Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the 3D Warehouse, part of SketchUp 2015 Essential Training.
- One of the great things about SketchUp is that it has a really good community of users. And these users love to share their work. And they share it through a place called the 3D Warehouse. Now, you can get to it through any web browser. So, if I pull up a web browser, you'll see that it's at 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com. Now, you can certainly access it through a browser, but the easier way to get to it is through SketchUp, itself. So, if you're in SketchUp, you can do File, 3D Warehouse, Get Models.
And this brings you into a browser that shows you the 3D Warehouse. And as you can see, there's all sorts of different models and objects in here from individual users, as well as manufacturers. So, if you, for example, are using a certain type of appliance, you can pretty much find whatever appliance you want. So, for example, if you wanted to find a certain type of building, let's say you wanted to find the Eiffel Tower. Just type it into the search field and there you go.
In fact, we've got over a dozen Eiffel Towers. So, you can take any one of those and bring it into your scene. But, let's do something a little more practical. I have a pool house that I'm working with. Let's go ahead and put in some appliances, so we can have a barbecue. So, I'm going to type in the name of a manufacturer. In this case, KitchenAid, and these are all the appliances that are provided by that manufacturer. And this is great, particularly, if you're designing things like kitchens or something. You actually have the files from the manufacturer.
So, you know exactly how big they are so you can design your kitchens properly. So, I'm just going to go ahead and select one of these barbecues, here. And that's great. That's a great barbecue. I want that in my house. So, all I'm going to have to do is hit download. And it says, "Do you want it to load this "directly into your SketchUp model?" Yes, I do, of course. Let's do this. So, there it is. And that's the model. That's exactly the model and it's exactly dimensioned the right size for the manufacturer. So, I'm actually going to take this and I'm going to rotate it a little bit, so that it's facing the way that I want.
I'm going to turn it around 180, here. So, I'm just going to type 180, here. So, that way it's faced a little bit differently. And then, I can basically move it wherever I want. Now, the barbecue is not complete without someplace to eat your food. So, let's go back into the 3D Warehouse and find something else. So, I'm going to go ahead and Get Models. And this time, let's type patio set. So, hopefully, we'll find the table and chairs somewhere in there. And here we go.
Yeah, here's a great patio set. So, I'm just going to pick one at random, here. Now, your list may show different objects because these are constantly refreshing. So, the one that I'm loading may not be the one that you load. But, let's go ahead and load this into the SketchUp model. And there we go. So, there's my patio set. So, as you can see, this is a very easy way to bring stock objects into your scenes. There's everything from appliances to plants, to cars and vehicles. There's really a wealth of different objects in the 3D Warehouse.
So, go ahead and take some time to explore the 3D Warehouse and understand all the different things that you can bring into your SketchUp scenes.
These tutorials work with both SketchUp Make, the free version of the program, and SketchUp Pro.
- Creating camera views
- Shading faces and edges
- Selecting, moving, scaling, and rotating objects
- Creating basic circles, polygons, and arcs
- Making 3D text
- Labeling a drawing
- Working with layers
- Using components from the 3D Warehouse
- Applying materials and mapping textures
- Animating artwork
- Exporting sketches in 2D and 3D