Searching for and Downloading Models

Maybe you want to fill a 3D model with premade items, such as furniture, doors, or even trees and other landscaping. Or you’d like a 3D model of a building plan that you can customize with an interior design.

Tip: Whatever you need, you may not have to model it from scratch. Instead, search 3D Warehouse and, if you find a model that works for you, download the model into your open SketchUp model or onto your hard drive.

The Search box at the top of the 3D Warehouse interface is the most obvious place to start searching for models. To do a basic search, type your search term and click the Search button, as shown in the figure.

In 3D Warehouse, begin a search by typing terms into the Search box

The following sections walk you through the different ways you can search and, when you find a 3D model you like, the ways you can insert a component into your SketchUp model or download the file to your hard drive.

Tip: If you need components, the Components browser has a search box that connects to 3D Warehouse. For details, see Adding Premade Components and Dynamic Components in the SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro area of the Help Center.

Filtering your search results

Your search results page allows you to filter your results in a few different ways.

With the checkboxes at the top, you can filter to only models or collections. By default, when you type a search term into the 3D Warehouse Search box, you’re searching for models and collections. However, you may be able to save a little time by searching for only collections of models that other users have already organized.

For example, if you want to fill the interior of a model with modern furniture, you can probably find a collection of modern furniture instead of searching for individual pieces of furniture one at a time.

On the search results page, you can filter the results by clearing the Collections checkbox to see results that are only models. Or to see only collections, make sure the Models checkbox is cleared. The results page updates automatically based on your selection.

In 3D Warehouse, filter search results to show only models or collections

Sorting your search results

The search results page also lets you sort your results. By default, results are sorted by relevance. However, you can change the order to sort by popularity, alphabetically by title, by date, and more. To do so, simply select a sort option from the drop-down list in the upper right.

Doing an advanced search

An advanced search enables you to limit your search results based on a broad range of criteria. The Advanced Search pane will appear on the left of your search results, allowing you to fine tune your results based on different criteria.. The Advanced Search pane appears, as shown in the following figure.

The Advanced Search page in 3D Warehouse

Here's a brief introduction to each of the advanced search options:

  • Keywords: You can add one or more keywords to refine your search results. You can remove keywords from the search by closing text pillboxes.
  • File Size: You can filter your search results by file size, for example to show only the results that are less than 2Mb in size.
  • Complexity: You can filter your search results by polygon count, for example to show only the results that have less than 5,000 polygons.
  • Features:
    • Manufacturer Model: select to show models provided by manufacturers with 3D Warehouse Catalogs.
    • Dynamic Component: select to show dynamic components.
    • Geolocated: select to show models that have been geolocated in SketchUp using the Add Location feature.
  • Title and Author: You can search for content by title and by author name.
  • Modified Date: You can search for content that has been modified within a date range. For example if you want to see only content that has been modified in the last week.

Downloading a model from the model details page

When you find a 3D model you like in your search results, click its thumbnail image to see the model details page. Your options for downloading the model are a little different, depending on whether you accessed 3D Warehouse via SketchUp or via your web browser.

If you accessed 3D Warehouse via SketchUp, follow these steps to download the model:

  1. On the model details page, click the Download button.
  2. In the Load Into Model dialog box that appears, click Yes to download the model as a component into your currently open SketchUp model, and you’re done. Click No to see more options in the File Download dialog box and move to Step 3.
  3. Select one of the following options in the File Download dialog box (or click Cancel to return to the model details page):
    • Click Open, and a new SketchUp file opens that contains the downloaded model.
    • Click Save, and you can use the Save As dialog box to save the model to your hard drive.

If you accessed 3D Warehouse via a web browser, follow these steps instead:

  1. On the model details page, click the Download button.
  2. If you see a menu of file types, such as a SketchUp file and a Google Earth KMZ file, select which file you want to download. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
  3. After the file downloads (most likely to your computer’s Downloads folder), you can move the file to a new location on your hard drive and/or open the file in any compatible application.

Managing a downloaded model

After the component is successfully loaded into your SketchUp model, simply right-click on the component at any time, hover over 3D Warehouse in the flyout menu and you can see two additional options to keep you connected to the original model in 3D Warehouse: Reload and View Details...

Choosing Reload will bring you to the selected component's details page on 3D Warehouse, where you can download it again, reloading the component with the latest 3D Warehouse version. Alternatively, you can to navigate to a different component and download it to replace the component with a different 3D Warehouse component. If the selected component was not downloaded from 3D Warehouse, this menu item will bring you to the main 3D Warehouse page, where downloading a component will replace your selected component with the one you downloaded.

The View Details... menu item is available only when the component was downloaded from 3D Warehouse. Selecting it will bring you to the component's details page on 3D Warehouse. If you then choose to download a different component, SketchUp will download it as a new component instance in your model – as opposed to replacing your the selected component.