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Uploading Models

When you upload a model to 3D Warehouse, you become one of the many SketchUp modelers who make 3D Warehouse such a wonderful resource full of 3D models. Thank you!

That said, you don’t have to share every model that you upload to 3D Warehouse. You can make a model public so that other 3D Warehouse users can view and download your model. Or, keep an uploaded model private so that the model is accessible only to you on your My 3D Warehouse page.

Before you upload a 3D model to 3D Warehouse, the following tips are helpful to know:

  • The preview image that appears on the model details page is based on how the model appears in the drawing area. Before you upload your model, you may want to adjust the view, styles, and materials. For example, you might use the Camera tools to show the whole model from the front and check that the Style settings show off your model’s best look (such as faces styles that have shading and materials instead of being transparent).
  • You can upload an SKP file from any version of SketchUp. After you upload the model, 3D Warehouse renderbots generate additional files, depending on whether your model is geolocated.
  • Your file’s size can’t exceed 50MB. That size is pretty big for a model, so you probably won’t need to worry about file size. However, if you do need to reduce your model’s file size, try splitting the model into several files, replacing complex geometry with images that convey the same idea, or replacing large images/textures (such as a large TIFF terrain image) with a file type that offers compression and is optimized for viewing on screen (such as a JPEG or PNG). You find tips for simplifying models with images in Sticking a Photo or Texture to a Face in the SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro area of the Knowledge Center.
  • You can edit an uploaded model’s title, description, and other details anytime. All the editing options are available via your My 3D Warehouse page.
  • Any file you upload needs to follow the 3D Warehouse content policy and the 3D Warehouse Terms of Use.

Note: To upload models to 3D Warehouse, you need an account. If you don’t have an account, see Creating a User Account and Signing In.

Ready to start uploading models? The following sections walk you through the steps.

Uploading a model or component from SketchUp

From SketchUp, you can upload an open model or a component within an open model.

Tip: Use the component option when you want to upload only a part of a SketchUp model, such as a single building from a model of a larger development.

To upload a model from SketchUp, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Camera tools (Zoom, Orbit, and and Pan) so that the view in the drawing area reflects how you want the model preview image to appear in 3D Warehouse.
  2. Select File > 3D Warehouse > Share Model from the menu bar. If you’re signed into 3D Warehouse, 3D Warehouse opens to theUpload a Model page. If you’re not signed in, enter your user name and password and proceed to the Upload a Model page.
  3. On the Upload a Model page, select your options and fill in the title, description, and other fields, as shown in the following figure. See the following list for details about each option and field.
  4. Click the Upload button. After a moment, you see the model details page for your uploaded model.
From SketchUp, you can upload a model to 3D Warehouse

To upload a component within a SketchUp model, follow these steps:

  1. With the Select tool (), select the component that you want to upload to 3D Warehouse.
  2. Select File > 3D Warehouse > Share Component from the menu bar.
  3. Context-click the component and select 3D Warehouse > Share Component from the submenu.
  4. Select your options and fill in the title, description, and other fields. Whether you’re uploading a model or a component, your options are the same. See the following list for details about each option and field.
  5. Click the Upload button. After a moment, you see the model details page for your uploaded component, which is shared as an SKP file.

On the Upload a Model page, you see the following fields and options. Only the Privacy option and the Title field are required. Here’s a guide to the purpose and function of each field and option:

