SKP Import for AutoCAD is a SketchUp SKP file import plug-in for AutoCADÃ?Â®. This plug-in gives AutoCAD the ability to import geometric data from SketchUp SKP files.
SKP Import for AutoCAD reads polygon mesh data stored in SKP files and imports it into AutoCAD. A polygon mesh in a SKP file is comprised of a set of triangular or quad faces. SKP Import for AutoCAD recreates the SKP model data inside the active AutoCAD drawing. The model can be recreated as set of points, lines, polylines, 3D faces or a polyface mesh.
SKP Import for AutoCAD is very easy to use. Once installed, it must be loaded into the AutoCAD environment. There are simple instructions for this in the ReadMe file. Once loaded it adds new commands to AutoCAD's existing commands and a new menu called "SKPImport" to the AutoCAD menu containing these newly added commands.
The 'SKPImport' menu consists of the following commands:
SKPImport - Imports a SKP file
SKPImportHelp - Displays the SKP Import for AutoCAD help file
SKPImportRegister - Registers your copy of SKP Import for AutoCAD
SKPImportAbout - Displays the SKP Import for AutoCAD 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.