Introduction of SketchUp

SketchUp is a 3D modelling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It is available as a web-based application, SketchUp Free freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro. 

  SketchUp is owned by Trimble Inc. a mapping surveying and navigation equipment company. There is an online library of free model assemblies (e.g. windows, doors, automobiles), 3D Warehouse, to which users may contribute models. The program includes drawing layout functionality allows surface rendering in variable “styles”, supports third-party “plug-in” programs hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse to provide other capabilities (e.g. near photo-realistic rendering) and enables placement of its models within Google Earth.

Tools used in Sketch Up 

              1.Line – It is the tool that effectively makes Sketch Up the simplest way to draw in three dimensions.

              2.Eraser – The Eraser Tool is the smart tool easy to erase single line.

              3.Rectangle – The Rectangle Tool can help manifest rigid forms that emulate real building materials.

              4. Orbit/Zoom/Pan-There’s only one viewport in Sketch-Up, the drawing area. you need to be able to move the camera around quickly.

              5. Position Camera The Position Camera Tool is extremely important when have been floating above the Sketch Up model at any number of positions that only birds typically have vantage points of.


              6. Offset- With the Offset Tool, we can take the outer or inner edges of a given surface or line and establish a cloned version of that piece at a given distance from the original.


             7. Push/Pull-Push/Pull is like the guilty pleasure command of Sketch Up. It’s probably one of the most recognizable tools from the Sketch Up palette. We can extend the material to upward or downward.

            8. Follow Me- The Follow Me Tool effectively does the same thing as the Push/Pull Tool, but it extrudes a given shape along a connected in.

             9. Paint Bucket- We select the colour or texture and then simply select the faces that we want it to be placed on.
           10. Make Group / Component- The Make Group command will allow us to combine multiple lines, surfaces and volumes into singular forms.

Advantage of sketch up over Auto Cad 3D

 Sketch up is easier to use for 3D modelling. Auto CAD, however, is better for precision than Sketch-up. Sketch up is very fast and easy for conceptual modelling, but it falls short when it comes to fine engineering. Also, Sketch up’s models do not consist of perfectly curvy, round or spherical surfaces.

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