Can SU import DEM files to model a terrain?
The easiest way I know of to import a heightmap into SketchUp is with Blender. In Blender, make a plane (Shift + A, mesh --> plane) and apply a subdivision surface modifier & a displace modifier. Add your height map as the displacement texture. Adjust the displacement strength until you like it, then apply the modifiers in the correct order. Export a COLLADA file, then import it into SketchUp.
This is great for art, but isn’t accurate enough for actual measurements.
I used this height map I found on Google images to make this terrain…
Yes, SU Pro can import DEM files.
Yes, take a look at this article: Importing DEM Files for Terrain
Check this for my tutorial-like content about how to import DEM files.
Both Make and Pro can import DEM files according to this help center page.
How do I convert a png heightmap into a .dem file? I manually changed it to .dem &.ddf, but after importing I got an error message saying “file format not supported” “Import failed”.
I don’t really know a way of doing that.
But maybe this plugin will be useful: Bitmap to Mesh
Did anyone make any progresses regarding to import a *.dem into SketchUp?
My Environment is:
- Windows 7 with SU 2018 and SU 2016