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. 3D Warehouse also has a few search tricks, including the ability to filter your search results and an Advanced Search tool.
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.
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.
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. To access the Advanced Search page, begin typing your search terms and, when the menu of search suggestions appears, click the Advanced Search Tools option at the bottom of the menu. The Advanced Search page appears, as shown in the following figure.
Here’s a brief introduction to each of the advanced search options:
Search For: From this drop-down list, you can choose to search for models or collections.
With Text: Enter the keywords you want to search for here, and 3D Warehouse searches for models or collections that contain the keywords in the model title, description, or tags.
Title (Exact Match): If you’re looking for a model with a specific title, type that title here. Your results are limited to models with a title that contains all the terms you type in this field.
Description: To search for text only in a 3D model’s description, type the text in this field.
Tags: Limit search results to models that have one or more tags. To separate tags, use a blank space or commas. To search for a tag that’s more than one word (like Eiffel Tower), put the term in double quotes (that is, type “Eiffel Tower”). If you type more than one tag, you see only those models that contain all the tags you enter.
Author Name or Author ID: You can search by an author name, such as Sherwin-Williams. However, in the 3D Warehouse, author names don't have to be unique, so your results might include models that multiple users have uploaded (if more than one user goes by Sherwin-Williams). To see results from only one author, you can search for an Author ID, such as uc5b31322-bcc3-48f5-987a-fbe7a20925df. You can find an author ID in the URL on their 3D Warehouse page.
Search by Creation Date: There are two options, "Use time-frame drop-down" will let you pick a specific, pre-defined time or date range and "Specify a date range" will show you two new fields which allow you to manually enter a time/date range.
Find Items CREATED in This Time-Frame: To limit your search results to new models, select an option from this drop-down list. You can specify a time frame as short as 1 hour or as long as 1 year.
Search for items CREATED within this date range: Clicking in the From: and To: fields will open a calendar which can be used to select a specific date.
Search by Modification Date: There are two options, "Use time-frame drop-down" will let you pick a specific, pre-defined time or date range and "Specify a date range" will show you two new fields which allow you to manually enter a time/date range.
Find Items MODIFIED in This Time-Frame: To see only models that have been recently modified, select an option from this drop-down list. Again, your options range from 1 hour to 1 year.
Search for items Modified within this date range: Clicking in the From: and To: fields will open a calendar which can be used to select a specific date.
Model Complexity: If you’re downloading a lot of items into one SketchUp model, your SketchUp model’s file size can become enormous pretty quickly, which can slow down your system. Or perhaps you want only very detailed models. This option enables you to control for model complexity by selecting an operator (such as less than, greater than or equal to, and so on) from the drop-down menu. Then enter a number in the Number of Polygons field. For example, to search for models with fewer than 500 polygons, select the < operator from the drop-down menu and type 500 in the Number of Polygons field.
Only Show Dynamic Models: Dynamic models, introduced in Adding Premade Components and Dynamic Components, may have height or width constraints, a predefined set of options, or the ability to move when clicked with SketchUp’s Interact tool (). Select this checkbox to see only dynamic models in your search results.
Only Show Printable Models: When you select this checkbox, you see results for 3D-printable models, which are .stl files that you can send to a 3D printer.
Sort By: To choose how your search results are sorted, select an option from this drop-down list. You have options for sorting by popularity, alphabetically by title, or by date the model was created.
Max Number of Items to Display Per Page: By default, you see all the search results on one page. To limit the number of results per page, select a number from the drop-down list.
The Advanced Search options also let you limit your searches to catalogs. To learn more about catalogs, see Using the Catalog Browser,
Searching with advanced search operators
The following table lists the advanced search operators, which enable you to search the 3D Warehouse for models that fit specific criteria quickly and accurately. To use an advanced search operator, enter it in the Search box or in the With Text field on the Advanced Search page.
Used to specify the author's nick name
author:bryce author:"vanilla bryce"
tag: OR tags:
Search for terms used in the model's tags *Tags can be separated by a blank space or commas, and the tags must match all the search terms
tag:bench (searches for one 1-word tag) tag:"tea house" (searches for one 2-word tag) tags:"tea, house" (searches for two 1-word tags) tags:"prog rock, heavy metal" (searches for two 2-word tags)
An Exact Search for terms in the title field. *The title must contain all of the search terms
title:house title:"Eiffel Tower"
Search for terms in the description field. *The description must contain all of the search terms.
description:house description:"house in the woods" desc:"house in the woods"
is:model is:collection is:catalog
Used to limit your search results to models, collections, or catalogs only
These do not need to be used in conjunction with another search.
is:model title:bench is:collection tags:building
Search for items that are geo-located (marked with a location on Earth)
Search for dynamic models only
Search for models with STL data which can be 3D Printed.
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:
On the model details page, click the Download button.
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.
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:
On the model details page, click the Download button.
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.
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.