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3D Warehouse
Web address
Slogan Search, share and store 3D models.
Type of site
Registration Optional
Available in Multiple
Owner Trimble Navigation
Launched April 24, 2006[1]
Alexa rank
Current status Active

3D Warehouse (formerly Google 3D Warehouse[1]) is a free cloud service that allows users to search, upload, download and share 3D models,[2] created in SketchUp.

The site enables modelers to upload their work from within SketchUp or by uploading .SKP or .KMZ files via the 3D Warehouse website. 3D Warehouse currently holds over 2 million models; users can curate these by creating model collections. Individual models can be viewed in 3D on the web using a modern Internet browser that supports WebGL, or with the SketchUp Mobile Viewer application compatible with current iPad devices. Users can search and download models from 3D Warehouse from a web browser or from within the SketchUp desktop application. In 2008, PC World reported that 3D Warehouse allows users without significant artistic inclination to make and populate 3D models.[3]

Also in 2008, The New York Times reported that 3D Warehouse had become a virtual "dictionary" of 3D vocabulary, reporting its suitability in film making, for example:

... you can find insanely detailed three-dimensional virtual models of most major building structures of the world. Need a street in San Francisco? Here’s a filmable virtual set. With powerful search and specification tools, high-resolution clips of any bridge in the world can be circulated into the common visual dictionary for reuse. Out of these ready-made “words,” a film can be assembled, mashed up from readily available parts. The rich databases of component images form a new grammar for moving images.[4]


The 3D Warehouse site launched on April 24, 2006 originally titled Google 3D Warehouse.[1] On April 26, 2012, Trimble Navigation reported that during the acquirement of SketchUp, it would partner with Google to further develop 3D Warehouse. As of the most recent major update of 3D Warehouse (completed on February 27, 2014) Trimble effectively took full control of 3D Warehouse.


Since April 24, 2006, modelers have been able to access a vast archive of models on 3D Warehouse. This functions both as a standalone web service as well as a feature of SketchUp. Models can be utilized for projects ranging from industrial design and architecture to personal home and 3D printing. SketchUp models can be downloaded as standalone projects or imported directly into an existing working file.

Google Earth[edit]

During the time that Google owned SketchUp, users could select an option when they uploaded GeoLocated models to identify the model as being "Google Earth Ready".[5][6] If a "Google Earth Ready" model was submitted, within a few weeks, the model would go through a review of several Google employees who checked the model's qualifications under certain acceptance criteria[7] for inclusion in Google Earth's 3D Buildings layer. If the model passed, it was added to the "3D Warehouse Layer," and would soon be visible within Google Earth by checking the box in the sidebar labeled "3D Buildings." As of October 1, 2013, Google shut down the 3D Warehouse submission pipeline for Google Earth.[8] According to the 3D Warehouse website, people can still create geo-referenced models in SketchUp and upload those models to 3D Warehouse, but Google no longer considers new submissions for acceptance into Google Earth's 3D Buildings layer.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Google (27 April 2006). "A great day for 3D". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "3D Warehouse". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Gralla, Preston (December 29, 2008). "Build Your own Model Parthenon with Google SketchUp". PC World. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Kevin (November 23, 2008). "Becoming Screen Literate". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Wells, Stephen (March 26, 2009). "Taking a Scout Project to Another Dimension". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Siklos, Richard (May 27, 2007). "Why Hollywood Is Getting Serious About 3-D". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Acceptance Criteria". Google. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Google Groups:3DWH". Google. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Submit an appeal for an unaccepted Google Earth model". 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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