Experience a new level of professionalism with SketchUp 2024

2024 offers a new layer of realism and innovative visual styles directly within the SketchUp interface, along with updates that amplify productivity. Additionally, SketchUp has introduced a new Labs feature that will speed up 3D scanning and design on iPad.

Left:Image of a SketchUp scene; Right:  The same scene with Ambient Occlusion turned on.

Unlock more realistic visuals directly in SketchUp in the latest 2024 release. Now, you can elevate your models by adding depth in-app, and avoid switching between software for many of your conceptual visualization needs.

A new SketchUp Labs feature, Scan-to-Design [LABS],  expedites your as-built modeling workflow directly on iPad. Leveraging Canvas’ scanning and Apple’s RoomPlan technology, scan a space in SketchUp’s iPad app. SketchUp converts that data into a 3D output so you can start designing immediately.

Along with streamlined in-house visualization, SketchUp 2024 includes performance upgrades to boost productivity, ranging from a new graphics engine to easier ways to share your ideas with stakeholders. All of these stunning visualization, collaboration, and performance features mark a remarkable year for SketchUp, inviting you to explore your creativity like never before.

Ambient Occlusion increases perceived depth and realism within the SketchUp interface.

Share SketchUp visuals with confidence

Add visual emphasis and perceived depth at model edges with a new global style setting called Ambient Occlusion. This new feature can be tailored to produce stylized visuals similar to clay or white models and is available on Desktop, iPad, and LayOut. The release of Ambient Occlusion represents one of SketchUp’s most significant visual enhancements to date and a major milestone on its development path for you to produce compelling visuals natively.


“Ambient Occlusion makes the core tool no longer look like just a “sketch.” Before, I needed to always consider rendering it in some other app before presenting my model. I no longer have to worry about that — 95% of what we need to convey is ready to go in SketchUp.”

VDC Director, (Beta Tester)

Styles that complement your vision

We know you need unique visual style options that resonate with your client’s aesthetic preferences. Ambient Occlusion helps you find a visual balance between too simple and too realistic, allowing you to add aesthetic pops to your 3D model without promising material specifics. Build and save SketchUp Styles with your preferred Ambient Occlusion settings and share those customized styles with your project team so everyone can work with and see your vision.


“Ambient Occlusion is the single most exciting feature in recent years! I got no work done this afternoon playing with it. Most of my models are achromatic, so this makes them pop, particularly architectural interiors.”

Joe Calvin, Lead Architect (Beta Tester)

Elevate your 2D documentation

In addition to color, materials, and other styling elements, SketchUp has added another tool to your belt to help you achieve greater depth and richness in your 2D drawings. LayOut supports Ambient Occlusion styles, allowing you to easily toggle them on and off when creating 2D drawings. When you turn on Ambient Occlusion in the SketchUp Scenes you use in LayOut, the visuals will automatically update throughout your LayOut file.


Advanced visualization workflows at your fingertips

SketchUp has not only enhanced the visual outputs but also made complex rendering and animation processes more accessible than ever. Improved import and export functionality for USDZ and glTF files allows seamless transitions between SketchUp and other industry-standard tools. Use these files in real-time applications like NVIDIA Omniverse or Epic Games’ Twinmotion for rendered animations and advanced XR viewing experiences.


“SketchUp’s improved USDZ interoperability demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the mission of AOUSD and the USD standard. As a participating AOUSD member, we believe we can unlock greater interoperability between industry tools and champion more robust 3D visualization and presentation workflows for our customers.”

Chris Cronin, Vice President, Architecture & Design and EDU

Gather context and as-built conditions efficiently with Scan-to-Design [LABS].

Scan, design, and collaborate all in one app

Effortlessly capture detailed as-built conditions and instantly turn your scans into 3D models using your iPad with a new SketchUp Labs feature. Thanks to Canvas, Apple, and Trimble’s cutting-edge technology, Scan-to-Design [Labs] captures spaces better than other methods like reference photos and can save extra trips to the site to check out details you may have overlooked.

