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Drawing in 3D: A Beginners Introduction to SketchUp (WinOS)

This 3-hour class is designed for beginners in SketchUp with little to no prior experience with 3D modeling. In this class, you will learn 3D navigation, drawing fundamentals, and model organization. Design it, make it — and continue your SketchUp education with confidence after this hands-on class.

Don't own SketchUp?

No problem. A temporary SketchUp Pro license will be provided to all students who attend this class.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will learn to navigate the SketchUp modeling environment efficiently.
  • Participants will learn to create 3D models using SketchUp’s basic toolset.
  • Participants will learn to modify 3D models using SketchUp’s modification tools.
  • Participants will learn how to customize 3D models using colors and textures.
  • Participants will learn how to utilize 3D Warehouse and Extension Warehouse.

Hardware and software requirements

  • Knowledge of an operating system and basic computer navigation is required.
  • Bring your own laptop, charger, and any adapters you might need. Laptops are required for our hands-on class.
  • Bring a 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse. You may or may not use one in the future, but trust us: a 3-button mouse is the best way to learn SketchUp.
  • Like many computer programs, SketchUp Pro requires certain hardware and software specifications in order to install and run.
  • Minimum hardware requirements:
    • 1 GHz processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 500MB of free hard-disk space
    • 3D class video card with 512 MB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration.
    • Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL 3.0 or higher and is up to date.
  • To learn more about hardware requirements, visit: Sketchup Hardware and Software Requirements

About your teacher

Name: Aaron Dietzen

Aaron has been in the software industry for two and a half decades demonstrating and teaching everything from structural design to 3D printing. In his three years at Trimble, Aaron has served as a Customer Success Manager, assisting customers of all sizes to get the most out of SketchUp with everything from one-on-one Q&A sessions to weekly Skill Builder videos on the SketchUp YouTube channel.

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Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm



Can you design that in SketchUp? Yup. From modeling treehouses to building intricate, energy-efficient houses, SketchUp is the most popular 3D design program in the world. The suite of tools within SketchUp enhance workflows and creative concepts across a variety of industries including architecture, engineering, construction, woodworking, interior design, film, and much more. Popular products like 3D Warehouse, LayOut and SketchUp Viewer are what make SketchUp tick. Design it, make it and enjoy the process.