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3D Warehouse Overview

4.1_3D Warehouse for Pre-Made Funishings

0:01 With our base model’s ground plane now complete, we’re ready to add furnishings and entourage –

0:07 – both of which will help to provide a sense of scale and reinforce the park’s intended program.

0:13 We also have to decide which elements in the model are custom to this design and need to be modeled from scratch vs. which elements already exist online and can be downloaded and dropped into out model.

0:25 If we glance back at our sketch reference plan, we can identify benches, handrails, boulders, play spheres, a slide, and trees.

0:37 Let’s start by separating out the trees out as we’ll handle those in the next course that deals specifically with vegetation.

0:45 So from the list we just identified, the handrails, play spheres and slides should be all built custom,

0:52 – while the benches might be quicker to find online, especially if we want a specific bench from a manufacturer.

0:60 The boulders can go either way, so we’ll see what we can find online and also look at building them from scratch as well.

1:08 For the pre-made components, the easiest and quickest source is of course, SketchUp’s 3DWarehouse.

1:15 Let’s start there and explore a few ways to search and find exactly what we need.

1:20 Like when we used 3DWarehouse to search for materials, we can do it from within SketchUp or in a browser.

1:27 My preference is a browser as I typically download several models at once and want to keep them saved to my hard drive in order to come back to later should I need to.

1:37 Let’s start looking for something that will work well for our wood benches.

1:41 If we just type in ‘wood bench’ as our search keywords, then we'd get all kinds of stuff...some good and a lot, not so good.

1:51 We need to narrow down the parameters a bit more.

1:56 We have quite a few search options to use.

1:59 On the left is an option for choosing a category, manufacturer, size, polygon count, and other attributes.

2:10 Let’s do check for a ‘manufacturer model’ as I’m making the assumption that we’ll need to source the bench later and don’t want to swap it out down the road.

2:21 As you can see, we still have over 1000 items found.

2:25 We can try sorting by popularity, likes, or author to see what that does for us as well.

2:32 We can also see who the manufacturer is by looking under the component name.

2:37 Most of the common manufacturers, like Landscape Forms and Forms+Surfaces, have models of all their furnishings…so let’s try one or both of those.

2:49 Given that we just sorted by author, let's scroll down to the Forms+Surfaces section and we can see there’s quite a few good options to choose from.

2:57 I like this Hudson bench as it’s backless with clean and simple lines.

3:03 If we’re in a hurry, we can download from the search results page, but it’s a good habit to get into to open the model page up first and check its stats prior to downloading.

3:15 This bench has low polygon count, small material sizes, and a really small file size so it is a good choice –

3:23 – especially given the fact that we have several benches in our model.

3:26 Now we can download the model in the version we need and it’s ready to import into our park model.

3:33 Also keep in mind that there are many sources beyond the 3DWarehouse.

3:39 There are paid subscription sites like FormFonts that are great as well.

3:43 If you’re really looking for something complex or unique you may find it in a format other than ‘.skp’.

3:50 We’re not going to get into converting and importing other formats in this lesson but there are extensions and other methods that allow for you to work with assets created by other software.