Sketchup (formerly Google Sketchup) is easy-to-use 3D modeling software and has a large database of user-created and downloadable models. You can use it to sketch (or import) models to help you with all kinds of projects: building furniture, creating video games, 3D printing, interior design and anything else you can think of.
What is Sketchup?
SketchUp is an intuitive 3D modeling application that allows you to create and edit 2D and 3D models with a patented “Push and Pull” method. The Push and Pull tool allows designers to extrude any flat surface into 3D shapes. All you have to do is click on an object and then drag it until you like what you see.
SketchUp is a program used for a wide range of 3D modeling projects such as architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and video game design, to name a few - some of its uses.
The program includes drawing layout, surface rendering and supports third-party plug-ins from extensions Extension Warehouse . The application has a wide range of applications, including in the worlds of architecture, interior design, interior designt landscaping and video game design. Sketchup has also been successful with people who want to create, share or download 3D models for use with 3D printers.
Sketchup was created in 1999 by @Last Software. In 2006, Google acquired SketchUp after @Last Software created a plugin for Google Earth that caught the eye of the tech giant. In 2012, Trimble Navigation (now Trimble Inc.) acquired Sketchup from Google and developed the application by launching a new website that hosts plugins and extensions.
What are the different versions of Sketchup?
SketchUp is available in three different versions to meet different needs:
- SketchUp Make: SketchUp Make is a free version that you can download after opening a free account. Make is free for domestic useue, personal and educational and starts with a free 30-day trial of SketchUp Pro. Although Make is no longer updated after the November 2017 version, you can still download the installer to use on your computer.
- SketchUp Pro: SketchUp Pro ($ 695 ) is the premium version of the software. It contains additional features such as the ability to import and export different file formats, access to 2D documentation software, layout tools and a style generator which allows you to create custom edge styles for models.
- Free SketchUp: The successor to Make, SketchUp Free was published in November 2017 as a website. application based on. To use it, you must register fora free Timble ID with a valid email address. SketchUp Free lacks many of the features that Pro has , but if you're just creating and viewing 3D models for personal use (or looking for something that can print to your 3D printer), this is a great place to start.
Hit Up the Sketchup 3D Warehouse
Now that SketchUp is installed, it's time to start looking in 3D Warehouse , where you can view and download just about everything that has been created on the platform.
3D Warehouse is a database of models created by users and accessible to everyone. Just head over to their website and start looking through the seemingly endless warehouse of models. I was not kidding when I said you could find just about anythingwhat here. They have everything from simple buildings to an entire medieval city!
Here are some interesting things you can find using the warehouse:
This is only an eclectic selection, but you can find models to help you with any project you have in progress.
How do I use Sketchup?
Once you have registered for a Timble ID and opened the desktop web application, you are ready to start with your first model.
I'm going to use the web-based application because it's the direction that Timble is headed for free users, but the functionality between the two versions is the same if you're a free subscriber.
When you open the app, you are greeted with your first model, Josh. Josh enjoys long walks in the mountains, playing soccer, kickball, disc golf, and well… any sport or backyard game. It is just a placeholder, and you can get rid of it if you wish. Wheresqueeze it and enjoy its company.
In the toolbar on the left side, you can click on one of these three tools to start drawing your own model. You can use the pencil to draw lines, the arc tool to create arcs / circles and the square tool to create squares.
If drawing isn't your thing, you can still head over to the 3D warehouse and import a model that already exists. In the right toolbar, click the "Objects " (three blocks), then click the 3D Warehouse button at the top. Type the deion of a model to search for, then click the object you want to import.
If you already have a template file on your computer, you can drag and drop it in the window to get the same results.
Depending on the size of the template, loading may take a while. Then all you have to do is position the object and you're ready to work with it.
Although the free version does not have certain features, you can still export any model in PNG or STL format by clicking on the folder at the top of the window, by clicking on "Export ", then choosing the format you prefer.
Now that you have the basics and you knowwhat kind of things are in the warehouse, you can start working on some of your own models and upload them for everyone to enjoy.