Best way to Export a Revit model to Sketchup

Best way to Export a Revit model to Sketchup

What’s happening ladies and gentlemen this is Minh from Architecture Inspirations Today I’m gonna show how to export a Revit model to DWG and then import it into Sketchup Let’s get started First open your model in 3D view. Here, I have created an Isolated view that only show the building because as you can see my whole model is HUGE. Let’s go back to the other view and get started The first thing to do here is we are going to use Model Lines and draw a reference point. This will help us align the different parts of the model later in Sketchup after importing Now let’s duplicate this view Rename it to the category that you want to export In this case I want to export the doors so I renamed it to SKP (for sketchup) dash, doors Now we can use Visibility Graphics to hide all of the other categories EXCEPT doors And remember to keep the Lines category visible because that is what make up our reference point. You can see that there are OTHER things in the model that are not doors, what are these? In this case, these are 3D or 2D models that I’ve imported which I can turn off by going to the imported categories tab and uncheck them all. Remember that we have the Lines category on? That’s what these are They’re just other lines I’ve drawn in my model most of them are room separation lines or model line that I’ve created. You can easily hide these by right clicking the line, go to hide – category or elements. Do the same for other unwanted lines. Just make sure you DON’T hide our reference lines And there you have it, the Doors are ready to be exported I will repeat this process for another category. Let’s duplicate the doors view and rename it to, say, Walls Use VG to bring up visibility graphics uncheck the doors check the walls Press OK, BOOM, done. The reason why we don’t have to hide the other unwanted models or lines like before is because we duplicated the doors view and in that view those elements were already hidden and Revit remembered that Let’s do the same for Curtain Walls. Now curtain walls are a little bit tricky. But let’s repeat our normal process. Duplicate the view, rename to curtain walls, press VG to go to Visibility Graphics check the curtain panels and curtain systems, mullions, and uncheck the last category, which is Walls And…what happened? Only one piece of the curtain walls showed up, and that visible element is actually a curtain system. Now let’s go to my Isolated view and you can see that there are in fact curtain walls in my model lots of them actually. But only the curtain systems showed up in our new view the curtain walls did not show up because they are Actually part of WALLS So let’s go to Visibility Graphics check Walls and press OK Well there you go, they showed up! But… along with the actual walls. Now to clean up the model, and only show the curtain walls, we can hide these by first selecting a type of wall that we don’t want to show, then right click, select all instances in view, then right click again, hide in view – elements. A faster way to do this is to use keyboard shortcuts, all you need to do is select one wall that you’d like to hide, press SA to select similar elements in the model, then press EH to hide those elements in view, this will hide all walls that are the same Type and it really speed up the “cleaning” process a whole lot. Now that all of the walls are hidden, I have an isolated view of the curtain walls But let’s say my curtain walls are consisted of other elements such as glass, mullions, and rainscreen panels, then I can repeat the same workflow to separate those elements. Step one, duplicate the view and rename it to the category that you want to export Step two, Use Visibility Graphics and keyboard shortcuts to hide everything except the category that you want to show And just repeat this process until you have separated the different categories that you want to export in their respective views Now remember that the reason why we’re separating these categories in Revit before exporting is to make it EASIER to apply materials when we import the model into Sketchup. Once you’ve got all the different categories of the model organized in different views, you can then start the exporting process. You can see in the project browser that I have approximately 15 different categories that I want to export. Of course there are more elements in a model than those 15 types, but since the model is quite big, I want to export only the things that are essential to the project. Also keep in mind that there’s no point transferring an element to Sketchup that doesn’t show in the final rendering. In this case, I want to do an exterior rendering, there’s no point in importing elements such as furniture because most of them are in the interior. Now let’s start the exporting process. Go to one of the 3D views that we’ve created. Click Revit Icon, go to Export, CAD Formats, DWG. We’ll be doing this for all of the views as well, so it’s good to use keyboard shortcuts to speed up the process but since Revit doesn’t have a default shortcut for exporting the model to DWG, we can set up our own hotkey. To do that, Click the Revit Icon, go to Options, User Interface, Keyboard Shortcuts, Customize. and search for DWG, and it’s this Command right here I’d like to set mine as Ctrl+E because well E is for export but you can do whatever you like Press OK Press OK again Now watch how fast this is I wanna export this view right? so I press Ctrl+E, Enter, Enter again, that’s it! Next one Ctrl+E, Enter, Enter You get the point When you’ve got all of these views exported to DWG, let’s import them into sKETCHUP Open up Sketchup and go to File->Import and then just select one of the views that you have exported. There you go, that’s the walls. Also note that this is the reference point we have created earlier Again, I like to use keyboard shortcuts to speed up the process. Sketchup doesn’t have a default hotkey for importing but I can customize my own by going to Window, Preferences, shortcuts, and search for Import. You can see that I’ve already set mine to Ctrl+I, well because I is for import, but it can be anything you want. Now I can press Ctrl+I, then select my next category, which is structure in this case. And there we go. Notice how the structure that I’ve just imported doesn’t line up correctly with the walls? All we need to do is press M for the move tool and move the reference point into the correct position which is right here. That’s pretty much all of the steps, just repeat this process until you’ve imported all of the parts of the model. The import is finished! Now watch me apply materials to All of the curtain walls glass in one click. Ready? BOOM It’s magic baby SO how did I do it? If you’ve been following all of the steps since the beginning of the video, you already know how I did it. It’s because we separated each category before exporting so that when we imported each of the Views from Revit, they come in as separate Components or Groups. Which make it super easy to select and apply materials quickly. I’m actually selecting all of the glass right now, and if I double click, I will go to Edit Component Mode and you can see that other geometries are faded out while the glass are highlighted. There’s actually a trick that you can use to make it even EASIER to see the geometries that you are editing. Go to Window, Model Info, Components, Fade rest of model, Check the Hide box. And BAM Sketchup hides everything else and now you can see all of the glass. If you have some trouble trying to select the group that you want, try using Sketchup’s Outliner tool. Just go to window, Outliner. This tool lists out all of the groups that you have and you can select the group by clicking on its name on the list. This makes the selection process even easier. Now before I end this tutorial, let’s go through all of the steps of this workflow again. Number One Create a 3D View of your model Number Two Draw a reference point Number Three Duplicate view and rename it to the category that you want to export Number Four Use VG and keyboard shortcuts to hide everything except the category that you want to show Number Five Repeat the process for all of the other parts of the model that you want to export Number Six Export each view to DWG And Seven Import each view to Sketchup And there you go, that’s the best way to export a Revit model to Sketchup, well the best that I know But if you know of any other way or have any suggestions, just let me know in the comments section below. Like the video if you find it useful, and hit that SUBSCRIBE button for more videos in the future. I’ll see you guys next time.

