Rhino to SketchUp for OpenStudio

asked 2015-10-01 11:28:39 -0500

updated 2015-10-01 11:30:48 -0500

Rhino has the ability to export AutoCAD file types [.dwg/.dxf] and 3DS Max files [.3ds], both of which can be imported into SketchUp (pro version is needed for dwg/dxf). I have also heard there is a Rhino to SketchUp plugin available, although I haven't worked with anyone who has used it before.

  • Is there a preferred/optimal format or workflow for Rhino to SketchUp?
  • What success or failure have you experienced trying to export Rhino to SketchUp to use OpenStudio?
  • Are there certain export settings (NURBS to mesh, other?) that are critical to success?

As with most 3D Model->BEM or BIM->BEM transfers, some level of clean up or re-work is a given.

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You may want to search unmethours for honeybee tag. There are some Rhino/SketchUp workflows, but if you end goal is to get to OpenStudio, you are better off getting to an OSM, gbXML, or IDF format vs. native SketchUp.

David Goldwasser gravatar imageDavid Goldwasser ( 2015-10-01 12:14:11 -0500 )edit

Did you ever get an answer for this @Lyle K? I'm working on this now and will contribute if I figure anything out.

Anna Osborne Brannon gravatar imageAnna Osborne Brannon ( 2016-03-23 17:14:38 -0500 )edit

@Anna Osborne , I've had some success exporting rhino as a 3D DWG (or DXF) file and then importing to sketchup. I was able to toggle on/off certain layers and elements within sketchup and trace the model elements I wanted to create OS model objects. This post has some suggestions for rhino to dwg/dxf output settings. You still have to 're-draw' the OS model in sketchup but I was able to recreate complex geometry and shading from the rhino model in a reasonable amount of time.

Lyle K gravatar imageLyle K ( 2016-03-23 17:34:53 -0500 )edit