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Google 3-D Warehouse and SketchUp utilities

Summary: We have been adding support for Google SketchUp and Google Earth files within Rhino. Browse and Load models directly from Google 3d Warehouse. Import SketchUp files directly in Rhino 4.0. Anchor Rhino files in Google Earth.

We have been adding support for Google SketchUp and Google Earth files within Rhino 4.0.



This plug-in is included in the Rhino 5.0 WIP.

Importing SketchUp Files

V4 SR8 includes an import plugin to open SketchUp Version 7 files.

Rhino 4 comes with the reader for SketchUp (.skp) file format. You will find it in the Open, Import, Insert and Worksession Manager Dialogs. By default, SketchUp models are imported as a Mesh. You can change the way the SketchUp files are imported by using the SketchUpImportOptions command before you open the SketchUp file.

In the SketchUpImportOptions the facetype option controls how the SketchUp objects will show up in Rhino. The Mesh is default. TrimmedPlane will import the SketchUp objects as Trimmed NURBs surfaces. You can choose to join all the surfaces together or not.

If you choose to import as a Mesh into Rhino, the SketchUp textures will also come into Rhino. To see the texture you must be in Rendered Viewport mode. Right-click on the Viewport names and select rendered to see the textures.


When you open a SketchUp file, the textures, which are contained in the SketchUp file are expanded as seperate JPG files into the same directory as the SketchUp file. These are the texture files that Rhino uses for displaying its model.

Note: Remember in Rhino 4 we can Trim and Boolean with mesh objects directly

If you choose to import the SketchUp model as a series of Trimmed planes, the textures will not preview correctly on the Rhino objects. But, the objects will be made of NURBs surfaces.

Exporting SketchUp Files

The SketchUp plugin that used to exist on the labs page has become outdated. Please use the one included in the Rhino V5 win32 WIP product. You can download it here.

Contact - Tim Hemmelman if you have any questions

Using 3d Warehouse

With the Google 3d Warehouse you can search, share or download 3D models.


Download latest build of the Google 3d Warehouse plugin which runs on Rhino 4.0.

build# 12/11/06

The download includes a plugin installer. After you download the installer file follow these steps to install:

  1. Unzip the entire contents to Rhino's Plug-ins folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Plug-ins)
  2. Double-click on the RegisterSketchUpGetModel.bat file that you just extracted.
  3. In Rhino 4.0, click the Tools→Options menu item.
  4. From the Plug-ins page, click Install.
  5. Browse to Rhino's Plug-ins folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 4.0\Plug-ins)
  6. Select the SketchUpGetModel.rhp file and click Ok.

Instructions to use:

  1. In Rhino, run the SketchUpGetModel command.
  2. Select a model in Google 3d Warehouse.:
  3. Click Download Model to load this model directly into Rhino.
  4. Note, the model will be saved in a directory under My Documents\My 3D Warehouse

Contact - Dale Fugier with questions about this plug-in

Placing Rhino models in Google Earth

In Rhino V4, we've added tools to the Rhino core that allow you to anchor your model to a specific location on the earth. The goal it to make sure the Rhino core has everything that's needed to support GIS, mapping, architectural,…, applications.

We constantly endeavor to make Rhino the most precise modeler available. When Rhino maps model space (3D Cartesian coordinates) to earth latitude, longitude and elevation, it takes into account the fact the earth is not round ( ).

For details on placing Rhino files in Google Earth, go to this page - Rhino to Google Earth

labs/threedwarehouse.txt · Last modified: 2014/06/26 (external edit)