SketchUp Help & Tutorials

SketchUp Performance & Rendering Issues

Posted by Geoff Powell on

Are you having performance issues when viewing and rendering your SketchUp projects? It could be that you are using models with too high a resolution for the view you have created or that you are using high polygon count models.  When importing items from 3Dwarehouse, use the filters to remove high polygon count models from the results, so you can better optimise your scene. Foliage and plant models often suffer from this issue. A helpful tool that you'll find in Extension Warehouse (https://extensions.sketchup.com/) is a free extension called Goldilocks... Goldilocks is a tool for identifying where you have too much or too little...

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How to deauthorize Sketchup activations

Posted by Geoff Powell on

If you are having problems logging in using your Sketchup subscription it could just be that you have already used the allocation of two authorizations per licence. To release all the activations take the following steps:   Go into your Account Management Portal - https://ecom-prd.trimblepaas.com/account//   and click on My Products and then View Included Applications Click Manage Devices and this window will pop up Click to "Deauthorize All" and this will remove all activations. Logging in again as you launch Sketchup will authorise your computer again.

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3D Printing From Sketchup

Posted by Geoff Powell on

3D Printing a Model Before you print a model on a 3D printer, you need to make sure your 3D printer can understand your model data. Here’s a quick overview of how to set up your SketchUp model for 3D printing: Orient your model so that the 3D printer has a base on which to build your model. Your 3D printer prints your model one layer at a time. If your model juts out at the top, the 3D printer has nothing to build upon. For example, if you want to 3D-print a gear, rather than orient the gear vertically, place...

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Looking for free Sketchup or Sketchup Make?

Posted by Geoff Powell on

If you can't afford the full commercial version of Sketchup or don't qualify for the reduced pricing of the Sketchup Student Licence then in the past you've been able to use Sketchup Make. From November 2017, Trimble discontinued development of Sketchup Make, the free version of Sketchup that came without Layout. Sketchup Make 2017 can still be downloaded from https://www.sketchup.com/download/all?from=partner Trimble replaced Sketchup Make with Sketchup Free, a web based 3D modeller. SketchUp Free is the simplest, easiest-to-use 3D free modeler around. You don’t need thousands of buttons and dropdowns for 3D drawing: you do need space to draw. SketchUp Free is the most accessible...

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Authorising your SketchUp Pro Subscription

Posted by Geoff Powell on

Once your SketchUp Pro Subscription order has been processed you will receive the following email: Click the ‘account management portal’ link on your email. If it fails to open in your internet browser, right click the link, copy the link, and paste into Internet Explorer.   You will be prompted to sign in with either a Trimble Connect account, or with a Google ID. If you don’t already have a Trimble Connect account, you can input your email address, and you will get asked to create one.     Once you have signed in, you will see the products available...

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