Last month, Trimble (creators of SketchUp) announced SketchUp Free to the world. This completely free, web-based modeller offers the core of SketchUp’s 3D modelling features and conveniently saves your files to the Trimble Connect Cloud.
SketchUp Free will be replacing SketchUp Make, which will no longer be updated, although it’s still available to currently download from SketchUp’s website.
Many designers across the globe rely on the free version of SketchUp to get them up and running into the world of 3D modelling, before transitioning onto more advanced CAD software such as SketchUp Pro or AutoCAD.
A free, more basic version of SketchUp has been around since the software’s initial release when it was formerly known as Google SketchUp, until it was taken over by Trimble in 2012 and re-released as SketchUp for Home and Personal Use.
How do I download SketchUp Free?
Luckily, you don’t need to download SketchUp Free, as it works in your internet browser. You can load up the software by going to app.sketchup.com.
SketchUp Free is compatible with all modern web browsers on any operating system, so you can model on Chromebooks and Linux. SketchUp Free is also versionless, meaning you’re always using the fastest, most up-to-date version.
It’s important to note that SketchUp Free cannot be used for commercial use. If you want to use SketchUp to work on commercial projects you will need to purchase a SketchUp Pro licence, which can be bought as part of a perpetual licence with a maintenance plan.
What happens if I want to buy the full version?
As an authorised SketchUp reseller you can purchase the software directly through us by either filling in a contact form or calling us on 01403 78419.
You can also request a free SketchUp Pro trial through us.