Finding additional pre-made models or components

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

Finding components using the Components Browser

SketchUp's Component Browser allows you to search for components in the 3D Warehouse. To search for components 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 components from the 3D Warehouse and press the Enter (Microsoft Windows) or Return key. A list of components appears.
  3. Click on the thumbnail image of the component that you like to download the component into SketchUp.
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.

Finding components using the Google toolbar

SketchUp's Google toolbar allows you to search for components in the 3D Warehouse. To search for components using the Google toolbar:

  1. Click on the Get Models button to access the 3D Warehouse from within SketchUp.
  2. Enter the type of component you're looking for in the "search" field to find related components.
  3. Click on the thumbnail image of the component that you like to view the component.
  4. Click on the Download Model button to download the component into SketchUp.

Finding components using the 3D Warehouse separate from SketchUp

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

  1. Visit the 3D Warehouse using your Web browser. The 3D Warehouse is at http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse
  2. Enter the type of component you're looking for in the "search" field to find related components.
  3. Click on the thumbnail image of the component that you like to view the component.
  4. Click on the Download Model button. A list of SketchUp versions and other formats appear.
  5. Select the version of the file that is closest to the version of your copy SketchUp.
Note: A component that was created with an earlier version of SketchUp will download and work fine in a newer version of SketchUp.


Note: (SketchUp 6) Select File > 3D Warehouse > Get Models... to find additional components.