Datasmith Exporter Plugins Overview

Getting started with the Datasmith Exporter plugins.

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Use the Datasmith Exporter plugins to import 3D models and assets from any major CAD, BIM or modelling design application directly into Twinmotion. The plugins feature:

  • Datasmith Direct Link functionality: Synchronize geometry and BIM information between your design application and Twinmotion with just one click, and enable automatic real-time synchronization.

  • .udatasmith File Format Export: Import data into one Twinmotion project while maintaining updating capabilities. Objects can be added or removed in your design application; exporting a new .uDatasmith file updates your Twinmotion scene to reflect the changes. Multiple file import is supported for all design applications.

How It works

  1. Download the Datasmith Exporter plugin for your design application. Depending on your design application, the plugin can be downloaded from the Exporter Plugins for Twinmotion web page, or from your design application's website. For more information on design applications that support Datasmith and where to download the plugins, see Supported Design Applications for Datasmith.

  2. Install the Datasmith Exporter plugin. Once the plugin is installed, the Datasmith Exporter toolbar is added to your design application. With the toolbar, you can:

    • Synchronize 3D models and assets between your design application and Twinmotion.

    • Automatically synchronize scenes between your design application and Twinmotion in real-time or on demand.

    Currently available for Archicad, Rhino, and Sketchup Pro.

    • Manage connections between your design application and Twinmotion.

    • Export 3D models and assets from your design application to the .udatasmith format, which can then be imported into Twinmotion.

    • View system messages and logging information.

  3. Depending on your design application, bring your scene and assets into Twinmotion using one of two methods:

Downloading and installing the Datasmith Exporter plugin is not required for design applications that have the Datasmith Exporter functionality built in. For more information, see Supported Design Applications for Datasmith.

About the Datasmith Exporter Toolbar

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Command

Description

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Synchronize with Direct Link

Pushes the selected models to Twinmotion through the Direct Link connection.

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Toggle Direct Link Auto Sync

Synchronizes scenes between your design application and Twinmotion in real time or on demand.

Currently available for Archicad, SketchUp Pro, and Rhino.

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Manage Connections

Opens the Datasmith Direct Link Connection Status dialog box, which allows you to manage Datasmith Direct Link connections between your design application and Twinmotion.

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Export to Datasmith File

Saves your scene and assets in the .udatasmith file format, which can then be imported into Twinmotion.

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Show Messages

Opens the Datasmith Messages window where you can view logging information and error messages for troubleshooting purposes.

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