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A pedal-powered lathe in SketchUp

This lathe draws its power from pedaling bicycle cranks to drive a flywheel. Read more about how this unique apparatus helps spread woodturning knowledge to less-developed areas.

Get Started with CNC: A SketchUp Sawhorse

If you're a newcomer to the world of digital fabrication, the SketchUp Sawhorse is a great starter CNC project.

Taking a ride with Connor Wood Bicycles

Chris Connor makes beautifully crafted wooden bicycles in SketchUp.

Make everything easier

No one wants to waste time learning complicated computer programs. SketchUp is hands-down the most intuitive, not to mention powerful, 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.

  • Get good, fast

    No one wants to waste time learning complicated software. SketchUp Pro is hands-down the most intuitive and easy-to-learn 3D drawing tool on the planet.

    Think by drawing in 3D

    We designed SketchUp to behave like an extension of your hand. The idea is to get out of your way so that you can draw whatever you want, however you want.

    Iterate quickly through design ideas

    We love how architects use layers and layers of tracing paper to develop and improve their ideas. Similarly, SketchUp was born to be simple to let you iterate.

  • Produce scaled, accurate 2D drawings

    SketchUp isn’t just for 3D models. Draw plans, elevations, details, title blocks and other graphics with LayOut. When your model changes, so does your document. Simple.

    Generate presentation documents

    SketchUp Pro includes LayOut, an incredibly powerful tool with features for page layout, drafting, vector illustration and slide presentations.

    Create compelling visualizations and walkthroughs

    Use SketchUp Pro to turn your models into animated walkthroughs and flyovers that explain every detail of your design.

Don't take our word for it...

  • I was able to very rapidly create new models, refine the models that I had, and create a better bicycle very, very quickly.
    - Chris Connor
    Connor Wood Bicycles
  • For me, SketchUp and the ShopBot go hand-in-hand.
    - Rob Bell
    zomadic.com
  • One unexpected benefit of using SketchUp is that it turns out to also be a great tool for teaching woodworking.
    - Bob Lang
    Popular Woodworking Magazine
  • SketchUp is my “go to” application for woodworking. I can work at higher precision than is needed in woodworking and I can draw everything I need with it.
    - Dave Richards
    Fine Woodworking

Simple is Powerful

  • Find a 3D model of anything

    Need an oven for the kitchen you’re designing? An automobile for your driveway? A rhino for your zoo? Find it all in 3D Warehouse, the world’s biggest library of free 3D models.

    Turn models into documents

    Eventually, some 3D models grow up to become professional 2D drawing sets. LayOut in SketchUp Pro helps you showcase your models and create drawings you’ll be proud of.

    Customize your SketchUp

    SketchUp extensions are add-on tools built to solve the kind of 3D modeling problems that might otherwise leave you scratching your head. And there are hundreds of them for you to explore.