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This guide will walk you through the basics of using SketchUp. Follow the steps in this guide to build and decorate a Library study room.


This guide will help you get started using SketchUp. SketchUp is a 3D modeling tool that is commonly used in interior design, architecture, and landscape design. It can be used for video game design, civil and mechanical engineering, and lots more. SketchUp is a relatively easy-to-learn 3D modelling tool, so you can also use this guide to get comfortable with some of the basics of 3D modelling.

This self-guided tutorial will guide you through the basics of using SketchUp using the Windows interface. The Mac interface does not have the Default Tray that the Windows interface does, but all the same tools are available in the Window menu. You can open and stack the trays you need to use. 

This tutorial is based on SketchUp 2020, but it will also work with other versions of SketchUp.

What You'll Need

  • SketchUp. Sketchup is available on the Studio computers.
  • A (free) SketchUp account. This is how you can access the SketchUp 3D Warehouse, where you can download models to add to your design. It's really easy to create your account, and I recommend using your UTC Google account.
  • A copy of 307_floor_plan.png.

What You'll Do

By following this tutorial, you should be able to create a 3D model of a Library study room (room 307 to be exact) from a 2D drawing of the floor plan and decorate it using materials from the 3D Warehouse. The goal of this tutorial is to orient you to the SketchUp interface and basic tools. You can complete this tutorial at your own pace.

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