The best quick and diverse 3-D modeling software available
March 24, 2022

The best quick and diverse 3-D modeling software available

Brian Walker, AIA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

SketchUp Pro

Overall Satisfaction with SketchUp

SketchUp is our go to 3D modeling software to quickly visualize a space and share it with clients. On multiple occasions we have used it's large web based library to find objects that we integrate into our models and then export into rendering software to provide a polished 3D visual for our clients. The super intuitive nature makes it easy for anyone to 3D model, and I prefer it over our other 3D modeling programs with use.
  • 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.
  • Quick Modeling
  • Exporting to other programs
  • Importing other formats (JPEG, PDF, DWG,Etc...)
  • Quick informative models
  • Ease of model exploring for non-trained users
  • Quick surface material changes
  • Vast Web Based Library of Objects
SketchUp makes 3D models much quicker, and is easier to modify. ARCHICAD however changes with 2D CAD drawing changes, so they both have their benefits.

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SketchUp itself does not always produced highly polished renderings of 3D models, but it really does not need to. It can quickly create models for us, which is typically more important since it saves time and money. When we want a highly polished image, since SketchUp is so widely used, it can export natively to most other platforms (I.E. Twinmotion, ARCHICAD, etc...)

Using SketchUp

2 - The people who use SketchUp are the employees who make marketing and project visuals for our clients. We are a small office, so we limit it to only 2 individuals, although we have often trained others on how to navigate and explore the models.
2 - Only the main users, which typically do not need additional coaching.
  • Quick Modeling
  • Large Web Based Library
  • Exporting to other programs
  • Downloading pre-designed objects for time savings
  • Exporting to other programs for Rendering
  • Importing DWG's for easy modeling
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.