87 thoughts on “Best way to Export a Revit model to Sketchup

  1. The start of the Revit->Sketchup->Vray->Photoshop series, here's the best way to export a Revit model to Sketchup so you can eventually render it with Vray 🙂

  2. wow man this took lots of time for you to make the video! but the result is awesome 😀 tnx and obviously, right subscribed to see more videos like this

  3. hey this was excellent. I also like to make hide rest of model a shortcut in sketchup to speed up render time when the model is very detailed… thanks.

  4. This video was really helpful for me, I hate Sketchup ( :D), but Revit is new for me, and I was afraid of modelling something except the building in it, so now I can just put that thing into Sketchup and do the rest in it…you are amazing 🙂 video was also funny, not just educational! love it :))

  5. Whoa, man! I haven't even started applying your tips (which seem to be pretty non-conventional and super pro) but I already know I'm about to watch all your vids as you do it in the most desired way possible – quick, clear and so funny! Keep up this work my Master! 😀

  6. Bruh, great video content my friend. Finally someone found a way to make tutorial videos interesting and fun! I was fully engaged the entire time and learned lot is just 10mins! You are one of the only people ive seen that actually do summaries at the end and show shortcut commands on the video, it helps retain the information alot more 🙂 i wish you did more Revit videos. One question thou, why do you use Vray instead of the Revit renderer ?

  7. Hey man! Great work on the video learned a lot. Just wanted to ask why is it that when I imported the DWG files to Sketchup my walls are all warped, distorted, or transparent, the form is there but it is not considered whole face just meshes. Thanks in advance for your answer.

  8. Excellent Work, man, you make a very good videos, i congratulate you. I do not know if what i say is a question or a request, but will you have or will you someday tutorial's to fully teach the people who are just starting in this world of computer modeling?, will you have videos of beginner's?, or you can do some in the future?, explaining the program's that you most know how to use, As the photoshop, Sketchup, Revit, etc..Thanks for Waching 🙂

  9. we can export all views SKP from revit to dwg in one click – in menu export click to "export: " – "in-session view/sheet set", then click to "Show in list" – "Views in the model", and mark all 3d view "SKP"

  10. Even if I don't add this tutorial, the video composition, editing, flawless and amusing telling is really amazing. Great work.

  11. dude, good stuff! what template are you using in sketchup and how can you tell what scale DWG you are exporting from revit? Ps: the shortcut to get to the "shortcuts" dialog in revit is KS

  12. Thank you so much! Big help for my upcoming assignments! I really wanna ask, what are those add-ons that you're using in your Sketchup?

