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SketchUp is described as '(formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid' and is a leading 3D Modeler in the development category. There are more than 100 alternatives to SketchUp for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android Tablet. The best alternative is FreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like SketchUp are Blender, Sweet Home 3D, Autodesk AutoCAD and Shapr3D.

SketchUp alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be CAD Software or Interior Design Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of SketchUp.
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  1. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).

    ⚫︎ Parametric ModelingFreeCAD can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    ⚫︎ Procedural ModelingFreeCAD can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
    ⚫︎ PortableFreeCAD can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    FreeCAD is a rich program for mechanical components or structures. There is more of a learning curve than Sketchup but can create professional drawings, analysis, simulation, assemblies, and more.

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    Love this software for 3d printing.

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    FreeCAD is a lot more difficult to use

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    I use both and they are not alternatives. Sktechup excels at drawing things realtime (to think in 3D). Freecad is cumbersome for that. Sketchup cannot do easily parametric modelling (with constraints, etc) or print blueprints. It only deals with triangles. Sketchup is easy to learn while Freecad has a steep learning curve.

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    You can't go in and draw parts as like Sketchup - not at all the same.

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    Sketchup is not a CAD software

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    Not the same audience. Just try to build a pyramid with FreeCAD and you will understand how far it is from sketchup.

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  2. Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking.

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    ⚫︎ Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBlender is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Blender vs SketchUp opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Blender is still a legitimate alternative to SketchUp, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Good generic 3D modeller, but not as suited for quick space modelling.

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    It's a bit complicated but way more powerful booleans, arrays. You can draw shapes just like in SU. Get comfortable with the snapping system. Try measureit-arch , archipack, cad-transform free addons for a similar experience. There is also construction lines for like 10USD which adds the ability to draw lines and rectangles.

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    Sketch up is sold on how easy it is to use. Blender is god level complex.

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    Sketch up is more geared for designing a table or a house. Blender seem more like creation a Pixar animated movie.

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    Another comment says Blender is "God level complex". I'm gonna get hate for saying this, but I think "hell-level complex" is more like it. I respect that it's an amazing and powerful (insular) community-driven project, but intuitive and inviting it is not. Thus the fork "B for Artists", which seems promising.

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    Too complex. "3D for everyone" is Sketchup's tagline.

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    Blender is a graphic artist's tool. SketchUp is an architect's tool. SketchUp is very intuitive, but Blender is very complicated and not intuitive at all.

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  3. Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design Java application that helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSweet Home 3D can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableSweet Home 3D is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    If you are looking for something related to home design, SweetHome3D is an excellent solution. But it is not a general purpose cad suite.

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    Very easy to learn. Has a huge library of "furniture" and other assets developed and shared by users. Has 3D photo's and video virtual tours. May not be that great for detailed framing plans and elevations.

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    Sketchup is far more generic and can be used for creating 3D printing models. Sweet Home 3D is a targeted application designed for laying out house designs.

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    Its not general purpose, its to specific to be an alternative to virtually any other CAD program

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    Not a general purpose CAD program

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    SH3D is great for home projects but lacks a lot when compared to Sketchup. Simply don't share enough features to be comparable.

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    Sketchup is a more generic 3D modeller. Sweet Home 3D is a tool for house and furniture designs.

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  4. Autodesk AutoCAD icon

    Autodesk AutoCAD

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    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    AutoCAD is a leading CAD (computer-aided design) software used professionally throughout architectural, electrical, mechanical and other engineering and design industries. It was once available under a perpetual license but is now accessed solely through a subscription.

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    Most users think Autodesk AutoCAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
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    AutoCAD is beyond expensive and prices the average user completely out of the picture. There is no good reason for the exorbitant rising costs of this software. None!

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    If you're talking about Autodesk software the 3D software is Revit, which is amazing, but AutoCAD is much more suited to 2D modelling and doing 3D requires a larger time investment or understanding of procedural coding etc.

    As for Revit, it leaves Sketchup in the dust, but it's also very expensive(I didn't see it on the list even after scrolling down, hmm).

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  5. Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil.

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    it's for iPad, not for Windows or Android

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    Wings 3D

    • FreeOpen Source
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    Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.

    It is possible to assign materials, vertex color, UV coordinates and textures, but there will be improvements in those features before Wings goes 1.0.

    There is no support in Wings for doing animations.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Wings 3D, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Modeling by Jove Chiere
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    Most users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp.
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    pCon.planner

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    • Windows

    The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody:.

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    new Interface UI with Ribbon
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    Almost everyone thinks pCon.planner is a great alternative to SketchUp.

    Beautifully designed interface, very intuitive, wide gallery of 3D objetcs to use, and free... What's not to like.

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    MakeHuman

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux

    MakeHuman is an interactive modelling tool for creating realistic 3D human characters. These models can be exported to several computer graphics and animation platforms including Blender, Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, OpenSim and Second Life.

    ⚫︎ Parametric ModelingMakeHuman can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingMakeHuman offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    Completely different scope. SketchUp is a general modeller with a hard surface / architecture focus while MakeHuman is strictly for creating realistic human models.

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    Sketcher 3D

    • Android

    Sketcher3D is a 3D modeling, design, and fun physics sandbox. Create and manipulate 3D objects, plan out a space, or just build things up and smash them down!

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    Discontinued

    No longer available on the Google Play Store, and the official site has not updated since 2012.

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    Almost everyone thinks Sketcher 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp.

    Because people on Android can use it

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    Autodesk 3ds Max

    • Windows

    3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animations.

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    Most users think Autodesk 3ds Max is a great alternative to SketchUp.
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