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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.
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.
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.
Note: This dialog and associated options are only available for Chief Architect Premier and Chief Architect Interiors.
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.