3D Design

Welcome to 3D Design

Learn how to create 3D designs that represent objects in the real world.

Together you'll learn:

  • How to use the basic tools of SketchUp to design in 3D
  • How to apply measurements to lines and shapes to make real-world scale models
  • How to export your designs for use in other applications, or for 3D printing

What you'll need to get started:

  • A computer (Mac, PC, Linux, or Chromebook)
  • Internet access
  • SketchUp software (free download)
  • Mouse (optional)

What you'll be teaching

Module #1 - Intro to SketchUp

In this module you’ll be introduced to SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s used by architects, interior designers, landscapers, and engineers. Your learner will set up a free account, get familiar with the main tools, and use those tools to build the basic shape of a house.

Estimated time: 15 minutes

Module #2 - Home Sweet Home

Next, your learner will get familiar with tools to change their view and build the roof of the house, including a chimney. They’ll also see how to use the Eraser tool to remove unneeded lines and correct errors.

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Module #3 - Curb Appeal

What features will make your house look unique? This module teaches your learner how to add stairs, doors, and windows, as well as making parts of the house look like they’re made of materials like wood, glass, brick, etc.

Estimated time: 15 minutes

Module #4 - Fun with 3D Design

Your house is now complete, so why not keep exploring SketchUp and adding more fun elements like a treehouse or a swimming pool with a water slide? You can also try designing stuff like toys or figurines that can be printed out using a 3D printer.

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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