What's your SketchUp resolution for 2020?

December 6, 2019 Cara Bell

It’s the time of the year when people start prepping for the new year with resolutions and goals. So, keeping with the theme, we decided to poll everyone at the SketchUp office to see what they wanted to get better at in 2020. Here’s what some of the folks in the office listed as their SketchUp resolutions:

“I want to 3D print something!” - Allison, Marketing

We have a feeling she isn’t the only one that wants to start doing some 3D printing. We recommend starting small by 3D printing Lego bunk beds

“Learn how to use Sefaira.” - Casey, Project Spectrum

With Sefaira, you can analyze energy use, daylighting, occupant thermal comfort, and HVAC system sizing during conceptual and schematic design. You can use it as a plugin in SketchUp Pro or as a stand-alone app. If you are like Casey and want to get better, we have just the solution: a getting started tutorial

“Expand on creating simple, low-poly models and render them in tools like V-Ray and Twinmotion.” - Jakub, 3D Warehouse

Rendering is an awesome way to show some more real-life aspects to a model. Check out SketchUp School’s video on V-Ray for SketchUp: How to Create a Photorealistic Interior Rendering (7 Tips for Beginners).

“Learn how to use LayOut more.” - Lisanne, Customer Support

LayOut can be an extremely powerful tool in your 3D design toolbox, allowing you to create presentation-ready graphics and detailed drawings. If you are new to LayOut, check out our 6-part SketchUp Campus tutorial.

“Complete my 10+ years project of a 69 Dodge Challenger.” - Thomas, Extensibility

Well, we definitely understand how a project this big can get away from you so we are here with some SketchUp support! Some tips: try setting deadlines and working on it here and there in your downtime (lunchtime, etc.). Speaking of modeling in your free time, check out our Friday afternoon live models. Psst: we usually live model every Friday from 12 pm MST to 3 pm MST.

“Name my components!” - Mark, Product Management

This can be hard to remember when you are in the midst of 3D creativity, but here are some tips to keep in mind when naming them. 

“Learn better animations tools” - Tyson, Customer Success

Animations always make designs more fun! Check out this presentation Matt Chambers did at 3D Basecamp 2018 about animation in SketchUp. 

“Upload some good stuff to the 3D Warehouse!” - Josh, Customer Success

We hear you loud and clear. Check out this Skill Builder on how to evaluate a 3D Warehouse model. This might give you some ideas on how to create a good model for the 3D Warehouse.

“Learn how to demo AR and VR.” - Barry, Quality Assurance

Demoing in mixed reality is a challenge; but fear not, we have tons of help center articles to get you started. 

“Design Iowa City's first Passivhaus certified home in SketchUp, then build it using Layout.” - Peter, Sales

An energy-efficient house? That sounds awesome. We have just the learning guide for that: our architectural Skill Builder playlist



So what are your SketchUp resolutions for 2020? What do you want to get better at? List ‘em in the comments below and we will try and make your resolutions a reality.

 

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Cara Bell

When she's not writing copy or learning about customer workflows, you can find her on top of a 14,000 ft mountain, hitting up those Colorado ski slopes, or binging Netflix shows on her couch.

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