Software : Trimble : SketchUp

Trimble SketchUp

(as of 3/16/2020)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Create 3D models with an easy-to-use interface
  • Push and pull surfaces to turn 2D images into 3D forms
  • Turn models into drawings and export them as PDF, CAD, and image files
  • Import many formats like DXF, DWG, 3DS, and KMZ

Trimble SketchUp is a 3D modeling program that is used in architecture, interior design, film, video game design, and mechanical engineering. There is a freeware version available called SketchUp Make, as well as a professional version called SketchUp Pro.

SketchUp is designed to have an intuitive user interface that is easy to learn and use. To create a 3D object all you must do is draw a shape and then push or pull the shape into a 3D form. You can also find thousands of pre-designed models in SketchUp's 3D Warehouse that can be imported in your project.

Beyond modeling, SketchUp provides many other features to help with your workflow. You can create detailed tabular reports based off of the metadata stored in your models. You can also run area and volume calculations of individual or groups of surfaces and models.

Trimble SketchUp is a 3D tool that is very useful for a wide range of modeling needs. If you are interested in 3D design or are looking for a new modeling tool, it is definitely worth trying out. It is much more affordable than other 3D programs and the free version allows you to get a feel for how it works before you make a decision to upgrade to pro.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.SKP – SketchUp Document

Other file extensions used by Trimble SketchUp 2020

Supported File Types
.3DS3D Studio Scene
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.DAEDigital Asset Exchange File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing Database File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.EASMeDrawings Assembly File
.FBXAutodesk FBX Interchange File
.KMZGoogle Earth Placemark File
.MP4MPEG-4 Video File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.SKMSketchUp Materials File
.STYLESketchUp Style
.TIFTagged Image File
.WEBMWebM Video File
.XSISoftimage XSI 3D Image
Additional Related File Formats
.IFCIndustry Foundation Classes File
.LAYOUTLayOut Document
.RBRuby Source Code
.RBWRuby Script
.RBZSketchUp Plugin
.SKBSketchUp Backup Document

Updated: March 16, 2020