destination, enter a name, then click Save, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives. When the FBX Export window appears, expand the Include tab.

Can you export from SketchUp free?

The free version won&#;t export any of the file types you listed. SketchUp is indeed very powerful and capable of a lot of things. The free web version is much simplified compared to the desktop versions, especially Pro. The free version won&#;t export any of the file types you listed.

How do I get SketchUp for free?

If you want a free desktop version of SketchUp, it&#;s still a great option, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives. Here&#;s where to find it. First, head over to in a web browser such as Google Chrome on your Windows or Mac computer. Next, you will need to sign in to a Trimble account or create one for free.

What is Obj format for 3D model?

The OBJ file format ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives a simple data-format that represents 3D geometry alone — namely, the position of each vertex, the UV position of each texture coordinate vertex, vertex normals, and the faces that make each polygon defined as a list of vertices, and texture vertices.

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SketchUp Files

SketchUp files with a .SKP extension (see can be imported as 2D data suitable for machining into a VCarve Pro job using the File ► Import Vectors command from the menu bar or the import vectors icon on the Drawing tab. To import data from a SketchUp file you must already have created or opened a job to import the data into.

As a SketchUp model is usually a 3D representation of the part, the SketchUp importer offers a number of options to allow you to start manufacturing the model.

We will illustrate the two main choices for how the model will be imported using the SketchUp model shown to the left.

The model shown in the screenshots is a cabinet constructed by following the instructions in the Fine Woodworking 'Google SketchUp guide for Woodworkers: The Basics' DVD which is available via ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives Fine Woodworking site at Vectric have no affiliation with ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives Woodworking, we are just using screenshots of the model constructed while following their tutorials to illustrate the process of importing a SketchUp model.

When the SketchUp model is selected from the File Import dialog, the following dialog will be displayed.

SketchUp File Import dialog

Although this initially looks complex, the dialog is divided into four logical sections which will be describe below.

Layout of Imported Data

Layout Section

In the first section there are two main choices for how the data from the model will be imported, 'Exploded Flat Layout' and 'Three Views - Front, Top, Side' as shown below.

We will describe the 'Three Views ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives Front, Top, Side' option first as it is the simplest.

This option will create an 'engineering drawing' style layout of the SketchUp model as shown in the screenshot below.

The size of the model is preserved and it is relatively simple to pick up dimensions for parts you are going to manufacture from the various views. The colors of the lines you see are taken from the colors of the original SketchUp layers the various parts of the model are on.

Exploded Flat Layout

This option will take ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives component in the model and orientate it flat ready for machining as shown in ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives screenshot below.

Once this option is selected a number of sub-options also become available.

Part Orientation

This section controls what VCarve Pro considers to be the 'top' face of each part.

Auto Orientate

If this option is selected, for each part in the model, the 'face' with the largest area based on its outer perimeter (i.e. ignoring holes etc.) is considered to be the 'top' face and the part is automatically rotated so that this face is facing upwards in Z. This strategy works ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives well for models which are to be manufactured from sheet goods where there are no features on particular faces which need to be on the 'top' (such as pockets).

Orientate ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives material

This option allows the user to control more explicitly the orientation of each part in the model. Within SketchUp the user can 'paint' the face of each component/group with a material/color of their choice to indicate which face will be orientated on top when the model is imported. When this option is selected simply chose the material which has been used to indicate the top face from the drop down list. If a part is found in the model which does not have a face with the specified material, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, that part will be oriented by making the largest face the top, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives.

Gap between parts

This field lets the user specify the gap between parts when they are first imported. After importing, the nesting functions within VCarve Pro can be used ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives layout the parts with more control and across multiple sheets.

Create Circles / Arcs

Circle Fitting Section

SketchUp does not maintain true arc or circle information for the boundaries of its parts. This is a problem when it comes to machining as ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives 'polygonal' SketchUp representation can give very poor machining results. For this reason, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, VCarve Pro offers the option to refit circles and arcs to imported data.

Options Checked
Options Checked ✓
Options Unchecked
Options Unchecked

The screenshot above left shows the results of importing a part with a filleted corner and hole with these options unchecked. The 'fillet' is made up of a series of straight line segments and the circular 'hole' is actually a polygon made up of straight lines.

The screen shot above right shows the same part imported with both these options checked ✓. The 'fillet' now consists of a single smooth arc and the circular 'hole' now also consists of arcs rather than straight line segments. Both these features will machine more cleanly in this form, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives.

Data to Import

Data To Import Section

A SketchUp model will often contain parts that you do not wish to machine (such as hinges, knobs etc.) or data which will be cut from different thicknesses of material and hence different parts need to be imported into different VCarve Pro jobs. To allow control over what is imported you can choose to only import parts of the model which are on particular layers using this section of the dialog.

To only import data from selected layers, choose the 'import visible data on selected layers' option and click the check box next to each layer to indicate if you want to import data from that layer. Note that the number of parts on each layer is displayed next to the layer name.

It is very easy to assign different parts of the model to different layers within SketchUp to help with the import process into VCarve Pro. The screenshot below shows the result of only importing data on the 'Door' layer from the example, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives.

