3D from the ground up
SketchUp is a great solution for cheap and even free 3D modelling that’s easy to learn. Creations can quickly be uploaded to Google Earth for the world to see.
Simpler without jargon
Forget expensive 3D modelling. Using the free version of SketchUp Make, you’ll quickly be designing houses and more.
With a welcome lack of jargon and other technical terms, SketchUp Make provides a great environment for working with 3D modelling. Buildings are especially simple to design as this is one of the main functions of the application, and why it syncs to Google Earth.
Easy model creation means it’s easier than ever for you to get into this great art style. The software has an intuitive interface, making it a simple task to discover the creations of others. This is a great way to get inspired and see the limitations of SketchUp.
Once you’ve created a masterpiece or perfected a design, sharing it with the world only takes a few extra clicks. SketchUp quickly syncs with Google Earth and lets you upload creations with ease.
But, in the free version, you don’t get access to all the features. You’ll need to pay if you want access to exporting files for CAD. With the paid version you’ll be able to add text and images to your creations, fully fleshing out your 3D model in the process.
In general, this software doesn’t have as many fancy features as Maya or Blender, but it’s easier to use from the get-go. Each of these three operates in different ways, SketchUp is suited more to building design.
Where can you run this program?
SketchUp Make is available from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and the latest Mac OSX 10.12 and up.
Is there a better alternative?
Yes. There are better options for 3D sculpting and design, but for the more technical aspect, both Maya and Blender can’t compare to SketchUp in this aspect.
This application is great for discovering new ways to create and design as well as finding inspiration for your next project.
Should you download it?
Yes. If you’re looking for a great introduction to 3D modelling, then this is a fantastic program to choose.
- Easy for beginners
- Simple interface
- Upload creations to Google Earth
- Export to CAD in paid version only
- Lacks advanced features
- Can’t add text or images in free version