Sketchup

What is it?

Sketchup is a free Google application for drawing three-dimensional objects.

Key features
  • A three-axis drawing field
  • Ability to rotate an object and export a 2-D image of the object you have created
  • Various templates for different applications (engineering, architecture, carpentry)
  • Color and texture tools to create building for Google Earth
  • Works on Windows and Mac OS
How does it work?

Download the application from the Sketchup homepage (http://sketchup.google.com/ ).  Once you have downloaded and installed the application you can open it.  You will be presented with a template chooser window (if it does not matter you can choose the first option).  From there, you can begin drawing your 3-D object.

Things to consider

There is a bit of a learning curve when you begin drawing in three dimensions.  The program is fairly intuitive, but it can get confusing as to which plane you are actually drawing on.

However secure the support seems to be for the software, it is a Google application and support may be changed at any time.

Uses as an Instructional Technology

This program can be used to create three dimensional representations of real or imaginary objects.  It can provide a way for an artist to model an piece he or she might like to create.

It can also be used by engineers and architects to create representations of objects that they are creating.

It could be used by a group of students to re-create a building or venue from the past like the Coliseum in Rome.

Resources at Wooster

Sketchup is installed on the lab machines in the digital MEDIA lab (Taylor 205).  Because it is free software, you can download and install it on a machine you choose.

If you have questions about using the software please contact your Instructional Technology liaison.