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Locating Extra 3D Symbols to Import in to Chief Architect

Reference Number: KB-00640 Last Updated: 12-05-2014 01:54 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

I would like to obtain some free 3D 3DS, SKP, OBJ, ­DXF and ­DWG files to import into Chief Architect and use as 3D symbols in my plans. Where can I obtain these types of symbol files, free of charge?


ANSWER

3DS, SKP, OBJ, STL, DAE, as well as DXF and DWG files can be obtained both free of charge, and often for a fee, from a number of sources on the Internet. The following are just a few of the distributors of 3D models that provide symbols which can be imported, used, and added to the Chief Architect Library. 

Visit the web sites listed below to download free symbol files.


 

Chief Architect provides the links in this article for information only. We in no way endorse or support the use of any symbols obtained from these third party sources.

The links were tested at the time of the writing of this article, but we cannot guarantee the ongoing reliability of links to third party websites The following links lead to websites that hold content that may be usable in Chief Architect. Chief Architect cannot be responsible for the content found on these Web sites.

Some editing of models in 3rd party software may be required. Also, the extremely high face counts found in many of these symbols will severely increase rendering times.

 

  • Chief Architect Catalog and Content Resouces
    http://www.chiefarchitect.com/useraccess/content.html

    Chief Architect allows current version customers to download and install additional content for free and more content with purchase of Support and Software Assurance.


  • Chief Architect's ChiefTalk Users' Forum
    http://www.chieftalk.com/


    Our free online users' forum, ChiefTalk, provides a Symbols & Content section for registered users to post symbols that they have created, or request symbols from other Chief Architect users.


  • Other Content Resources

    http://www.chiefarchitect.com/usercenter/links.html#contentResources

    Chief Architect provides a list of individuals, and companies, who are known to provide third party symbols which can used in the Chief Architect programs on our website at the link above  There are also links to additional websites that provide fixtures, furnishings, backdrops, materials, etc.


  • Trimble's 3D Warehouse
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/

    Trimble's free online 3D Warehouse provides wide variety of models for free download, including many manufacturers such as Whirlpool®, Kohler®, GE Appliances® and KraftMaid®.

    These symbols can also be opened and edited in SketchUp to allow for further customization.

    Note: Sketchup files are not compatible with the Mac operating system. However, if you have imported an SKP file into the Windows version of Chief Architect you can export the item from your library as a Chief Architect Library File and then import it into the Mac version.