SketchUp for Schools? Check.
It’s back-to-school (a.k.a. the most exciting time of year) and SketchUp for Schools has a whole new set of features to bring to the classroom.
Last year, we launched SketchUp for Schools, a free 3D modeling browser application available to any primary and secondary school signed up with G Suite for Education. We’ve spent the past year getting your feedback and making improvements so that students and educators can do more in 3D. We’re proud to share what’s new in SketchUp for Schools.
Better 3D printing functionality
When SketchUp for Schools launched, we got a lot of “Thank Yous!,” and “Finally, SketchUp on Chromebooks!” The next question educators asked, “Can we use it to 3D print?” We’ve supported STL export since the beginning, but this year, we added a couple more features to make your 3D printing experience even better.
1. Solid Inspector. The web-child of Solid Inspector2, the #1 extension for preparing models for 3D printing on SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse. You can find it in the new 3D printing panel on the right.
Solid Inspector in action. Check it out in the new 3D printing panel!
2. 3D printing guide. An all-you-need-to-know 3D printing guide, complete with three new lesson plans. And more good news: lesson plans are now delivered in Google Slides. Check them all out on the web or directly in the SketchUp for Schools application.
Find curriculum in the menu at the top left in SketchUp for Schools.
3. Solid Tools. Outer shell, union, subtract, trim, intersect, split—it’s all there! Not only are these features useful for creating cool geometry, but they can also help prep your model for 3D printing.
4. STL import. Open all those Thingiverse models you’ve been wanting to play around with. And, it’s just as easy as exporting to STL.