Trimble SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, the world’s largest free 3D model library, improves accessibility through a new visually-driven search function called Image Search. Users can now take a photo of an object or drop and drag an existing image into the 3D Warehouse’s search bar, and AI will quickly sift through millions of pre-built models to pinpoint ideal matches. The new feature is built to help architects and designers speed up their workflows and more easily specify new products for their designs.
“3D Warehouse used to be entirely based on keyword search, where you had to type in exactly what you’re looking for in order to generate the right match,” said Steve Guzman, product manager for 3D Warehouse. “3D Warehouse Image Search eliminates that requirement, allowing users to overcome language barriers and incorrect search queries by matching images with models. Now, designers can more easily source 3D models or find alternatives for their clients who are often looking for very specific objects to incorporate into their designs.”
As well as user-generated models, Image Search results include real-world objects from building product manufacturers and parametrically configurable objects. On top of Image Search, users can now easily search, filter, and download materials and texture swatches by simply typing the name of the material into the search bar and clicking the Materials tab.
“SketchUp’s ethos is purposely built around creating products that enable designers to be more nimble so that they can ideate and iterate faster,” said Sumele Adelana, senior product marketing manager for Trimble SketchUp. “3D Warehouse Image Search builds on that principle by removing some of the tedious and time-consuming aspects of conceptual design, while also giving clients access to real, purchasable objects that can be easily incorporated into the design of their project.”
3D Warehouse Image Search is available to current SketchUp subscribers on both desktop, web, and mobile. Those interested in subscribing to SketchUp can select a plan here, or start their free trial by visiting www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup.