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Sketchup@SC | Google Sketchup Home | Google's Sketchup Videos
Lesson 1 - Introduction Panel | Lesson 2 - Navigating and Lines | Lesson 3 - Basic Shapes, Pull Tool & Offsetting | Lesson 4 - Construction Guides, Move/Copy | Lesson 5 - Doors/Windows & Angular Construction Guides
Advanced 1 - Finished Surfaces & Section Planes | Advanced 2 - Follow-Me! | Advanced 3 - Walkthrough

SketchUp is a 3D modeling program marketed by Google and designed for architectural, civil, and mechanical engineers as well as filmmakers, game developers, and related professions. The program, which is designed for ease of use, allows placement of models within Google Earth.
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Why do we use Sketchup? Simply because it is a fantastic transition between the traditional product/idea sketches and "true CAD". There are many realms of technology (and art) that use Sketchup to finalize concepts before moving on to the specific design and implementation phase.

Here at SCHS we use Sketchup in both our Engineering, Exploring Technology and Design programs. The video lessons off of Google are fantastic, but I've found a few tips and tricks along the way that help to clarify some common mistakes.

Lesson 1 - Introduction Panel
Lesson 2 - Navigating and Lines
Lesson 3 - Basic Shapes, Pull Tool & Offsetting
Lesson 4 - Construction Guides, Move/Copy
Lesson 5 - Doors/Windows & Angular Construction Guides
Advanced 1 - Finished Surfaces & Section Planes
Advanced 2 - Follow-Me!
Advanced 3 - Walkthrough