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.


ALoopingIcon said...

Hi, just a small additional note,
if you are interested in using MeshLab to clean stuff and such, keep an eye on meshlabstuff.blogspot.com
I am going to post simple tutorials of MeshLab use in practical cases...


Ancyento said...

Sketchup import/export (STL, STEP, 3DS, OBJ, IGES, 3DM, DWG, DXF, VTK). Download plugins...