As long as the 'Group imported parts' option is selected, these parts can then be easily nested ready for machining as shown in the image below (the 'Group imported parts' option is explained later in this section).

Component / Group Handling

Component / Group Handling section

This section of the form allows advanced handling of how 'parts' within the SketchUp model are identified and treated on import.

Group imported parts

This option is normally selected for all but the ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives models as it allows each 'part' of the model to be selected, moved and nested easily after import, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives. You will need to ungroup the imported data after nesting etc. to allow individual features to be machined. By default, VCarve Pro will treat each SketchUp group / component as a single part UNLESS it contains other groups or components within it, in which case each lowest level group / component will be treated as a separate part.

Items which you retain in groups can be ungrouped at any time in the usual ways.
If the right-click menu-option to Ungroup back onto original object layers is used (which is the default option when using the icon or shortcut ) then the software will place the ungrouped items back onto the original layers they were created on in SketchUp.

Keep components starting with two underscores (__) together

If you have a complex model which contain 'parts' which are made up of other groups / components, you will need to do some work on your model to identify these parts for VCarve Pro. The way this is done is by setting the name of the groups / components that you wish to be treated as a single part to start with__ (two underscore characters), ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives. For example, if you had a model of a car and you wanted the wheels / tires / hub nuts to be treated as a single part ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives though the Tire, Wheel and other parts were separate components, you would group the parts together and name them something like __WheelAssembly in SketchUp. When this model was imported, and VCarve Pro reached the group/component with a name starting with __ it would treat all subsequent child objects of that object as being the same part.

Replace outer ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives (for flat jobs only!)

There is a style of 'building' with SketchUp where individual 'parts' are made up of several components 'butted' against each other. The screenshot below shows such a component.

This object is made up of many smaller components representing the tabs on the top, the connectors at the end and the support at the bottom as shown below.

Although when can treat this as a single 'part' when imported by starting its name with __ (two underscores), the imported part is still going to be difficult to machine. The screenshot below shows the part imported into VCarve Pro without the 'Replace outer boundary' option checked ✓, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives. The part in the image has been ungrouped and the central vector selected.

As you can see, the outer boundary is made up of separate segments for each 'feature'. VCarve Pro does have the ability to create an outer boundary for vectors but this can be time consuming if it has to be done manually. If the 'Replace outer boundary' option is checked, ✓ for every part VCarve Pro will ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives to create a single outer boundary and delete all the vectors which were part of this boundary. The screenshot below shows the result of importing the same data with this option checked, ✓ this time the part has been ungrouped and the outer vector selected.

This data is now ready to be machined directly. It is important to understand the limitations of ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives option. It can be substantially slower. Creating robust boundaries for each part can consume a lot of processing power. Any feature which shares an edge with the boundary will be deleted. If the tabs on the top of this part were to have been machined 'thinner', ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, this approach would not have been suitable as the bottom edge of the tabs has been removed.


The new features will help a lot of SketchUp users dramatically reduce the time it takes to go from a SketchUp design to a machinable part using VCarve Pro.

It is important to understand though that while these options provide a useful set of tools, in many cases there will still be additional editing required to ensure the part is ready to toolpath.

Understanding the options and how they work will allow the part to be designed in SketchUp with these in mind and therefore help to minimize the time to machine once the data is imported.

Note: Sketchup files will only open in the same bit version you are running e.g. A file saved in a 32 bit version of Sketchup will only open up in a 32 bit version of VCarve Pro.

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ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives a Sketchup Model to ArcGIS's Multipatch?

After some tries, this is the way I found for models which I built. I started the models still with the SU plugin in ArcGIS, which means they have a proper Georeference AttributeDictionary. Now, how to place them in ArcGIS

Export a file, let's call it "", (Collada DAE, not SKP version 6) from SU8. In ArcCatalog10, create a new FeatureSet in your geodatabase (I call it "3D_Models"), using your original coordinate system (I guess you should use UTM if you started your modelling inside Sketchup and georeferenced it via its Google Earth link), then use the "Import 3D Files" from the Toolbox to import the file "" into a new Multipatch FeatureClass (let's call it "Model") inside 3D_Models. Now your model is part of the FeatureSet, inheriting its coordinate frame. Typically, it now is badly located. In SU, read the value of ModelTranslationX, ModelTranslationY from the model's GeoReference AttributeDictionary. These are offsets in inches (!). Convert those values to metres, and "Edit 3D features", Select your model Multipatch feature, and "Move" by these amounts. If all worked well, you should have a perfect match!

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Imports one or more 3D models into a multipatch feature class.


  • Preserve the texture of 3D models by storing the output multipatch in a geodatabase. Shapefiles do not support the retention of textures.

  • If the top side of the resulting multipatch features are oriented sideways, try adjusting the orientation by using this tool again with the Y_Is_Up parameter enabled.

