The 3D Warehouse allows you to view and download SketchUp objects from all over the world. This video shows you how to access SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse from within SketchUp as well as from an Internet browser. George then shows how these 3D models can then be loaded directly into a SketchUp scene.
- [Narrator] One of the nice things about SketchUp is that it has a really good community of users, and these users like to share their work. Now, they share their work through an internet site called 3D Warehouse. Now, you can find it in a number of ways. Probably the easiest way is to go into File, 3D Warehouse, Get Models, and that will bring you to the 3D Warehouse. Now, it's also at 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com. Now, when you go there, you'll see an interface like this.
And this interface gives you all sorts of different categories and types of objects to select. And if you want to, you can search the warehouse however you want. Now, another way to get to the 3D Warehouse is through the Components window. If you go here into Components, or pull it down from the Window menu on the map, you'll see that we have a tab here that says 3D Warehouse, and we can type in whatever type of object we want. So, if we wanted to take a look at say, stoves, you can search the warehouse, and it will bring up a list of stoves that you can use in your projects.
Now, we can also do this from the 3D Warehouse browser, so if we go into 3D Warehouse, Get Models, we can type in really whatever we want. So if wanted to say, type in Eiffel Tower, and hit search, this will bring up dozens of Eiffel Towers that we can actually drag into our scene. Now actually let's do something that's a little bit more practical. Now, I'm working on a pool house, so let's go ahead and pull in a barbecue set for that.
So I'm just going to type in the letters BBQ for barbecue and again, do a search. And as you can see, this brings up all sorts of different types of barbecues. But if we want, we can also search by other criteria, such as manufacturers. Now, most of the major manufacturers provide their models to SketchUp so you'll have accurate models of all the different types of appliances. So, if you type in the name of an appliance manufacturer, such as Kitchen Aid, and hit Search, you'll see that we get all sorts of different Kitchen Aid appliances.
Now, if you scroll down, you'll probably find an outdoor barbecue. So I found this one here, so I'm going to go ahead and left-click on that. And that looks pretty good. Now, you can also see other information about this, like how many polygons it has, when it was last modified, who created it, and so on. So I'm just going to go ahead and select Download. Now, this will ask me if I want to download this directly into my SketchUp model. I'm going to select Yes, and now that window goes away and here comes my barbecue.
So I can go ahead and set that on the patio. I can move it wherever I want, and in this case it's facing the wrong way, so I'm going to select my rotate tool and just go ahead and rotate that 180 degrees. And now once I have that in the scene, I can position it however I want. Now that I have the barbecue in there, I also need something else, maybe a patio set. So let's go ahead and bring in a patio set.
So instead of going to the 3D Warehouse this way, let's go into the Components window and let's just type in patio set into the search box. And this goes out to the internet to 3D Warehouse, and it finds all sorts of patio sets. Now, this list may be a little bit different depending upon what assets are available. So let's go ahead and select a patio set, left-click and drag, and bring that in.
Now, once I bring this in, it is a component that is available to my model and I can now bring it in wherever I want. So as you can see, the 3D Warehouse is a very powerful way to get assets for your SketchUp scene. There are literally hundreds of thousands of objects available, and you can bring all of those into your SketchUp scenes.
Note: The core features of SketchUp Make, the free version of SketchUp covered in this course, and SketchUp Pro, the paid version of the program, are identical. Users of both versions should be able to follow along with the training.
- Creating new camera views
- Configuring custom toolbars on Mac and Windows
- Selecting and moving objects
- Drawing lines and shapes
- Creating 3D text in SketchUp
- Measuring and labeling objects
- Working with components
- Creating and applying materials on Mac and Windows
- Animating and rendering your drawings