SketchUp

SketchUp Australia

@last, 3D for Everyone

SketchUp® is the world’s leading rapid 3D modelling software. It’s fast, it’s easy and we’ve been selling and supporting it since it was originally developed by @last corporation in the US over 18 years ago.

“In my experience, nothing comes close for sketching up a new idea in 3D,” Nigel. Varley, CEO, CAD International

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SketchUp was created right from the start to be a 3D modeling program that was powerful, and easy to use.  They nailed it!

But it wasn’t Google that created SketchUp as many people think. It was created by @last Software, a tech company founded in 1999. SketchUp was originally for Architects, designers, and filmmakers and since that time has spread into all design fields. 

In SketchUp the user draws the edges of the design and then extrudes the automatically filled in space inside the edges into 3D space. Edges can be manipulated and divided with extreme ease. Practically the entire design premise works on this basic principal, and it’s because of this simplistic approach that so many people have fallen in love with this great product.

Today we recommend this product to many of our clients, depending on their needs, either as a stand-alone software or as a companion tool to other design programs.

 

Stand-alone or as a Companion

Whether you’re a seasoned designer or a novice tinkering with a few ideas, SketchUp is a tool that will satisfy your needs over and over again. You can use SketchUp as your only design software or you can combine it with more tailored products to give you the outcome and productivity you desire. 

“I use SketchUp pretty much every day. We combine it with other CAD software to make a living from design. Just about every other program can read SketchUp files too.” 

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You’re in a creative mood and your ideas are flowing fast and furious, SketchUp should be your ‘go to’ product. You’ll be sketching outlines and extruding in 3D space in the blink of an eye. Once you’ve disciplined yourself to group and layer your objects you’ll be building 3D models without the distraction of thinking too much about the way the software works…. and that’s the beauty of SketchUp for most people, it’s simple and intuitive once you’ve learned the way it works.

Use SketchUp for all kinds of modelling, especially for architecture, interior design, town planning, landscape and anywhere that ‘true’ curves, arcs and circles are not required. This is why it’s so good for conceptual modelling in these disciplines, because you don’t need to be restrictively accurate. 

Whilst you can use SketchUp for fully documented architectural plans (by using its 2D Layout features in the Pro version), most professionals will use dedicated purpose-built CAD software for this task and use SketchUp for conceptual design, or for the creation of components to use in other CAD software. SketchUp makes the perfect complimentary tool for landscape and architectural software in particular.

World wide warehouse 

Just about everyone everywhere who wants to try out 3D design has used SketchUp – Many of those have taken the opportunity to upload their models to the 3D-Warehouse where other users can download those models directly into other their own copy of SketchUp or into most other 3D CAD software. It’s a 3D library on tap.

“Practically all our landscape and architecture clients use the 3D-Warehouse, Who wouldn’t, its free!” Dani Ramiro, Guru, CAD International

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RealCAD, ARCHLineXP, LANDWorksCAD, ArborCAD and practically every 3D CAD software includes a way to open, browse and download 3D files from the Trimble 3D Warehouse. Models include those uploaded by student at high school to manufacturers wanting designers to specify their products. Its a great go-to place for anyone to embellish their models with an entourage of objects, from trees to kettles.

Some unique features we think you’ll love

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Push Pull

The action of Pushing and Pulling a surface in 3D space is strangely satisfying and intuitive.

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Triangulated

Every surface in SketchUp is a series of triangles, even a rectangle is actually 2 triangles. This simple principle applies to everything so the user never has to deal with a myriad of different entity types.

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Cut and Create

When to draw a line and passes over or connects to another line in SketchUp, the software instantly knows to divide at the intersection and be ready for another rapid 3D action without the user needing to even think about it.

Frequently Asked Questions

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I have other CAD software, why do I need SketchUp?

This depends on what other CAD software you have. If you’re using SolidEdge, SolidWorks, Inventor, BricsCAD or IronCAD in the MCAD space then you don’t need SketchUp. If you’re using Revit, ArchiCAD or ARCHLineXP then you can away without it in the BIM space too, but if you’re using software like AutoCAD, RealCAD, LANDWorks, LandCAD, etc then SketchUp makes a best companion tool ever.

Whats the difference - SketchUp Pro vs SketchUp Free version?

SketchUp Pro version provides greater interaction with other software and gives you the 2D Layout tools you may desire. SketchUp Free is only available now as a web application so can’t be used directly on your PC

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SketchUp Classic (formerly Pro)

Own a lifetime license of the current SketchUp Clasic version and get 1-year of updates

$790
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SketchUp Complete

Own a lifetime license of the current SketchUp Clasic version and get 1-year of updates and local technical support

$1,478
Outright purchase in a single payment

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Prices shown in AUD. Australian buyers add 10% GST

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 10, 8 or 7
  • 1GHz processor (2GHz recommended)
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
  • 700MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel
  • Dedicated graphics card with 1GB+ supporting OpenGL 3.0 or later

Mac

  • Mac OSX Mojave, High Sierra or Sierra
  • 2.1GHz processor
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more preferred)
  • 700MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel (not Magic Mouse)
  • Graphics Card with 1GB+ supporting OpenGL 3.0 or later
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher
 

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