SketchUp is 3D modeling software with an emphasis on usability. SketchUp is a Trimble product.
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- There is no direct command for copy-paste and this is a big problem. To copy, it is necessary to hold down ctrl after the move command. copy should be a stand-alone command. Working with the move command is a waste of time.
- All commands must have adjustable shortcuts. a waste of time selecting commands one by one from the right screen
- Visualization when connected with Enscape
- Easy user interface
- Ability to edit materials
- Lots of "bug splat" crashes
- Can't always create complex geometries without plug-ins
- Only one employee can work in the model at once
SketchUp is not great at construction documents, or anything that requires the Layout program; this is a headache.
- Intuitive 3D modeling tools
- Vast web based library
- Exportable to a vast range of other software
- Better integration of "Layers"
- Having a "Free" viewer program so I can share models with clients to explore
- Auto size to sheet size option for importing PDF's so I don't have to constantly scale.
- Incredibly easy and intuitive to use
- Great for simple layouts and diagrams
- Sometimes buggy
- Limited ability to customize and fine tune the look of printed materials (in the free version)
- quick sketching with measurements
- easy renderings
- layouts of spaces
- could be easier to maneuver
- it is intuitive, the hotkeys make sense, you can pick it up and start making 3D forms really quickly and it doesn't look overwhelming out of the box.
- quick and nimble to create 3d geometry, morph it around, push and pull faces, vertices, edges, etc.
- visualizing 3d geometry. It's called SketchUp and I really like the sketchy quality of everything. it feels looser than say AutoCAD.
- you can't do NURBS modeling or true curves. everything is mesh-based. for example, if you want to make a circle, it will really be a polygon with many facets on it.
- interoperability with other software isn't great.
- construction documentation? it's possible but not as good as Revit or even AutoCAD/Rhino.
- layout functionality
- surface rendering
- third party plugins
- User Interface
- Ease of Use
- Good Warehouse of Components
- Fast and Reliable
- Always room for more components
- Make creating rounded objects easier
- Make it look more realistic
- Visualization of Staging
- Visualization of Changes
- Possible Rehab Outcomes
- Takes a minute to get used to the flow of the software
- Any new software is intimidating, this one has so many choices...so very many
- The 3D modeling capabilities of SketchUp are superb.
- SketchUp has a large community of professionals and enthusiasts that share component models. These can be useful for quickly developing working 3D models.
- Rendering is limited. Photo-realistic images are not possible using SketchUp alone.
- Unlike traditional architectural software SketchUp is not automated. You need to understand code to a high degree in order to be able to draw models correctly.
- More development of the software would be nice.
- 3D visualization.
- Clear communication of design and detailing.
- Over reliance on plugins vs. real product development.
- The inability to group and collapse scenes make navigation and organization somewhat complicated.
- 3D modeling.
- Design review.
- View styles.
- Complex geometry.
- Parametric modelling (ex. adjustable profile extrusions).
- Additional views within the modeling window.
- Grouping views.
- Collaborative/simultaneous modeling.
- Very easy to learn.
- Robust enough to manage various file types and modeling tasks
- Great graphics options, easy to get clean presentation exhibits from 3D models.
- Not very useful for document production, like scale drawings.
- It has limited file type compatibility.
- It does not have the tools for complex geometry.
- You can create different types of 3D models, from architectural sketches, as it is widely used, to furniture, toys, mechanical parts, that is, whatever you want.
- I don’t have anything to complain about SketchUp 3D, is a straightforward software that everyone can learn.
Like the physical model, always used in architecture, 3D modeling allows us to advance in terms of time and precision, with materiality and spatiality that no two-dimensional design would allow.
- Ease of use.
- Not very detailed.
- Drawing can be finicky.
- We use SketchUp primarily for mocking up tradeshow displays. It is a quick and easy way to get a visual of how the various components of our tradeshow presence will work on the floor of the exhibit hall. We can look at it from multiple perspectives. I'm able to render out 3D walk-through or walk-around movies so everyone on the team and get an idea of what the structures will look like.
- Additionally, we have also used SketchUp for television studio set mockups and graphics for printed publications, such as executive reports of projects that we've worked on.
