SketchUp vs. TurboCAD

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SketchUp
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
SketchUp is 3D modeling software with an emphasis on usability. SketchUp is a Trimble product.
$119
per year
TurboCAD
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
TurboCAD is 2D and 3D CAD software sold in many different editions, including Deluxe, Expert, and ProPlatinum.N/A
Pricing
SketchUpTurboCAD
Editions & Modules
Free
$0.00
per year
For Schools (free with G Suite or Microsoft education account)
$0
For Students
$55.00
per year
For Educators
$55.00
per year
Studio for Students / Educators (Desktop version)
$55
per year
Shop
$119.00
per year
Pro
$299.00
per year
Professional
$299.00
per year
Studio (Windows only)
$699
per year
Studio
$1199.00
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SketchUpTurboCAD
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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SketchUpTurboCAD
Considered Both Products
SketchUp
Chose SketchUp
SketchUp meets the intermediate to advanced business needs, setting the right assessment you can take advantage using the latest add in to fit the pro needs of a singular segment in the project or just to get the most from using one tool, instead of the other apps SkecthUp has …
TurboCAD

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Top Pros
Top Cons
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SketchUpTurboCAD
Small Businesses
Onshape
Onshape
Score 9.1 out of 10
Onshape
Onshape
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Onshape
Onshape
Score 9.1 out of 10
Onshape
Onshape
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Rhino
Rhino
Score 8.9 out of 10
Rhino
Rhino
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
SketchUpTurboCAD
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(46 ratings)
7.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(27 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SketchUpTurboCAD
Likelihood to Recommend
Trimble
Real estate is not really the most likely use for Sketchup, since it has so many choices and possibilities. But, it is an innovative way to differentiate yourself from the competition. The program is very well-suited to the myopic seller or buyer who can't visualize future changes and their effect on value.
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IMSI Design
TurboCAD is well suited to a smaller budget, it is by no means the best there is but for the money, it fills the gap. Being an AutoCAD & DraftSight user I find the user interface a little old and the lack of common drafting industry shortcut keys a bit of a hindrance. However this product, TurboCAD gets the job done, other packages like DraftSight do not even come with an active 3D option on the cheaper end, standard license whereas TurboCAD does, even though it's a little clumsy to use.
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Pros
Trimble
  • Quickly exploring solutions in 3D: We get a lot of "what if" and "what would that look like" questions. While hand-sketching and hand-drafting can be fairly quick, SketchUp allows me to quickly create 3D and 2D views of a detail or solution, change dimensions and materials in a flash, and show a client or installer the plan in minutes.
  • Creating professional design documents in LayOut: Projects of any scale need good documentation. Using a combination of SketchUp and LayOut, I can create a Design Intent Set, plans for permitting, a set for mechanical trades to mark-up, etc. Having clear, appropriately-scaled drawings with dimensions or notations is a must, and we don't always have the time or budget to get an architect involved!
  • Using live files to guide discussions: Not all clients are "visual" people, so opening their model and orbiting around their space in real time has been extremely helpful. Clients and trades enjoy the perspective views so much that we often include them in the full-sized drawing sets to give a good "overall" view of the project intent. For complex or tight spaces, sometimes un-rendered plans and elevations just aren't enough!
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IMSI Design
  • Produces accurate drawings to scale, and with several ways to show the "views" to people in need of them at our factory.
  • Relatively easy to use, once you understand the toolset. You can draw anything with it.
  • Sending files to CNC machine shops to produce parts is easy with this program.
  • Sending to mold making companies works out well. Just ask them what file format they want and TurboCAD can give it to them.
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Cons
Trimble
  • Ability to import Revit files and libraries.
  • Ability to export true curved vector linework. There are some workarounds, needs to be refined.
  • Create an OPEN MAPS connection. Since the split from Google, the source for high-quality aerials is limited.
  • Ability to dock all menus to the master window on a Mac
  • Ability to develop dockable menu trays on a Mac
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IMSI Design
  • Hard to get onto your computer
  • Bad UI
  • Rendering
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Likelihood to Renew
Trimble
We typically wait a few years in between renewing, as even older versions are powerful tools for modeling, and we make sure the amount of feature changes are worth the re-investment.
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IMSI Design
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Support Rating
Trimble
Sketchup is so intuitive; I can't recall ever looking for official support. However, there are many user forums online that can answer more questions. The usefulness of the online forums is, however, tempered by the fact that there have been many versions of the software under different ownership and support regimes, and thus finding the right information for the right version of the software can be a challenge.
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IMSI Design
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Alternatives Considered
Trimble
It's great to give the customer an overview of how a project will look, but it will never replace the information that a blueprint or engineering drawing can convey. SketchUp is great for the casual user or someone who is just getting started in design work. Other high powered software, such as Solidworks or Inventor is more suited for 3D modeling on a regular basis
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IMSI Design
TurboCAD is a well-priced solution for a small business, it comes standard with 3D modeling compared to DraftSight which does not. The user interface could be updated along with industry-standard shortcut keys but for the number of drawings we do, this package fills the gap. The DXF / DWG feature could be worked on too, as above, trying to get in line with other packages like AutoCAD & DraftSight would make the whole package better. All in all, I believe that TurboCAD has a valid foothold in the CAD industry.
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Return on Investment
Trimble
  • SketchUp has definitely had a positive impact on the customer experience with our company. The model can be generated to give the owner a good idea of the final product before actually committing the resources to complete the project.
  • Having simple models created before the work gets started in the field means that issues with elevations or odd angles can be ironed out beforehand and solved with the design team. This has greatly reduced the rework on our more complex self-perform concrete structures!
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IMSI Design
  • Having issues with new employees learning how to build our products. The images are extremely helpful, in terms of training and making sure the products are built to our high standards. Saves untold time, because our factory is in Holland and many employees speak different languages. The photo renderings, speak everyone's language.
  • Improved prototyping. We send parts out t0 be made by CNC and they come back nearly perfect for our needs. We have not used the 3D printing technology yet. Been waiting for that to develop better.
  • The only negative impact is that people are reluctant to learn it because it takes a certain degree of intelligence to understand it. But if you are an engineer, it is easy to understand.
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