Finding and downloading models from the 3D Warehouse into SketchUp

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The 3D Warehouse is an online collection of 3D models or components. There are several ways to find and download models or components from the 3D Warehouse while working within SketchUp.

Downloading components using the Components Browser

SketchUp's Component Browser allows you to download models in the 3D Warehouse. To search and download models using the Component Browser:

  1. (In SketchUp). Select Window > Components. The Components Browser is displayed.
  2. Enter the type of component you're looking for in the "search" field to find related models from the 3D Warehouse and press the Enter (Microsoft Windows) or Return (Mac OS X) key. A list of components appears.
  3. Click on the thumbnail image of the component that you like to download the component into SketchUp. One of the following will occur:
    • If the current model in SketchUp has location information (such as terrain downloaded from Google Earth or another building downloaded from the 3D Warehouse), and the model you are downloading from the 3D Warehouse also has a location information, a dialog box appears. This dialog box states "The model being imported is located at a specific place on Earth, which may be far away from the current model." Press Choose new location if you want the model you are downloading to appear at its intended location (it might be accompanied by Google Earth terrain). Press Preserve location if you want the model you are downloading to appear at the same location as the current model in SketchUp.
    • If the current model in SketchUp doesn't have location information, but the model you are downloading from the 3D Warehouse has location information, the downloaded model is placed on the ground plane at the axes origin. The solid green axis points north, the solid red axis points west, and the solid blue axis points up.
    • If the model you are downloading doesn't have a location information (for example, a model of a chair), the model is downloaded and attached to a Move tool cursor. Refer to the Move Tool for further information.
Note: If the 3D Warehouse model contained Scenes (different views of the model) or screen text, they are not displayed.
Tip: Add "author:Google" to your search string to find components made by Google. For example, search for "tree author:Google" to to find trees created by Google.

Downloading models using the Warehouse toolbar

SketchUp's Warehouse toolbar allows you to download models from the 3D Warehouse. To search and download models using the Warehouse toolbar:

  1. Click on the Get Models button to access the 3D Warehouse from within SketchUp.
  2. Enter the type of model you're looking for in the "search" field.
  3. Click on the Search button. Thumbnail icon representations of models are displayed.
  4. Click on the thumbnail image of the model that you like to view the model.
  5. Click on the Download Model button to download the model into SketchUp. The message "Load this directly into your SketchUp model" appears.
  6. Click Yes to download the model directly into SketchUp. One of the following will occur:
  • If the current model in SketchUp has location information (such as terrain downloaded from Google Earth or another building downloaded from the 3D Warehouse), and the model you are downloading from the 3D Warehouse also has a location information, a dialog box appears. This dialog box states "The model being imported is located at a specific place on Earth, which may be far away from the current model." Press Choose new location if you want the model you are downloading to appear at its intended location (it might be accompanied by Google Earth terrain). Press Preserve location if you want the model you are downloading to appear at the same location as the current model in SketchUp.
  • If the current model in SketchUp doesn't have location information, but the model you are downloading from the 3D Warehouse has location information, the downloaded model is placed on the ground plane at the axes origin. The solid green axis points north, the solid red axis points west, and the solid blue axis points up.
  • If the model you are downloading doesn't have a location information (for example, a model of a chair), the model is downloaded and attached to a Move tool cursor. Refer to the Move Tool for further information.
Note: Click No to download the model to your computer.
Note: If the 3D Warehouse model contained Scenes (different views of the model) or screen text, they are not displayed.

Downloading models using the 3D Warehouse separate from SketchUp

You can access the 3D Warehouse directly through your web browser to find pre-made models:

  1. Visit the 3D Warehouse using your Web browser. The 3D Warehouse is at http://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/
  2. Enter the type of model you're looking for in the "search" field.
  3. Click on the Search button. Thumbnail icon representations of models are displayed.
  4. Click on the thumbnail image of the model that you like to view the model .
  5. Click on the Download Model button. A list of SketchUp versions and other formats appear.
  6. Select the version of the file that is closest to the version of your copy SketchUp. A dialog box appears asking if you want to open the model with SketchUp or save the file.
  7. Select Open with SketchUp Application (default). SketchUp is run and the model is inserted in a new file.
Note: A model that was created with an earlier version of SketchUp will download and work fine in a newer version of SketchUp.
Note: If the 3D Warehouse model contained Scenes (different views of the model) or screen text, they are not displayed.
Note: (SketchUp 6) Select File > 3D Warehouse > Get Models... to find additional models.