SKP Export for SolidWorks is a SketchUp SKP file export add-in for SolidWorksÃ??Ã?Â®. This add-in gives SolidWorks the ability to export 3D solid data from a SolidWorks part and assembly document to objects in a SketchUp SKP file.
SKP Export for SolidWorks tessellates the solid bodies in a SolidWorks part or assembly document into individual triangular meshes. These meshes are then exported to an SKP file as mesh objects. The level of tessellation can be controlled by adjusting the resolution slider in the SKP Export for SolidWorks options dialog box. A lower resolution will yield coarse meshes (lesser faces), whereas a higher resolution will result in finer meshes (more faces). You can also choose to have the Y Axis point upwards.
SKP Export for SolidWorks is very easy to use. It adds new commands to SolidWorks. Once installed, it automatically loads itself into SolidWorks and adds a new menu called "SKPExport" to the SolidWorks menu containing these newly added commands.
The 'SKPExport' submenu consists of the following commands:
Export - Export a SKP file
Help - Display the SKP Export for SolidWorks help file
Register - Register your copy of SKP Export for SolidWorks
About - Display the SKP Export for SolidWorks About box
The SKP File Format
SketchUp is a 3D modeling program designed for architects, civil engineers, filmmakers, game developers, and related professions. It also includes features to facilitate the placement of models in Google Earth. It is marketed as an easy-to-use conceptual tool with a simple interface. A well known feature in the SketchUp World is the 3D Warehouse. Users can use their Google Accounts to upload models, and then browse the 3D Warehouse for many components and models. SketchUp's native file format is has a SKP extension.