Make 2017 - Setup with free account details

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So we’re just trying out Make 2017 for some diy learning with kids.

How can we set up it up (e.g. the 3D Warehouse etc in Make 2017) with a Free Sketchup / Web account?

What part / area in the Windows program can we do so? How?

You can open the Components tray in SketchUp Make, and search the 3D Warehouse for what you are interested in. When you find something, click on its thumbnail (not the text description), and the model should appear in your scene.

That feature wasn’t working for a few days, but it is now.

Thanks - So this works, but would much prefer to use the Main Menu > Windows > 3D Warehouse (as the bigger window is easier for kids to explore).

Is there any way to make that work?

Also, does 3D Warehouse access (via the Window) required Make 2017 to have “Trimble Account” info Signed in?

How where does one enter that / if when needed?

PS: I’ve been using SolidWorks but think this would be easier for kids.

The 3D Warehouse doesn’t support SketchUp 2017 and hasn’t for some time. The alternative to using the Components window is to use an internet browser to access the 3D Warehouse. From there download the Collada version of the file and import the included .dae file into SketchUp. Or use the web version of SketchUp to search the 3D Warehouse and download content. Then use Save as and save as a 2017 version to open in 2017 Make.

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The browser that is embedded into older versions of SketchUp is not compatible with the security updates that have had to be added to 3D Warehouse. The page basically doesn’t work at all, not even the sign in that you would need to do.

You could use any browser to find and download the models, but to import those into 2017 you would need to download the file as Collada, then import that file. Even then it isn’t straight forward, the model downloads as a zip file, which you extract, and import the model.dae file inside the extracted folder.

The sign in to 3D Warehouse in a browser can be with Google, Apple, or a Free account Trimble sign in.

Or you could skip SketchUp Make and go with SketchUp Free. That’s always up to date and compatible with the 3D Warehouse.

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