  • GeoVRML is the only format that has a defined coordinate system. Many 3D models are generated using local coordinate systems that center the XYZ axis on 0, 0, 0. Such features can be georeferenced to real-world coordinates using one of the following methods:

    • If the 3D models need to be rotated and shifted, consider performing spatial adjustment techniques to position the features properly. Learn more about spatial adjustment.
    • If the 3D models are oriented properly for a given coordinate system and only need to be shifted to the correct position, consider customizing the Coordinate System properties to produce the necessary shift. If point features that define the position of each model's centroid in real-world coordinates are available, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, consider using the points as inputs for the tool to georeference the models.
  • Point and line geometries that may exist in a 3D file are not maintained in the output multipatch feature class, as multipatches do not support them.


    Unsupported geometry types for VRML files include Box, Cone, Cylinder, Extrusion, PointSet, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, Sphere, and Text.


Import3DFiles(in_files, out_featureClass, {root_per_feature}, {spatial_reference}, {y_is_up}, file_suffix, {in_featureClass}, {symbol_field})

Code sample

Import3DFiles example 1 (Python window)

The following sample demonstrates the use of this tool in the Python window.

Import3DFiles example 2 (stand-alone script)

The following sample demonstrates the use of this tool in a stand-alone Python script.


Licensing information

  • Basic: Requires 3D Analyst
  • Standard: Requires 3D Analyst
  • Advanced: Requires 3D Analyst

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Adding SketchUp Models to ArcGIS Urban

With the fourth technological wave incoming, more and more construction firms and government authorities are switching to 3D visualization of building projects before they accept the proposal. The requirement of truly look at a scene of how the project will look like – not just imagine in via abstract drawings – is becoming the standard. Using ArcGIS Urban, you can let your client or boss look at how the project will look in real life setting, but to do that, you will need to know how to use your CAD models in ArcGIS Urban.

In this guide, we will discuss how to import and utilize a SketchUp model in ArcGIS Urban. We will explore the steps to export the SketchUp model to the right format, importing it into ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, upload it to ArcGIS Online, and finally publishing it on ArcGIS Urban. Let’s go!

  1. Export the SketchUp Model

    • Open your building model in SketchUp.
    • Select the entire model. You can use drag selection or “ select all ” option from menu, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives. There is also the Ctrl+A shortcut.
    • Right-click the selected model. Select “ Make Component &rdquo.
    • The component creation box appears. You can put a name and other properties here.
    • Uncheck “ replace section ” box, and click “ create &rdquo.
    • Now go to the Export menu (in File menu) and then choose to export as COLLADA (.dae) file.
  2. Import the model to ArcGIS Pro

    • Open ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives new ArcGIS Pro project. Use a “ Local Scene &rdquo.
    • Right click “ File Geodatabase ” in the Catalog tab.
    • Select New > Feature
    • A box opens. Give a Name and an Alias here.
    • Select “ Multipatch ” in the feature class type drop-down.
    • Click Finish to get out of the box.
    • Go to the Edit tab to click on Create .
    • Find the model file option and click on the green plus sign beside it.
    • A file choice box opens. Select the .DAE file you’ve just exported from SketchUp and click on Ok.
    • The model will snap to your mouse cursor. Use that to move the model to where it should be placed on the map, and click there. Be careful in this step.
    • Save your project. ( Edit>Save ).
  3. Note: you can always select the model and use Edit Tools to adjust and fit the model in the exact position. When done, make sure you Save the project before proceeding.

  4. Upload to ArcGIS Online

    • Click Table of Contents and right click on the Multipatch Feature Layer.
    • Select “ Sharing ” and click on “ Share as Web Layer &rdquo.
    • A box should appear asking for various info about this model. Fill it up as necessary. You must input a Name and select a few tags.
    • You can choose to save your model into a specific Folder if you want. It’s not necessary, but it’s a good organizational practice.
    • You should also choose who to share the model to, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives. If unsure, just select “ Everyone &rdquo.
    • Click on Publish and your model will be uploaded!
  5. Verify it in ArcGIS Online

    • Open your ArcGIS Online Organization and sign in.
    • Browse and find your uploaded model. It will be saved as a Scene Layerfound inside Contents .
    • Click the thumbnail to open the Scene layer. It will create a Scene to show the model.
    • Check if it looks all right here.
  6. Add the Multipatch model into ArcGIS Urban

    • Open the ArcGIS Urban Model into which you wanted the building model to fit.
    • Click Add and then select Projects .
    • Go to Project Polygon > Draw and click on “ Add Project &rdquo.
    • A box ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives appear asking for some information. Fill out the details as you want. You must give a Name here.
    • Press Ok to accept the model. A new project is created. Select it.
    • Click on Options and select Configure .
    • In the next box, open the Scenarios tab and select a scenario.
    • There will be Scene Layers available under the Design Visualization Find yours.
    • Select the Scene Layer you’ve just uploaded to and viewed in ArcGIS Online, and click Ok, and Ok
    • This will open up the Urban viewwith your model sitting pretty in the exact location you’ve placed it Process Lasso Pro With Full Version Crack it, ArcGIS Pro SketchUp Archives, you’re done! Now you can show your pretty model off in the real-life setting as it is intended to become.

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