Simplify any Object in your SketchUp Model

Let’s face it…SketchUp was not built to handle millions of polygons. Use Skimp to reduce the amount of faces in your model while maintaining the visual appearance.

Import, Preview, and Optimize FBX, OBJ, STL, 3DS, PLY

Skimp is an EXTREMELY FAST importer! But it’s not the speed that makes our import features so powerful. Skimp gives you the ability to actually preview the model and simplify the model BEFORE importing!

Replace Textures Tool

Have you ever imported a model into SketchUp only to find that all of the textures are missing? Skimp includes tools for easily replacing the textures of your model’s materials while maintain the position (UVs)

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Working with heavy, bloated, models has sucked the soul from many a SketchUp user. We’ve been there too…trying to import a million poly OBJ and waiting, waiting, and waiting some more. Finally! Import complete! But…no textures! Wrong scale! Wrong orientation! And worst of all…my model is now 500 MB and I can barely orbit! Sound familiar?

Simplify any Object in your SketchUp Model

This model was imported from the 3D Warehouse and the file size was reduced from 33 MB to 9MB with no significant change in appearance

Skimp can reduce the amount of faces,  drastically reduce SketchUp file size, and simplify your SketchUp model while maintaining the visual appearance.

Unfortunately, SketchUp was not built to handle millions of polygons.

With Skimp, you don’t need a supercomputer just to use a high-quality sofa or bed model from the 3D Warehouse.

Simplification should be Simple, right?

Skimp also preserves your model hierarchy. This means that components and nested objects are maintained.

Selective Simplification

Select any number of groups and components in your SketchUp model, and Skimp can optimize them in seconds.

It couldn’t be simpler! Just drag a slider until you are satisfied!

Skimp preserves Details when simplifying

Stop struggling with bloated high-poly models! It’s time to start enjoying SketchUp again, with Skimp!

 

Accurate Polygon Reduction in SketchUp

3D Printing and CAD / CAM applications cannot sacrifice accuracy when reducing the polygons of a model.

With Skimp, you can specify an error tolerance distance for simplifying your SketchUp model. Therefore, you can be certain that the details that fall within the tolerance will be preserved.

Import, Preview, and Optimize FBX, OBJ, STL, 3DS, PLY

Skimp is an EXTREMELY FAST importer! It can import FBX, OBJ, STL, 3DS, DAE, PLY, and VRML into SketchUp in seconds. But it’s not the speed that makes our import features so powerful.

Skimp gives you the ability to actually preview the model and simplify the model BEFORE importing! For most models, the preview will be loaded in only a few seconds.

From there, you can adjust orientation, model units, and number of faces so that you won’t waste precious time generating millions of faces inside SketchUp that will just slow down your model and increase the file size.

Have you ever imported a massive OBJ or FBX model into SketchUp but selected the wrong model units? The model was then imported WAY too small and nowhere near the origin!

Skimp’s import preview feature shows the size of the model’s bounding box so you don’t have to use trial and error when setting the model units.

Just how fast are we talking?

Skimp is fast. Really fast.

Using Skimp, we’ve imported a 4.5 million polygon STL file, reduced it to 2%, and brought it into SketchUp in just 26 seconds!(*)

But with SketchUp’s native STL importer, the same STL file took 7 minutes to import!(*). Of course, the SKP was basically useless after the import as we could barely orbit the model and the file size was 864 MB!

Streamline your Workflow

We suspect that Skimp can replace several existing tools and applications in your existing workflow, and do the same tasks much more efficiently.

Now you can actually import heavy, high-poly FBX, OBJ, and 3DS models into SketchUp that you receive from other teams or that you purchased online from high-quality sites like TurboSquid.

With Skimp, everything works inside SketchUp so you’ll always feel right at home!

Replace Textures Tool

Skimp includes a nifty tool for easily replacing the textures of your model’s materials.

Have you ever imported an FBX, OBJ, or some other file format into SketchUp only to find that all of the textures are missing?

This can be due to a number of reasons:

  • Texture files are completely missing
  • Referenced texture files were renamed
  • Texture files were placed in an unexpected location
  • The OBJ MTL file does not include any texture references
  • Textures files are in a file format that SketchUp does not support

Fortunately, Skimp can solve this problem easily with the Replace Textures Tool:

  1. CTRL + Click on a face that has the texture you wish to replace
  2. Select the new texture
  3. Skimp will replace the original texture with the new one

Open the Skimp Settings and apply a UV Texture when importing

Texture Position is Maintained

Here’s the best part: Skimp will preserve the texture position (UVs) when you replace it!

Skimp has the option to automatically apply a temporary checkered UV texture when importing a file.  That way, even if the textures are missing, you won’t lose the position.

Replace Materials

The Replace Textures tool has another extremely powerful feature.

By SHIFT + Clicking, you can completely replace a material of all matching faces without changing the UVs!  This tool has many uses and is great for reducing the amount of duplicate materials in your SketchUp model.

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