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 image, bring it in. Or you could make material collections, a somewhat arduous process. The new download feature makes things MUCH easier.

Here’s my example – a simple kitchen. I want to replace the boring backsplash tiles.


So I used the Get Models tool, and I found this model which has five pretty tile swatches.


To the right of the swatches are the model statistics: number of downloads and likes, file size, etc. This one has five materials. What’s new (and awesome!) is that “Materials” is now a clickable link.


When I clicked “Materials,” the five swatch images were listed on the right side. You get each image’s size in pixels and file size – very important info for keeping file size low. (You don’t want to import huge image files – it really slows down model performance.) I picked one I liked – the most colorful swatch, and clicked its “Download” button.


It’s just that simple. The image appeared in my Materials window, immediately ready to be used.



I painted the backsplash, and that’s all there is to it!


There’s also a new 3D Warehouse feature that lets you download specific components. It works a bit differently, stay tuned for my next post.

About Bonnie Roskes

Bonnie Roskes has been writing tutorial-style projects on 3D modeling software, primarily SketchUp, since 2001. Her website, offers a wide variety of learning materials for all ages, from kids in grade school through design professionals. Her materials cover general 3D design, 3D printing, geometry, interior design, geo-modeling, and more, and future books are in the works. Read more about Bonnie.