Sketchup

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What is it?

Google's free 3D Modelling solution. A great tool to use in schools as it is free and easy for students to use. Very intuitive controls with a lot of available plugins to make the most of your 3D models.

What does it do?

Allows the user to create 3D models by first drawing a 2D shape and then 'pulling' it into 3 dimensions. Great for concept modelling or creating 3D resources.

Where can I get it?

Version 8 has just been released for Mac and Windows and you can get it here:

http://sketchup.google.com/

Other

Access to Google's 3D Warehouse where people can upload any model they create and can be downloaded into your existing model or as a new model.

http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/

How do I use it?

Introduction to SketchUp - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=901231215767ef7a545172f70efed474&prevstart=0

Self-paced Tutorial (part 1) - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=3c27ea02aee7158814bf892352a115c2&prevstart=0

Self-paced Tutorial (part 2) - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=5d20b51f761e4e9198105c663c634461&prevstart=0

Self-paced Tutorial (part 2) - http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=a9d027d6f2e8e88aa259d991f081e8af&prevstart=0

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