Can I export my SketchUp models to other programs or formats?

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The Quick Answer

  • SketchUp Make exports to COLLADA, Google Earth, 2D graphics, and animations.
  • SketchUp Pro exports the same as Make plus 3D graphics.

SketchUp Make

You can export 3D models to other programs in several 2D and 3D formats:

  • Export 2D images of your models.
    • JPEG image (.jpg)
    • Portable Network Graphics (.png)
    • Tagged Image File (.tif)
    • Windows Bitmap (.bmp).
  • Export your files to COLLADA (.dae) format for use in a variety of different 3D programs.
  • Place models in Google Earth. You can place SketchUp models in Google Earth by using the "Place Model" command. 
  • Export a Google Earth file directly in KMZ format. 
  • Share SketchUp models to the 3D Warehouse. 

SketchUp Pro

In addition to everything you can do with SketchUp, using SketchUp Pro you can:

  • Export in additional 2D formats:
    • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
    • Encapsulated PostScript Format (.eps)
    • Epix (.epx)
    • AutoCAD (.dwg, .dxf)
  • Export 3D models in additional formats:
    • 3DS (.3ds)
    • AutoCAD DWG (.dwg)
    • AutoCAD DXF (.dxf)
    • FBX (.fbx).
    • OBJ (.obj)
    • XSI (.xsi)
    • VRML (.vrml)
    • IFC (.ifc)
  • Export animations and walkthroughs as MOV with the Mac version of SketchUp, or export AVI files from the Windows version of SketchUp.

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