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SketchUp: Land F/X Import Tool

Our Import tool for SketchUp brings your planting plan and Reference Notes (RefNotes) such as site amenities from a CAD drawing into a SketchUp model. It also imports your planting palette and RefNotes inventory into SketchUp for future use.



Land F/X Import Tool Overview

Before importing from CAD into SketchUp, you'll need to export the project from CAD using our 3D Connection. For more information, see Exporting a Land F/X Project from CAD below.

Open the Land F/X Import tool:




LandFX toolbar, Import Plants button


Land-FX menu, Import Plants option

Exporting a Land F/X Project from CAD

Before importing your plants and RefNotes from a CAD drawing into a SketchUp model, you'll need to export your design from CAD to SketchUp.

The units you set in your SketchUp model must match the units you've set in the associated Land F/X project and CAD drawing. For information on matching your units between CAD and SketchUp, see our Setting the Units in SketchUp documentation section.



Open the CAD drawing associated with the project you want to export into SketchUp.




In our example, we'll export the data from this CAD drawing, along with the associated Land F/X project, into SketchUp. This will include not only the database containing plants and RefNotes we've added to the project, but also the data reflecting the placement of those items in the drawing.



Once we've exported these items from CAD, we can then import components from the drawing and the associated project into a SketchUp model.



Still in CAD, open our 3D Connection tool :




F/X Planting ribbon, 3D Connection flyout





Plant Render toolbar




Planting toolbar

F/X Planting menu, 3D Connection option




or type SketchUpExport in the Command line




The 3D Connection dialog box will open.



Click Export Design to export the plant and RefNote data from this drawing and the associated Land F/X project into SketchUp.




You'll see an AutoCAD message that your design has been exported into SketchUp.



Click OK to close this dialog box.



The plants and RefNotes you've added to the Land F/X project associated with this drawing has been exported into SketchUp. The data reflecting the placement of the plants and RefNotes has also been exported.



You're now ready to import all this data into your SketchUp model.

Importing Plants Into a SketchUp Model

Open a new or existing SketchUp model.



Open the Land F/X Projects tool:




LandFX toolbar, Place Site Amenity button


Land-FX menu, Projects option




The Land F/X Projects dialog box will open. Here, you'll see a list of all projects you've created in SketchUp, or imported from CAD into SketchUp. The list will now contain the name of the project you've just exported from CAD in the steps described above.

This dialog box will also open if you select the Import Plants tool before opening a project.




Click the name of the project you've exported from CAD to SketchUp.

Make sure you're selecting the correct project number. In our example, the dialog box contains two projects named Tutorial 1 Metric. The project we imported from CAD is the one with the number 9010-M.




Your project will open in SketchUp, and the Land F/X Projects dialog box will close. Select the Import Plants from CAD tool as described above.




The Land F/X Import dialog box will open.



1. The Land F/X Import dialog box lists all plants and Amenity RefNotes you've specified in the Land F/X project you're about to import. Each plant and RefNote's name will be listed below a box, which may or may not contain a symbol for that item.



2. If you're importing a an object that you haven't added or placed in SketchUp, the box appearing above that object's name in the dialog box will either be blank or contain a question mark (?). If so, you'll need to assign a symbol to that object in SketchUp before you can place it in your design.

For information on how to assign symbols to plants and RefNotes in CAD, see our documentation on:



3. Once you've assigned symbols to all plants and RefNotes in your project and are ready to place them in your SketchUp model, click Import.




Your plan has now been imported into your SketchUp design. Your plants and RefNotes will retain the same placements as in your CAD drawing.





Here's a closer view:


Related Videos


SketchUp: Basic troubleshooting (adding, placing, importing plants)


Issue: You imported your plants (or other blocks) into SketchUp from CAD, but they appear extremely small or far away


Issue: SketchUp crashes, or plants don't place correctly, when you attempt to import plants into SketchUp from CAD


Issue: Plants don't show up in SketchUp when you import them from CAD


Issue: When you import and export between CAD and SketchUp, your blocks (plants or site amenities) look overly large or small, or are scaled incorrectly


Issue: You have an academic SketchUp license and are unable to locate your Land F/X project in SketchUp


Issue: Objects are appearing in the incorrect locations or backward in your SketchUp model


Issue: The Land F/X SketchUp plugin freezes or becomes unresponsive


Issue: Your custom 3D symbols for plants or other objects are not showing up in SketchUp when you import your drawing


Issue: Clicking one of the Land F/X tool buttons in SketchUp does nothing


Issue: Your SketchUp components are not lining up correctly with your CAD blocks

Issue: Plant copies with the same code are missing when you attempt to send your project to SketchUp

Last modified on Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:43

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