SketchUp Pro New Features

& 2023 SketchUp Update

Explore the new updates for SketchUp Pro 2023

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New and improved cross functionality across CAD & BIM Programs

The SketchUp 2023 launch introduces major updates to Studio (highlighting the Revit importer), and tangible improvements to core modeling and documentation tools on SketchUp for Desktop and LayOut.

Many SketchUp customers are using our tools alongside other BIM and CAD software. Overtime we have received multiple requests for improving the interoperability workflows between SketchUp and these other tools, especially Revit, so that transitioning from one tool to another becomes frictionless.

We therefore decided to investigate some potential solutions starting with looking at ways to improve how Revit files are imported inside SketchUp. We are pleased to announce that we now have a Revit Importer as part of Studio subscription.
  1. Connects two core industry tools
  2. Preserves model integrity by translating Revit families into components and groups
  3. Creates a smoother transition between the design development and construction documentation phases

via a one-directional import option from Revit to SketchUp so that you can smoothly navigate the design development and construction documentation phases.

  1. Efficient 3D modeling
  2. Extensible capabilities via 3rd party plug-ins
  3. Pre-built 3D model library

in an intuitive and extendable 3D modeling environment so that you can capture and develop your ideas.

According to Carl Goodiel, a VDC Manager at HenselPhelps, one North America’s largest general contractors, SketchUp’s Revit importer speeds up his workflow from a couple of days to less than a day.

This functionality does not require that SketchUp users have a Revit license, broadening the opportunity for multiple stakeholders with diverse tools to collaborate.

via extensive import/export options, including satellite imagery and industry files such as images, PDFs, DWGs, IFC, and point clouds.

such as high-quality renders, 360° panoramas, and animations through industry standard rendering tools so that you can present to project stakeholders, get consensus or win new work.

SketchUp users often work with Revit files beyond the initial concept design phase. The current workarounds for bringing in .RVT files to SketchUp are confusing and time-consuming.

With the new addition of a Revit Importer in SketchUp Studio, you can experience a simple, frictionless transition from Revit to SketchUp.

This one-click solution offers a path to accurately convert Revit projects to SketchUp models more efficiently than existing IFC and DWG imports. The clean translation of objects cuts out hours, if not days, for cleaning up models compared to previous import options.

SketchUp 2023 in a nutshell:

The Revit Importer will enable SketchUp users to collaborate more efficiently with project stakeholders who use Revit to create deliverables

The Revit Importer preserves model structures between both tools. Revit families and categories translate to components and tags respectively in SketchUp, ensuring clear communication and smoother collaboration.

By moving a Revit model back into the SketchUp 3D environment, designers can quickly iterate and develop details with tools for creativity.

By using the Revit importer to bring native .RVT files into SketchUp, users will save time because of the quick and accurate import.

Say goodbye to triangulation hell! The imported Revit file is automatically optimized for easier geometry manipulation in SketchUp and significant reduction in file size.

Revit materials’ colors and transparencies are respected during import to accelerate visualization workflows in SketchUp.

Revit levels are automatically translated to SketchUp Sections to easily navigate across your imported model.

The Revit Importer is a native functionality that does not require a separate add-on.

  1. The Revit Importer is a Windows-Only functionality
  2. No Revit license or installation is needed for making use of the importer
  3. To use any .rvt and/or file of version 2011 and later
  4. You will need a commercial Studio or a trial license to activate the importer

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