Importing 3DS files

To import a 3DS model file:

  1. Click File > Import. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  2. Select the type of file to import from the 'Files of type' (Microsoft Windows) or 'Format' (Mac OS X) drop-down list.
  3. (optional) Click on the Options button to modify the import options for the incoming file. See the following Import Options section for further information.
  4. Click OK to import the file.
  5. Note: It can take several minutes to import a large file because SketchUp's native geometry is very different from most CAD software and the conversion process is calculation-intensive.


  6. Click OK in the Import Results dialog box. The model will appear in the drawing area at the origin.
  7. (optional) Click on the Zoom Extents tool to locate the imported model if it is not currently displayed in your drawing area.