Turning SketchUp models into real buildings

Over the years, we’ve talked quite a lot about SketchUp, Google’s amazing 3D modeling tool. We’ve shown you tools to make your models look more realistic, how to animate them and much more. Ultimately, though, many of these models are intended to become real buildings, so how well does the finished product match up to the original model? Google wants you to show them.


As they recently posted, they’re encouraging you to send in your SketchUp stories; a SketchUp model accompanied by a photo of the finished product. You can use this form to send yours in. Here’s a video they created with a cute example of a new store being visualized and developed in SketchUp:

If you have any personal examples, please leave a comment and share them with us!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Gregorio Martinez says:

    when ar you ready to send SketchUp for Linux??
    I think we are millions expecting it…!!!
    Thank you and congratulations for a very gook work.

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