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I can't find the objects I want in the Library Browser and want to import a 3D symbol from an outside source. How can I do that?
Chief Architect allows you to import 3D symbols from outside sources in 3D .dwg, .dxf, .obj, .3ds, .stl, .dae, and .skp formats.
One excellent resource for free symbols online is Trimble 3D Warehouse which has a wide variety of symbols such as furniture, accessories, musical instruments, electronics, people, animals, vehicles, plants, fixtures, and appliances.
These symbols are created not only by individuals, but also companies such as GE Appliances ® KraftMaid ® and Whirlpool ®.
In this article, we will walk you through importing a symbol from Trimble 3D Warehouse, however, importing a 3D symbol in any of the accepted formats will follow the same basic procedure.
To download symbols from Trimble's 3D Warehouse
In the search field at the top of the page, type a word or multiple words and press Enter or press the Search button to search for a Model, or a Collection.
Once you have found the object you want, click on its picture to display the page where we can download the model.
Click on the Download
button to view the download choices. In many cases there are more than one versions or types of the model available, in these instances, you will want to select the highest version of Sketchup Model file available, such as Sketchup 8 Model
Note: The Mac version of Chief Architect X6 is not capable of importing SKP files it can however import Collada files.
Chief Architect X3 did not support importing Collada or version 8 SketchUp files.
Chief Architect X2 did not support importing Collada or version 7 SketchUp files.
Once we've selected to download the file, we will choose to Save
the file onto the Desktop.
You can choose to rename the file at this point if you wish, however this is not always necessary.
If you plan on downloading multiple symbols to bring in to your design, you may find it helpful to create a folder in an easy to access location on your computer in which to save all of the downloaded symbols into for easy access, such as your Desktop or Documents folder.
Once the file has been saved onto your computer, you are ready to bring it in to your Chief Architect plan.
To import the symbol into Chief Architect
Launch your Chief Architect software and Open
the plan in which you would like to import this symbol.
Right Click on the User Catalog in your Library Browser and Select New> 3D Symbol
or Select File> Import> 3D Symbol
to display the Import 3D Symbol File
The imported object will be selected and ready to be placed in the plan, click to place the object where you want it.
Take a 3D Camera
view to see the results.
Note: Some symbols may not come in at the scale you want or using the materials that you would prefer if you do not choose the Show Advanced Options box when importing the symbol.
Once imported in to Chief Architect, you can still select these imported symbols and choose Open Object to adjust its dimensions, materials and other features, such as light sources for electrical light symbols.
Files can also be dragged from your Desktop, Documents folder, or other location, and then dropped directly into floor plan view to initiate the Import 3D Symbol process.