Lets face it, 99.9% of the content in 3D Warehouse is pure ■■■■ when you are looking for components to use in your own projects. A lot of models are great if you just want to look at them but many aren’t even that. Add 20 third party cars to your car park or 30 chairs to your office and even a top notch machine starts lagging. SketchUp’s own components are pretty much the only ones that are efficiently modeled with a reasonable polygon count and a consistent style and level of detail.
But how can I navigate to the SketchUp components? Author search doesn’t seem to work anymore. Searching for “author:SketchUp” doesn’t show any results. The 3D Warehouse front page used to show SketchUp’s main collection, which was my primary way to find components, but I can’t find it anymore. Of course searching for SketchUp just brings up page after page with random third party content.
My current way to find any useful components is to search for “Jin Yi”, and click on the author link at the second result (the scale figure component published by SketchUp, not Jin’s personal account). From there I can go to Collections and scroll down to the SketchUp Component collection. But there must be a better way to get there? Not?