Skp file will not convert properly

I used HOVER.TO to create a .skp file of a house. I need to import the house into another program to modify it but that program requires the file to be a .obj file. I don’t own Sketchup shop or pro. I can view the .skp file in Sketchup free online and in Sketchup Viewer but if I try to view it in MeshLab after using on online converter (from skp to obj), an error occurs with the detail of : No vertex found.

Can anyone guide me on this? Thanks in advance.

Can you upload your .skp model file to the forum, either directly if it is under about 15MB, or to a file sharing service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive, or WeTransfer if it is larger, and provide a link in the forum?

If this is a one-off rather than a recurring requirement I or someone else with Pro could export it for you to .obj format.

And if you don’t want your model to be publicly visible, send it via private message to me in the same way I described above, and I’ll see if I can do it for you.

If your use is personal and non-commercial, you could download SU Make 2017. There is a limited selection of exporters to obj format on the SketchUcation plugin store.

Please complete your profile with the version of SU that you use, as well as your OS (Mavericks is what the version number suggests - is that correct and up to date now).

9777402.skp (270.4 KB)


Thank you for helping me with this and yes, it is a one off. Let me know if this attachment works and if not, I will put it in dropbox.



I had Sketchup in 2014, v16.0.19912 and it is expired. When that program attemped to open this new file I get a dialog box which says I need version 19.0.685 to open it.

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V16 would indicate SketchUp 2016, not 2014.

What are you expecting to get from this file? And how are you actually going to use it?

Currently most of the house is a wad of loose geometry with the windows as groups. It has no bottom faces.

I do a synchronized “lights to music” Christmas display and the program I use to program the lights to the music is now offering the ability to do this in 3d. Before that, I would import a .jpg as a background image and put the lighting on the background image. So now, I want to do that in 3d.

I don’t need the bottom, but having roof and wall textures would be perfect. The whole house is off-white and the whole roof is a weathered brownish-grey. The doors are brown and the windows have a grey frame around them. I am happy to texture it myself if I don’t need to buy “Shop” and can do it in the online Free version. (is this possible?) If not then as is would work because in the lighting program, I dim the house down to 20% anyway so that the lights are dominant.

There are no textures in the model you shared.

You can use the natively available materials in SketchUp Free which is free to use for hobbyist use. If you want to customize materials (or if this isn’t just a personal project) you would need either SketchUp Shop or SketchUp Pro.

OK< well then back to my original question/problem–why wont’ this convert to obj?

I’m not familiar with “HOVER.TO” but maybe you need to talk to the people that make it.

I’d question why a SketchUp file if you aren’t using SketchUp.

HOVER for the most part have building contractors as clients and they only offer Sketchup and Cad files as exports in their “Pro” version. They don’t have the ability to create or convert to OBJ.

I am talking with their online “chat” person, who probably isn’t a technical guy. Thank you for exploring this with me.

Can you point me in a direction where I can try to figure out why their file will not convert correctly to OBJ? Because there isn’t an associated texture file or some other reason? I will move on after this–thanks again!!!

I had no problem export an .obj
see if this works for you, I have zipped simply as obj isn’t an attachable format. (22.9 KB)

All I can tell you is there are no materials in the file you shared. As you can see, the In Model materials collection is empty. That means there were none in the file you got.

SketchUp will successfully export an OBJ from your file and with an OBJ importer, import the same thing.