Materials not exporting, why not?


#1

Creating the designs is a work in progress, however where I run into issues is when I attempt to export a design item. The exported file only comes through as a wireframe and I lose all added textures. Any ideas how to fix this?


#2

In what file format are you trying to export ?
Have you set its Options in the Export dialog to include what you want - like faces, materials etc ?
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#3

TIG,
Ok I went to the options in the export dialog and basically just turned everything on and exported the file as a dwg and it still just came through as a wireframe. Before I changed the options I would go to ‘file’ , ‘export’ , ‘3D Model’ and the dialog box opens where I want to export the file to and the file is titled ’ Untitled.dae’.


#4

DWG files do not carry materials in them, but the SketchUp faces should export perfectly. How they look like in AutoCad depends on the view style you are using - they won’t show in the wireframe style that is usually the default. You must select one of the shaded styles, just like in SketchUp.

Anssi


#5

I’m not clear on the difference between the term ‘materials’ and ‘faces’ within SketchUp. I’m assuming one term is making reference to the texture that is added to a side of a shape?

I’m also curious if the fact that I’m using ‘TurboCad’ and not AutoCAD if that is creating a problem. I did try and change the view in TurboCad and although the shape was filled in as opposed to seeing a wireframe, it wasn’t the texture that I had added in SketchUp.


#6

By materials I really meant textures. The standard DWG format doesn’t store them. AutoCad has a rendering function of its own, but it is basically a plugin that stores its textures in the drawing’s XDATA in a format that is not readable or writeable by any other application.

Anssi


#7

Ah gotcha thanks for clarifying Anssi, So is there anyway to export a design with its added materials to it looks as it does in SketchUp? Besides TurboCad, I also have CorelDraw and Photoshop. I’m designing a sculpture and would like to show the client a design concept that I can email to them, but sending a naked (wireframe)sculpture kind of looses its pizazz! What am I missing? (besides the knowledge.)


#8

try Visualizer extension and send rendered images?


#9

Cool. I’ll give that a shot. Thanks