Welcome to our forums! Please introduce yourself :)


Who are you, who, who?

I am Pascal Suter, i was born and still live in Switzerland, near Zurich

What is your industry and profession?

I work at a computer manufacturer in Switzerland, we are mainly in the High Performance Computing and Server Business, 98% of my work with Linux Systems as both User and Admin

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?

Personally, I love Woodworking and am about to get into CNC as well. So far i have used Sketchup mainly to replace pen and paper when engineering new projects. I then created cutlists (using the CutList plugin) and ordered the panels from a nearby wood shop.

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?

After trying some other CAD Software (mainly Linux compatible stuff, as Linux is my main OS both privatly as well as professionally) Sketchup was the one that does what I need. It is very easy and fast to start with a single wood pannel and start building from there. It is almost like sketching something up on paper, only alot easier and faster! I love the way things can evolve and how i can start designing without knowing in advance how I am going to build every joint and detail about my project. Also the price of the Pro version is affordable for private use and now with CNC coming up, i will probably soon upgrade to Pro also to get constraints as i am missing those in the Maker edition. The only Thing that keeps me trying other CAD programs and that keeps me from finally buying Sketchup Pro so far is that it is a hassle to use it under Linux. So far my best User Experience was running it in a Virtual Machine, but that requires quite a fast PC and is now broken with 2017.

How proficient are you in SketchUp?

I’d say intermediate. I have first started using it in 2015 and it has since become my tool of choice to design new projects. I am by now a lot faster drawing something on SketchUP than i am drawing it by hand on a piece of paper.

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?

Nope, learning by doing and watching your great tutorials

What is your current set up? Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.

Linux Workstation with Intel® Xeon® CPU E3-1265L v3 @ 2.50GHz, 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. On top of that i run VMware Player 12 with Windows 10 and 3D acceleration enabled. In the VM i then run SketchUP Make 2017. So far everything except for highlighting faces works but it is a lot slower than on my wife’s Thinkpad running Win10 natively.

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models

No, I’m not that good yet :wink:

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Please add Linux support… I would already be happy if you’d test SketchUp to run decently with Wine but needing a VM to make it work half way is just not something i want to rely on.

What is your favorite Emoji?


Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…?

that sounds extremely boring! :wink:


Hi. New to SketchUp and to this forum and looking forward to getting help with some of the challenges I’ve found with the system. I’m an engineer by degree and a weekend woodworker by choice.:grinning:


2016 WORKS REALLY GREAT I use it and added a lot of Extensions to it for drawing things ( I also have a 3D printer to make things with ) . . Made some of the do dads that go back on a Cedar Chest in wood PLA like the name plate and some round buttons


Just an old retired guy using Make occasionally to use with my VCarve Pro 8.5 and CNC router system.

Proficiency - I would say NOT very. So confused at the present I can barely do what I need to. My problem, not the program. I know it will do what I want, just don’t know how to get there. Having a limited data connection doesn’t help either. So much for country living in the beautiful suburbs of Frogmore, Louisiana.


My concern is whether I can run Sketchup Make successfully with the Lenovo ThinkPad e570 laptop computer that I am about to order. It comes with an Intel HD 530 integrated graphics card. I won’t be doing a lot of heavy duty work with SketchUp make 2016. I will be making drawings of furniture to build for potential clients. I wont be drawing anything with a million parts. I can get the Nvidia dedicated graphics card for an upcharge when I make my initial laptop purchase, but my local tech person tells me that card will generate too much heat and shorten the life of the laptop. Lenovo tells me that the integrated card, which comes with the laptop regardless, will be used for everything i do except when i use Sketchup, and then that as long as i use the program for no more than 4 hours at a time, i will be fine. Do sketchup folks think this is true? If so, does it mean i will have to enable and disable graphics cards for this scenario? Thanks for any help.

Graphics Cards in Notebooks

@bupkins, see this:


I’m a chinese landscape designer. Just say hi and hope to learn something about…


As long as it does not have windows 10 it may work . . Like I said I use Linux ( Ubuntu 15-10 64 bit as my main O/S ) and load windows inside of Virtual Box so it can;'t change any thing


Who are you, who, who? (show us those pearly whites :smiley: — to start, just one photo if you please ) My name is Dave Foster
• What is your industry and profession? I am retired due to a disability
•Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally? I use Sketchup personally to layout/organize woodworking projects.
• Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? I use sketchup to work out the details of projects I’m working on where there are no plans available, such as bench seating in our kitchen. Sketchup allows me to see things I may miss when drawing on paper like dimensions.
• How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced? Pretty much a beginner
•Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp? No
• What is your current set up? Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.566 WIndows 10 Sketchup Make v. 17.2.2555 64 bit
•Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us? None
• Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…) Can’t think of anything at the moment
• What is your favorite Emoji? Not really into Emoji’s. A big cup of coffe would be nice though.
•Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…? Mountains are more to my liking, especially the Smoky Mountains. I’m originally from East Tennessee but live in Florida.


