Frequently asked questions

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Getting started

Can I try Rockit3D for free?

Yes. Sign up for a free trial account and get 2 credits for free.

How much credits does a render cost?

Rockit3D will always render preview scenes based on your project. You can then configure each scene for final render.

Preview 960x540 - 1 credit per render
Large 2560x1440 - 2 credits per render
Extra large 3840x2160 - 3 credits per render
Billboard 5120x2880 - 4 credits per render

How do I get started?

Get started by going to the How to use page.

Do I need any rendering experience?

No. Rockit3D handles all of the rendering so you don't have to -- focus on what you do best: designing awesome stuff.

Do I need an expensive computer to use Rockit3D?

No. All you need is a computer that runs SketchUp and you're good to go. All rendering and processing is handled by the Rockit3D server. You can go do something else after submitting your SketchUp model!

What modeling tools are currently supported?

We currently support SketchUp. Get it here.
Both SketchUp Free and SketchUp Pro are fully supported.

Can I use an older version of SketchUp?

Yes but possibly with limitations. You can use an older version of SketchUp without problems, but know that certain older versions of SketchUp cannot access the 3D Warehouse, which means you won't be able to bring in materials and components through the Component Browser.

What operating systems are currently supported?

Windows and Mac OS X. Rockit3D is an online tool and not constrained through any operating system. You can use SketchUp on whatever operating system you want.

Do I need to install a Rockit3D plugin?

No. Rockit3D works with SketchUp's built-in 3D Warehouse so no plugin installation is needed. This also means that all updates are always happening on the Rockit3D server -- so you don't have to! You renders will always be made on the latest version of the Rockit3D system.

Using SketchUp + Rockit3D

Important: Rockit3D uses the first scene to construct all geometry

It is important to know that Rockit3D takes the geometry from the first (most left) scene in your SketchUp model and uses that as the geometry for all other scenes.

Important: Do not change Rockit3D material names or component names

Please do not change Rockit3D material names or component names or the Rockit3D server will not be able to recognise them. Please do not make edits inside Rockit3D components.

Important: Custom textures are not yet supported

This feature is coming in the near future! For now, please use only Rockit3D textures.

Important: Coloring Rockit3D textures not yet supported

This feature is coming in the near future! For now, please use only Rockit3D textures and don't re-color them.

How can I create scenes for rendering?

To create a scene, go to View > Animation > Add Scene



Windows and Mac.

Can I use Parallel Projection (2D) or Two-Point Perspective scenes?

Yes. You are free to use any of the camera types inside SketchUp and Rockit3D will recognise them automatically. The Parallel Projection camera allows you to render elevations of your project and the Two-Point Perspective is ideal for architecture as it allows you to align all vertical lines beautifully.



Windows and Mac.

How do I get a Rockit3D material or component inside SketchUp?

Go to the Rockit3D catalogue and look for a material or component you want. Press the copy button on the left-side top of an item.

It will now put the name of this material or component on your clipboard, for example: ROCKIT3D | Nelissen Anglian WF50 (stretcher bond)

Press CMD+V on Mac or CTRL+V on Windows to paste the name into the Component Browser. Press ENTER.

You can now click on the preview image and then place it inside your SketchUp.



Windows and Mac.

Alternatively: Go to Rockit3D in 3D Warehouse and browse for an item through there.

How can I access the Component Browser on SketchUp for Mac?

To access the Component Browser for Mac, go to Window > Components



If you are not getting any results inside the Component Browser, your network administrator might be blocking SketchUp.

How can I access the Component Browser on SketchUp for Windows?

To access the Component Browser for Windows, go to Window > Default Tray > Components



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If you are not getting any results inside the Component Browser, your network administrator might be blocking SketchUp.

Can I freely change the texture scale of Rockit3D materials?

Yes. You can scale and move texture placements around as you wish.

Can I scale Rockit3D components to any size?

Yes. You can scale and move Rockit3D components to any size that you wish. Useful to make trees (and other vegetation) of varying sizes.

Can I load CAD into SketchUp?

Yes. With SketchUp Pro you can import (3D) DWG. You can then place Rockit3D materials and components around.

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What new features are coming?

Please check out the roadmap at the bottom of the Features page.

I use Revit and/or ArchiCAD. Can I use Rockit3D?

Currently Revit and ArchiCAD are not natively supported, but you can still use Rockit3D:
1. Export a SketchUp (*.SKP) from your model
2. Use SketchUp + Rockit3D's catalogue to place materials and objects
3. Submit your SketchUp to Rockit3D

Can I request a new material or component for the Rockit3D catalogue?

Yes. Submit your request to support@rockit3d.com and we'll look into it.

I'm a supplier. Can I get my products supported in the Rockit3D catalogue?

Yes. Submit your request to support@rockit3d.com and we will look into a cooperation. You can send example files along so we can take a look.