SketchUp for 3D Printing

Marcus Ritland
  • Start modeling right away

    No one wants to waste time learning complicated computer programs. SketchUp is hands-down the most intuitive and easy-to-learn 3D drawing tool on the planet. If you want to be productive within a couple of hours, you’ve come to the right place.

  • Model or re-model?

    Need some inspiration for a 3D printing project? Or maybe you just don’t want to model a bolt washer from scratch. Browse through millions of models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse to find one you’d like to adapt.

  • Create any shape you can imagine

    SketchUp’s Move and Scale tools have a knack for transforming simple shapes into amazingly imaginative structures. And with SketchUp’s Solid tools you can perform complex geometric interactions to bond objects together, subtract shapes from shapes, or isolate intersections.

  • Customize your own 3D toolbox

    SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse makes it easy to find purpose-built tools that make you more creative and productive. Find just the right tool for the shape or part you’re trying to build.

  • Read and write STL

    There aren’t many standards in 3D printing today, but most 3D printers require an STL file to get things rolling. Well, SketchUp happens to speak STL (thanks to an open source plugin)—and a whole bunch of other 3D file formats, too.

  • Take risks. SketchUp’s got your back.

    We all know that immediate perfection isn’t part of any normal design process. SketchUp speed and simplicity support exploration, experimentation and outright dead ends by letting you make mistakes faster. And in the case of true catastrophes, there’s always Autosave.

Start modeling right away

No one wants to waste time learning complicated computer programs. SketchUp is hands-down the most intuitive and easy-to-learn 3D drawing tool on the planet. If you want to be productive within a couple of hours, you’ve come to the right place.

Model or re-model?

Need some inspiration for a 3D printing project? Or maybe you just don’t want to model a bolt washer from scratch. Browse through millions of models in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse to find one you’d like to adapt.

Create any shape you can imagine

SketchUp’s Move and Scale tools have a knack for transforming simple shapes into amazingly imaginative structures. And with SketchUp’s Solid tools you can perform complex geometric interactions to bond objects together, subtract shapes from shapes, or isolate intersections.

Customize your own 3D toolbox

SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse makes it easy to find purpose-built tools that make you more creative and productive. Find just the right tool for the shape or part you’re trying to build.

Read and write STL

There aren’t many standards in 3D printing today, but most 3D printers require an STL file to get things rolling. Well, SketchUp happens to speak STL (thanks to an open source plugin)—and a whole bunch of other 3D file formats, too.

Take risks. SketchUp’s got your back.

We all know that immediate perfection isn’t part of any normal design process. SketchUp speed and simplicity support exploration, experimentation and outright dead ends by letting you make mistakes faster. And in the case of true catastrophes, there’s always Autosave.