I have used a lot of 3D modeling tools mainly to design and develop products and to create simple scenarios. I have found SketchUp to be a great tool.
It allows you to create 3D models of everything and anything you want – it’s intuitive, fun and free for anyone to use. If you want to redecorate your living room, invent a new piece of furniture, model your city for Google Earth or make a stage for a theater production, nothing could be simpler and faster than SketchUp. It has been designed for architects, engineers as well as film makers, game developers and related professions.
The 3D warehouse makes it easy to add in commonplace objects to give the presentation a “wow” factor and the Extension Warehouse gives flexibility to pick a plugin for any specific task such as rendering, 3D printing or wood working.
I like SketchUp because it is easy to use. You can quickly make complex objects, and the basic version is free. However, the tool does get fiddly when you focus on close-up details. It doesn’t have the functionality of parametric software such as Solidworks or Pro-E (now called Creo) where you can edit feature by feature instead of changing a whole block at a time. But then again, it is the lack of complexity that makes Sketchup faster and easy.
Please join me for a workshop tomorrow, December 4, and check back here for online materials afterwards. We will explore hands-on how to give shape to your imagination.