Here you go: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee:


I am Jos Richters
I am retired
I use sketchup personally
It is easy to use and make presize models
I am an intermediate user
I have not been to a 3DBasecamp
I have a HP pavilion Laptop with an AMD Redeon R5 graphiccard
My faverate use of Sketchup is making models for 3D printing
At presen I have no Emojki
I prefere cycling above walking on the beach


Hello, I’m Todd, or toadyhopper if you prefer. I’m an amateur at this. just tried to get sketch up today for the first time. Haven’t even got it working yet. I don’t think my “new” Dinosaur Dog computer is up to the task. Here’s hoping though.


I’m an interior desiger.
Using Sketchup make on Mac OS sierrra to learn the basics.
Love using it & creating and want to take it all the way.


Greetings, I have recently installed the trial version of Pro and enjoyed it very much. However, it is very expensive for a retired designer. I could justify it (maybe) if I could try the Layout, so I could see how it works as a pseudo cad product. My project I was working on during the trial has been a big success–I just need more time to see how it Layout will work for me. Is there anyway I can get an extension to the trial to see if Layout can help me justify the expense? Thank you, Arthur

PS. I am a retired architectural and interior designer, having working in South Africa for the past 15 years. I am back in the USA, now, but without the firm’s AutoCad software (which is outrageous for me). I still want to keep designing for small pet projects, but want to examine more affordable software that is fun to use.


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Who are you?
João L.

What is your industry and profession?
I am a startup company, a Shop fit-out coordinator, specialising in independent small retail stores bringing affordable interior design and construct packages to my clients. I currently outsource all my trades including design. I enjoy the design side of our projects and work closely with our designer throwing ideas back and forth.

How proficient are you in SketchUp?

I am self taught, still a beginner but am able to communicate my ideas on the platform. I currently have a Certificate in AutoCad, but enjoy the simplicity of Sketchup.

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?


What is your current set up?
iMac OS Sierra 10.12.4 AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1024MD

Anything else you would like to tell us?

I am currently interested in getting my skill set up to pro level, and then purchase Sketchup Pro, and use it in my future projects



New to SU

using for architectural drawings.

I have a material choice that has a verticle line in it. on two parts it is turned sideways. Other parts look correct and have same orientation. How do I fix the 2 parts?




Who are you?
Jeff M

What is your industry and profession?
I am a patent attorney (in-house at a company, I can’t do work for anyone out there!) but I was a research biochemist for many years and have a passion for astronomy, which is where I use Sketchup to make unusual or “odd” parts for 3D printing.

How proficient are you in SketchUp?
I don’t really know! I’ve made some complex stuff but not sure I was very efficient getting it done. I’ve tried using TurboCad but the learning curve seems terribly steep.

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
Personally - for astronomy, and for model rocketry

What is your current set up?
Windows 10 desktop PC with 4GB Nvidia graphics card. I have access to Mac’s too.

Anything else you would like to tell us?
Often I have a complex solids to make that have one or more axes of symmetry, and once I get part of the object done i’d like to “mirror image” the object. Moving and rotating is straightforward but I haven’t figured out how to mirror/invert/reflect objects. I love Sketchup either way!!


Hi, I’m Paul
Here from Australia to learn some more about SketchUp and maybe contribute further down the track. I’m a retired IT Trainer and Bookkeeper with a broad interest in many things including 2D, 3D, plastics and woodworking.


Name: Hoppy
Bicycle/Recumbent Trike Shop Owner
Simple… -ish way to design velomobile. Former architectural draftsman who used pencil/paper to draft.
Beginner in SketchUp
Have gone to Sketchup Tutorials only
Dell XPS 8900 PC with ASUS 29" Ultra-wide Monitor; Sketchup Make 2017
Nothing to show off yet
Designing a production model Velomobile based on HPVelotechnik Scopion FS 26 S-Pedelec recumbent trike.
I have whatever is in SketchUp Make and trial versions of other stuff
NO emojis
I live inland, but I ride along the beaches.


Hi, I use Sketchup to draw plans for my 3D models.
This use is strictly personal, non-commercial activity.
I’m retired. My Models are for my Model Railroad.