3D Warehouse

3D Warehouse Models: Part 3 – Embedded 3D Viewer

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use the 3D viewer to check out models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse. In Part 2, I showed how to embed a model into a web page. In this post, I’ll combine the two previous posts, to show how you can use the 3D viewer in […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 2 - How to Embed

In Part 1 of this series, I showed a few things you can do to check out a model in the 3D Warehouse. That post also had a model embedded right on the web page. (We’ve done model embedding a lot on this blog.) Don’t know what embedding means? It’s placing content from one website […]

3D Warehouse Models: Part 1 - 3D Viewer

When you look for models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, you can do more than just see a flat image of the model. The model I’ll use to demonstrate is this one: If you want to follow along at home, click the “3D Warehouse” logo at the lower right corner of the embedded model above. This […]

SketchUp Shadow Studies

Did you know that you can easily do this in SketchUp? It’s done with scenes. Here’s how I did this example.   Geo-Location First, I needed a geo-located model. This means a model that has a defined location. Why does location matter? Because SketchUp shadows are created based on where the model is. (Place a […]

Filtering Your 3D Warehouse Search

A while back I did a series on finding quality components – picking and choosing from among the millions of models to find something you know will be well-made. Part 1 of that series had a tip about finding models created by the SketchUp staff, using the “author:” search syntax. For example, if I want […]

Another Great New 3D Warehouse Feature: Download Components

In the previous post, I wrote about the new material-downloading capabilities of the 3D Warehouse. Another feature that was added at the same time was the ability to download specific components from a model. This feature is also incredibly useful, though it’s still in its initial stages. Just because something in a model is defined as […]

Great New 3D Warehouse Feature: Download Materials

Did anyone else recently notice this happy little banner at the top of the 3D Warehouse?   I am SO happy they added this. We can now go into a 3D Warehouse model, pick a material, and bring that material right into our current model. Before this, you’d have to download an entire model, extract a material […]

Low Poly Models

Even on a fast computer, have you ever had a SketchUp model perform really slowly? In most cases, slow orbiting and the like is caused by bloated models. And what usually causes this bloating is the importing of large models from the 3D Warehouse. (By “large” I don’t mean a model’s dimensions or scale; I […]

More Pillow Ideas

A few weeks ago I posted a four-part series on making realistic-looking pillows. You can find Part 1 here. It’ll be helpful to read that series before trying these examples, to get familiar with projected textures and material sampling. Blog reader (and 3DVinci book customer) Jorge Lopez is a professor of Architectural Technology at Kirkwood Community […]