  • Privacy: The Public checkbox is selected by default. When a model is public, anyone can view, search, or download the model. You can change this setting so that only you can view or download the model by selecting the Private checkbox.
  • Title: If your model appears in 3D Warehouse search results, the title you enter in this field appears below the model’s thumbnail preview image. On the model details page, the title appears at the top of the page. A good title is specific but brief. For example, a building’s name and location (if it has one, such as “Eiffel Tower, Paris, France” or “Flatiron Building, New York City”) makes a good title. Similarly, instead of “Wood chair” or “Bed,” add a few details to help differentiate your model, such as “Windsor-style wooden chair” or “Rustic queen bed with tree branch headboard.”
  • Description: This field enables you provide a detailed description of your model. For example, you might describe specific features in your model. If you’re uploading a historic building, you might include a brief description of the building’s history. To add a hashtag that makes your model easy to find through search, begin by typing # and then some descriptive text. The autocomplete feature suggests useful hashtags and helps you avoid typos.
  • URL: Add a URL if you have website where 3D Warehouse users can learn more about your model or your model-related work. For your URL to be valid, include the http:// at the beginning of the URL.

Uploading a model via a web browser

When you upload a model to 3D Warehouse via a web browser, you can upload a SKP file from any version of SketchUp.

Follow these steps to upload an SKP file via your web browser:

  1. Point your web browser to https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/ and sign in to 3D Warehouse.
  2. Click the Upload Model button at the top of the main 3D Warehouse page, or select Upload Model from the user menu.
  3. On the Upload a Model page that appears, as shown in the following figure, drag and drop the file you want to upload into the SketchUp File area. Or click the Choose a File to Upload button and select a file saved to your hard drive.
  4. Select a Privacy option and fill in the Title field. You can also add a description, URL, and a 3D printable file. See the list in the preceding section, Uploading a model or component from SketchUp, for details about these options.
  5. Click the Upload Model button. After a moment, you see the model details page for your uploaded file.
From a web browser, you can upload a model to 3D Warehouse

Viewing and editing your uploaded models



After you upload models to 3D Warehouse, you can easily find all your uploaded models on your My 3D Warehouse page. Simply sign in to 3D Warehouse and select My 3D Warehouse from the user menu. On the Models screen, shown in the following figure, you see all the models you’ve uploaded to 3D Warehouse.

Find your uploaded models on the My 3D Warehouse page

From your My 3D Warehouse page, you can edit a model’s privacy settings and any details you provided about the model. For example, if someone commented about an issue with the model that you later fixed, or if you updated the model to add a new or improved feature, you might add that information to the model’s description.

Follow these steps to edit your uploaded models:

  1. From the Models screen on the My 3D Warehouse page, click a model to view its model details page.
  2. Click the Edit button in the upper right. (To delete your model, click the Delete button, and you’re done.) You can edit any of the options and fields that you filled out when you uploaded the model, as shown in the following figure. You can also have the following options:
    • Replace the original file with a new one by clicking Upload a New File.
    • Turn off commenting by selecting the No checkbox next to Allow Commenting.
  3. When you’re done editing the fields and options on the model details page, click the Save button in the upper right. A message appears, confirming that 3D Warehouse saved your changes.
You can edit details about a model that you uploaded to 3D Warehouse

Understanding how 3D Warehouse renders file formats and materials

After you upload a model, you may notice that 3D Warehouse renders different file types. These different file types are automatically rendered. Here's how that process works:

  • If you upload a geolocated SketchUp model, the renderbots create a KMZ file.
  • If the SketchUp model you upload is not geolocated, the renderbots create a COLLADA file, which has a .dae file extension.
  • If you upload a public model and selected the Is Printable checkbox, the renderbots send the file to 3DPrintCloud and receive an STL file.

Tip: Remember that SKP files are SketchUp models, and KMZ files are models exported to the KMZ format so you can view them in Google Earth. COLLADA files enable you to transfer data among 3D content-creation tools. STL files are for 3D printing. The SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro area of the Help Center has more details about these file types. For details about exporting KMZ and COLLADA files, see Using SketchUp Data with Other Modeling Programs or Tools. For help creating a model that prints well on a 3D printer, see 3D Printing a Model.

3D Warehouse supports the current version of SketchUp plus three previous versions. So if the current version is SketchUp 2018, then users of 2017, 2016, and 2015 will be able to download your model.

The renderbots also extract the model's materials, which 3D Warehouses users can browse and download individually.

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