Chief Architect Help Database - Article Number: 640
How to Locate Extra 3D Symbols to Import in to Chief ArchitectThe information in this article applies to:
- Chief Architect X5
- Chief Architect X4
- Chief Architect X3
- Chief Architect X2
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?
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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.
3DS, SKP, OBJ, 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 Catalog and Content Resouces
Chief Architect provides current version customers are current with their SSA to download and install additional content from both manufacturers, as well as other libraries, from our website directly.
Chief Architect's ChiefTalk Users' Forum
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
Trimble's 3D Warehouse
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.
You can find more web sites like these online by searching for 3D symbols and content using your preferred search engine, or by posting in the free online users' forum, ChiefTalk, to find what other symbol websites Chief Architect users find to be valuable.
Also see Article #117: How to import a 3D symbol from an outside source to learn how to import the symbols you find.
Last updated on: Feb 08, 2013