  13. I really don't know how to express my feeling. Very clear, smart and interest explanation! I think you should do more of Sketchup tips instead of Vray only. I'll be waiting cause i'm practicing it after a long time using Revit :). One question, are you Vietnamese? if it's true, i'll be very proud :).

    by far THE most concise straight to the point tutorial i have ever come across. I mean i even took my time to log in to put a Like man! Great Effort, many thanks

  15. Great Video. But couldn't you Export the model as a DWG in one go and change the settings within the Export Window? For example – I've seen where checking the Acis Solids option and then changing the Exporting overrides (Bilayer or Byentity) will generate basically the same end result. One of the benefits I see of doing it this way is all your similar components are grouped where as exporting it in one go may keep individual components but won't group similar instances (glass, mullions, etc.). I'm a Revit novice so if this is a better way I'm all ears. The only downside to my method is that importing a full model takes some time vs importing separated groups individually.

  16. Great video, thanks!! I'll def try this out and use it (if needed) at work. Also, check out You can bi-directionally link models made in different programs w/out having to convert them. UPDATE: I just exported my revit model, following the steps. thumbs up! Plus the video quality is excellent. Thanks a bunch.

  17. Hi!
    First, the tutorial was useful and clear as usual. I just wanted to know if you tried V-Ray for Revit? So, it wouldn't be necessary to export the model from Revit to SketchUp. If you do and still like more render on SketchUp, why?


  19. Congratulations!!!! Your talent is seen not only on your technical knowledge but also on your communication skills; It was fun and easy to follow and remember !!! Thanks for bringing tutorials to a higher level !!!

  20. Nice trick. Have you tried using filters based on materials? It might elevate the select/hide requirement. Just a thought. Thanks for this.
    What do you do if you want the exterior of the wall to show as one material and the interior to show as another? I'm working on a construction phasing and need to show exterior walls being installed with brick on the outside and concrete-ish material on the inside. Thanks.

  21. This answered my questions and dificulties I was having at first with Revit import to sketchup,Thanks a lot

  22. A simpler way is to Export as ACIS solids
    Then you can delete the materials in Sketchup and choose yours painting the groups with the bucket and switching the layers to help the organization.
    But still a very funny tutorial to watch. Thanks for the creativity!

  23. Hey +Architecture Inspirations priciate all the videos! They are very helpful! So Im trying to decide to either buy V-ray for Sketchup or V-ray for Revit as it is now available. Which combo do you think would be better and what are a few pros/cons ? Thanks in advance!

  24. A bit late to the party, but just discovered this tutorial, and totally agree with the many comments before! One of the best videotutorials Ive ever seen! Really looking forward to going through the rest of your vids 🙂 What software are you using for the screengrab? /Patrik the Swede, BIM evangelist

  25. When I go into import to import the file, it does not show me any DWG file. As if he was not reading them.

    If you can explain to me why I would be very grateful to you

  26. i exported everything and when i go to paint nothing changes. even if i click within the group. in entity info it says it is painted but graphically it is not showing. I tried making my own group and painting it and it worked fine. please respond quickly! my architectural thesis is in 2 weeks!

  27. Thank you so much for the amazing tutorial.♥️
    If I import my model to sketchup, do the objects keep their material? I mean can I have a vray render in sketch up from the model and its materials which were assigned to it in revit? (I am not a native English speaker, so that question was hard as F to ask. Hope it was clear😫)

  28. I'm facing an error message when trying to import the dwg files into sketchup. The error message reads " Error opening AutoCAD import file:____(invalid file version). This does not appear to be a valid AutoCAD DWG or DXF file or the file is write protected".

    Help anyone?

  29. there is a nice plugin – simlab sketchup exporter, it is not free, but it does the same work a i think it´s worth the money, when you export regulary.

  30. Question on Enscape: is it harder to assign materials in Revit than in Sketchup reason a lot of people are using Enscape thru Sketchup? THanksr

  31. Nice trick. you can also export all model and then use the layers in sketchup to apply material. example:

  32. i have exported my revit model same way as you showed in this video. but i can not change my material in sketchup.. please help me out with this.

  33. Great tips in here! As stated, due to this being a few years old…there may be new methods. I’ve learned the potential of Transmutr from Minh’s other vids and purchased it. Very powerful and though it may be able to allow for a smooth FBX workflow by borrowing some tips from this vid. After doing some testing with different exporters, I found decent results in setting up isolated Revit views by system, exporting with Twinmotions free FBX exporter, running through Transmutr for correction of scale/up axis and material mapping. Still not painless but better than the old days.

  34. Great video, hey I've another time saving tip. You can also set up a short cut for "hide rest of model" in Sketchup

  35. everything goes perfect until I import to SketchUp, the scale is too different and the walls and other stuff aren't complete, how can I import in the right size and completed?

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