Importing sketchup files to rhino 7 (or rhino wip)

Hello, My name is Saakshi. I have been having some problems when I am trying to export SketchUp files to rhino 7 (or rhino wip).

I don’t use Sketchup that much as my school uses rhino so I don’t know the details how the workflow of SketchUp works and what things are important to keep in mind while exporting SketchUp’s 3D model.

I had two models in SketchUp which I exported as a .dwg file and took it in rhino 7. One of them worked perfectly fine.

For the other file, I did the same steps, but the file size became huge to the point that I wasn’t able to use it lags a lot and working with it impossible. I reached out to rhino support as well, did things to reduce file size, remove unnecessary layers, block instances etc. but nothing is working. I tried directly exporting the file in rhino too but then I lose all layers and the output is grouped. Even after doing all this and reducing the file size, the problem still remains.

I was wondering if there is something I can do with the model in SketchUp before exporting it in rhino as I have everything I could do in rhino to make the model workable.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

This is the file that I am having trouble importing in rhino:

Palmyra House_Autocad.dwg (11.0 MB)

Looking at your model, there are a few issues, but then, I have NO idea what information Rhino imports.

Generally speaking, you have a huge list of Tags, but nothing is assigned to most of them.

There are a bunch of components, but many of them appear to be empty.

You have what appear to be phases modeled far apart from each other, duplicating certain geometry multiple times.

There are a few reversed faces, and a LOT of opportunity to use components to make this model perform better (in SketchUp).

However, as I mentioned, without knowing how this model was created or for what purpose, and how Rhino deals with importing the info in the model, there is not a whole lot I can see to change.

Maybe you should consider isolating just the portion of the model you want to export by copying it then pasting it into a new model and attempting to export that?

Sorry… just guessing!

Thank you so much for getting back to me! I understand what you’re saying and that’s what I am struggling to understand too as to how models are read in both software.

The model is made so that we can cut plans and sections, take the linework in illustrator to make drawings.

Thank you again!

But you can do that having a well organized model, I checked your file and it’s a bit messy, I’m not able to clean it up right now, I’m sure Dave or someone else will do it before I’m able to. You should check the free sketchup courses on the sketchup website to understand how the software works, it’s different to Rhino, both softwares are intuitive and kind of similar modeling methodology but still different approaches.

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To add to the above

To help achieve your goals, some time spent at the SketchUp Campus and at the SketchUp - YouTube channel will be very worthwhile. Both sites are from the SketchUp team. On the YouTube channel, pay attention to the Square One Series. It covers the basics for each tool.

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@TheOnlyAaron @francisquitof and @RLGL, thank you so much for these suggestions, I am going to spend some time learning and working in SketchUp as you said. Thank you for linking the resources!

Rhino can import and export SketchUp files (SKP) directly. I am not quite sure if it supports the 2021+ file format or if it needs an older one, and if the exporters and importers are in the WIP version.