SketchUp Tutorials

SketchUp is one of the simplest softwares for 3D modeling and renown for its user-friendly commands and easy to learn concepts. The interface is very easy to comprehend. With commands like the push/pull icon, tape measure dimensions, pencil and sandbox tools, no wonder the software is considered one of the most intuitive for 3D modeling. SketchUp provides a good solution for quickly drawing conceptual designs or functional parts using elemental shapes and simple solids.

  • Excellent for conceptual modeling basic forms and conventional designs
  • Simple interface
  • Integration with Google Earth
  • Easy to slice and generate cut plans and sections
  • Features sandbox terrain building
  • Premade and Dynamic Components
  • Trimble Connect platform

The program serves as an excellent tool for conceptual rectilinear modeling and designing conventional architecture buildings. Whether you're a SketchUp snob or a fanatic, the facts remain that the software is:

  • Cumbersome to model organic abstract forms or unconventional designs
  • Ridiculous to assume your model is watertight. An extension like Solid Inspector will highlight the problems with solid modeling in SketchUp.
  • Irritating to learn a detail was modeled as a group instead of a component. Groups vs. Components - know the difference
  • Irritating to learn a detail was modeled as a group instead of a component. Groups vs. Components - know the difference
  • Limited to individual modeling. There is no file collaboration for simultaneous modeling between multiple designers.

SketchUp and SketchUp Pro are available on both Windows and Mac platforms

3D Printing in Sketchup

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3D Printing from Sketchup: Exporting from Sketchup to Rhino

I learned SketchUp before Rhino. I still prefer Rhino, but I understand the ease and functionality that SketchUp offers for simple modeling. It's outrageously fast to push and pull basic forms in seconds. But 3D Printing directly from Sketchup? That's something I like to avoid. Although there are 3D Printing extensions available for SketchUp (SketchUp STL Extension, CADspan and Solid Inspector), I prefer to optimize files before printing. Shelling out the interior and confirming if the group is watertight can be very tedious in SketchUp, especially given a dense file. When I receive SketchUp file formats, ...