The conundrum is this: When importing an object into SketchUp using FBX/3DS/OBJ format, how does one tell that imported file to use a material already in the SketchUp library? No matter what method you try, at least one duplicate material is always created.
Let’s say you have a material called ‘wood’ in SketchUp. You’ve adjusted the mat in SketchUp just how you want it. Now you import an FBX into SketchUp using your plugin of choice (for me, it’s Skimp - excellent!!). That particular object already has a material already applied from the original source 3D program (like Max) named the exact same thing: ‘wood’. The first thing that happens is that a new material is created in SketchUp called ‘wood1’. If you tweak ‘wood1’ in any way, then import the same object, a brand new material will be created called ‘wood2’. Etc…etc…
There never seems to be a way to say ‘use existing material’ - like you can in other popular 3D programs.
Is there a way around this? Perhaps a plugin to organize or swap materials? What this means, of course, is that you can never truly have a proper materials library if you follow any kind of object import workflow. Other applications such as Lumion and Twinmotion suffer from the same issue - as does Unreal when using the Datasmith workflow.
I’ll reach out to Skimp as well and see if there’s anything on their end they can do…!