Digital Fabrication: SketchUp

What is SketchUp?

  • 3D modeling program for architectural, interior, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design.

  • SketchUp works on both Windows and Mac machines.

SketchUp Editions

  • SketchUp Pro

    • Application with offline capabilities & online capabilities (SketchUp for Web)

    • Unlimited cloud storage with sharing & collaborating capabilities with Trimble Connect, a project collaboration platform

    • Importing and exporting capabilities in standard 2D & 3D formats

    • Access to LayOut, a 2D documentation software, with web-friendly reference objects & LayOut API

    • Access to Style Builder, a package to create your own edge styles from paper or digitally drawn lines

    • 3D Warehouse model referencing capabilities

    • Extension Warehouse for installing add-ons

    • Generate tabular reports for buying, etc.

    • VR model viewing & mobile viewing

    • $299/yr or $695 for a classic license

  • SketchUp Studio

    • SketchUp Pro

    • Access to Sefaira, energy efficient design software

    • $55/yr for students & educators or $1199/yr

  • SketchUp Shop

    • Specifically for DIY designers, makers and woodworkers

    • Has interfaces with 3D printers, CNC routers and other shop machines

    • Web-based application

    • $119/yr

  • SketchUp Make

    • Free version for home, personal and educational use

    • Starts as a 30-day trial of SketchUp Pro

    • Stopped being updated in November 2017, but still available for download

  • SketchUp Free/SketchUp for Web

    • Free, web-based version of SketchUp Make

    • Drawings can be saved to the cloud, locally as a SKP file, or exported as an STL file

    • Does not support extensions, creation and editing of materials

SketchUp for Web vs sketchup shop/studio/pro

  • Core modeling tools for drawing, extruding and moving geometry

  • A predefined set of materials available for use

  • Ability to add hand-drawn touches to models by applying a preset style

  • Organization tools like groups, components & layers

  • Import in STL & export in STL & PNG

  • Complex 3D shapes with Solid Tools allowing for groups of geometry to be combined, subtracted or isolated

  • Create your own textures

  • Ability to control discrete illustration settings

  • Use the Outliner tool to see the hierarchy of a model while being able to select, nest & arrange them

  • Import in STL, DWG, DXF, DAE, KMZ, 3DS, & DEM & export in STL, DWG, DXF, DAE, KMZ, 3DS, IFC, WRL, FBX, XSJ, OBJ


  • For scaling a model (3D) onto one page (2D) with all the necessary details

  • When the 3D model changes, 2D documents also change

SketchUp Viewer

  • View models anywhere on your mobile device with SKP files with AR/VR viewing capabilities

  • View models on your desktop without having to have SketchUp

3D Warehouse

  • “World’s largest 3D model library”

  • Easily integrated with SketchUp

SketchUp for Web

SketchUp for Web