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3D rendering and google sketchup

Posted: 10 Jan 2019, 09:45
by DavyJones
Hi, Does anyone know if it is possible to export the 3D rendered images the tool produces so they can be imported into google sketchup?
What would be nice is if I could do this because hammon mfg has many of their boxes also rendered in 3D. I was going to ask them if there was a way to get their images in a format I could open with google sketchup as well. If I could import both the 3D rendered image from PCB layout and Hammond it would make things easy to get them aligned in the box.
I know I have no problems with the mounting holes that's not much of a concern. The concerns is more towards components that I will mount on the board itself once it is made. In particular I am planning on mounting one component and I want this to stick out through the box vertically and horizontally aligned center of the box.


Re: 3D rendering and google sketchup

Posted: 10 Jan 2019, 10:01
by Tomg
It's common to use STEP files for inter-CAD 3D rendering. DipTrace can export STEP files from its 3D Preview window. From what I have read, Sketchup cannot import STEP files. You will have to find a program that can convert STEP files into whatever Sketchup can import.

Re: 3D rendering and google sketchup

Posted: 10 Jan 2019, 10:10
by d1wang
In the layout editor's 3D visualization tool, you can export the board to .STEP model. STEP file is a de-facto standard and most 3D software supports it.

Hammond has 3D .STEP models available at

Import your board and enclosure models to any 3D software to visualize the assembly.

Re: 3D rendering and google sketchup

Posted: 10 Jan 2019, 10:59
by DavyJones
Excelent I got my drawing exported to the STEP file and converted and looking at it now in sketchup. I'm going to get the drawings now from Hammond I hope this works out ok this is pretty cool thanks

Re: 3D rendering and google sketchup

Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 10:32
by DavyJones
It worked! I had a engineer friend who has some good 3D modeling software convert the images to be read by sketchup and I was able to import the board and the box to get things aligned properly on my board so things line up.