- It is a very easy-to-use app, and with nonprofit discounts, it is very economical for us. Plus, the free viewer app on the SketchUp website allows anyone to interact with the models even if they are not a licensed user. The free app runs in the cloud, so it can be used from anywhere, without needing to install the software.
- Very easy to use compared to most other 3D modeling programs
- Works with a huge library of free 3D components (3D Warehouse)
- Sometimes SketchUp combines or joins objects in ways you did not intend and undoing that can be frustrating, especially if the Undo command is no longer an option.
- The process of creating photorealistic renderings is somewhat convoluted compared to other 3D apps.
- For creating quick conceptual mockups of real-world objects (particularly large objects), SketchUp cannot be beaten. In some industries, such as building construction and architecture, it appears to hold a very strong position. I am not in those industries, but I find the software very easy to use.
- SketchUp has some powerful tools for creating complex renderings, but some of the methods take some study and practice. I wouldn't say they are immediately intuitive. However, the company behind SketchUp has created a lot of great YouTube videos for training.
- In my experience, photorealistic rendering is not an ideal use of this application, although it can be done. Some impressive renders have been done, but it seems like a lot of work that this app may not be ideally suited for. For creating photorealistic renderings, particularly of small objects (products, etc.) I would recommend Boxshot, Adobe Dimension, or a traditional 3D modeling app.
- The methods of creating, combining, and manipulating objects are unique to SketchUp — quite different from standard approaches in other 3D apps. While I personally find them easy to use, there is a learning curve, and it is an entirely different process than one would find in an app like Maya, Cinema 3D, or Blender.
- Build a model very fast and save a lot of time.
- Easy to change details, materials or scenes. Update in real time with layout.
- Layout is not easy to create or control.
- Not easy to do dimension in 3D view.
- Speedy modeling of simple shapes - You can very quickly get an idea sketched out.
- Rendering basic shapes to then export and use in other programs - If I need a specific background to pull into a photoshop drawing.
- SketchUp is very difficult to maneuver in - It can take ages to position objects correctly.
- Relatively simple to learn and use as compared with other 3D modeling tools.
- Ability to share and access other models using the 3D Warehouse.
- Sometimes I have to hunt around for ways to do stuff. I can usually find a solution on YouTube.
- Sometimes some of the more complicated controls are counter intuitive.
- 3D Visualization.
- Provides the ability to see the structure at real life angles.
- More photo-realistic options.
- More downloadable images from the 3d warehouse.
- It's easy to make 3d shapes and design buildings.
- It's sometimes tricky when lines don't connect.
- Easy work flow for developing the design and models.
- Less complex work area.
- Can not add specified details and dimensions.
- Detailing becomes difficult as the complexity of project increases.
- SketchUp has a vast 3D model repository. You don't need to design the wheel from scratch.
- SketchUp's extension warehouse provides a lot of solutions for different design problems. You could solve your design bottlenecks via extensions. I often use SketchUp's STL exporter extension to get 3D printable designs for my business.
- It is a little bit hard to get manifold 3d files from SketchUp. Manifoldness is a must-have rule for a 3D printable file.
- SketchUp cannot import well-known CAD file formats.
To provide a visual assistant to the test setup, I have used SketchUp to build a 3D model of the test unit along with a lab picture to show how the elements in the test setup were connected and transferred forces from the applied load. Apart from modeling, SketchUp was also used for sketching a building in my course project. Following the design requirements, I created sketches of plan-view and elevation view of the designed building in SketchUp to build a 3D model of the design. Based on these models, my project team and I can have a 3D visualization of the AutoCAD drawings and better understand the structure of the building which helped improve the design eventually.
- SketchUp is relatively easy to start learning how to make 3D graphs compared to other programs that are designed for specific disciplines.
- SketchUp is a free software for all users to download and use.
- SketchUp drawings can be directly imported to some more advanced software to further edit.
- Built-in models and elements are limited in this free-edition software to offer help in the computer-aided design.
- Quick product creation with use of components, grouping, and the unique hide rest of model tool
- Great Maxwell add-on application to create photo-realistic renderings
- Some sudden application shutdowns make auto-save an important feature to turn on
- Complex warehouse models greatly reduces the speed of the model. In some cases, this makes the model unusable