Unlike other scan solutions that can take days to generate a 3D model or require extra tools to import, Scan-to-Design [Labs] empowers you to scan, create a model, and start designing in SketchUp in seconds.


Smart model generation

SketchUp transforms your scan data into clean, organized geometry that you can work with immediately. This means you can spend less time cleaning your scan data and more time exploring ideas in 3D.


Customize 3D outputs

Every project is unique, which is why we offer multiple options for scanning and creating the perfect 3D model. Scan-to-Design delivers different types of geometry, meshes, and planes for different workflows. You can decide whether to have the geometry photo textured, and models are intelligently organized to let you toggle between outputs to suit your needs. After beginning a project on iPad, you can publish it to Trimble Connect and continue developing your ideas in SketchUp’s Desktop and Web apps.


Scan-to-Design [Labs] is still under development as a SketchUp Labs feature. These features harness the power of emerging technologies and allow us to refine technology based on your feedback. Scan-to-Design [Labs] is available to use on iPad if you are in trial or have a SketchUp subscription

Share your 3D model with anyone

Whether you’re in the early stages of design or have reached a major project milestone, we understand the importance of keeping all stakeholders in the loop. SketchUp’s Link Sharing feature was extremely popular on Web and iPad, so they’ve also made it available on Desktop. Instead of exporting one-off, flattened visuals or spending time documenting, formatting, and exporting project updates, simply share one link.

Your link can show the whole model or Scenes you’ve selected and is viewable without a SketchUp subscription. An unlimited number of people can access your view-only model, which they can navigate in any web browser. Toggle file visibility on and off for all viewers directly in SketchUp.

Enhancements optimize every design stage

Both new users and long-time experts have reasons to be excited about 2024. Stay in an uninterrupted creative flow with quicker, smoother, and more accurate tools.

  • A new graphics engine brings a faster, more responsive SketchUp experience. Tests with customer models showed an average eight times increase in frames per second rendered. This means navigating and orbiting models will feel considerably lighter and faster.
  • The new Draft Mode in LayOut saves processing power, allowing you to navigate working models efficiently while still having the option to export high-resolution documents when needed.
  • Core modeling updates offer improved functionality of the Move tool and enhanced inferencing to reduce visual noise and streamline your day-to-day workflow.
  • Deliver accurate BIM documentation and improve cross-software interoperability with IFC import and export improvements. SketchUp data is now more precisely mapped to IFC class attributes; new geometry tessellation is available for creating optimized geometry and lightweight IFC files; and users can now consistently export data from Advanced Attributes and Dynamic Components. Import files with special characters and preserve drawing origin in a predictable way.
  • Enjoy more precise terrain data and simplified imports in Add Location, raising your confidence in bringing real-world data into SketchUp.

Our customers love how these developments have amplified their SketchUp experience:

“I love how SketchUp performs with the new graphics engine. I have been actively trying to break it for the past few days with no success. Many modeling-related crashes that used to happen are gone; lovely UI, too. I love this release! “

Juan Carlos Uribe Ortega, Architect (Beta Tester)


“I feel the 2024 kick! A model from a competition I imported from another program dragged in 2023 but feels snappy to orbit in the new SketchUp. I also tested with my heaviest model, and it feels very usable.”

João Queiroz e Lima, Architect & Director (Beta Tester)


“Add Location’s UI features are greatly improved. The ability to pan the area while not changing the origin, move the four selector bounds independently, and perform additional imports accurately are HUGE. In the past, that had meant hours of tweaking mesh overlays, plus being forced to import areas not needed for the end product.”

John Clements, Engineer (Beta Tester)


Getting started with 2024

The SketchUp 2024 release takes a giant leap forward in delivering enhanced visualizations — and lays the groundwork for big things to come in your professional design workflows.

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