Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Cleanup your Sketchup models Meshlab
Lately I have been getting further into using Google Sketchup, it has a great deal of hidden power under the surface, but one thing it is lacking (if you are using the free version), is a decent render option.
This is the workflow I have been using:
1 Export my finished model out of Sketchup as a Google Earth file.
2 Rename the model extension to .zip
4 Unzip the file
You can now browse inside the components of the file to find the .dae file which
is a collada file, a pretty standard 3D file that most programs can import.
5 Open Meshlab, tidy up the file and export the file.
6 Open into blender & render away
Meshlab is available from http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/
and is proving to moderately stable.