Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., has released an update to 3D Warehouse, its online platform for sharing and downloading free 3D models and materials. A key component of the SketchUp 3D modeling software, 3D Warehouse connects designers to free, high-quality 3D content.

Every year, millions of SketchUp designers rely on 3D Warehouse to import prebuilt models directly into design projects. The updated release provides social enhancements that encourage communication and sharing with other SketchUp designers, including architects, interior designers, engineers, construction firms, and building product manufacturers.

In addition to user-generated models, 3D Warehouse offers free 3D product models from hundreds of premier brands.

3D Warehouse builds on the SketchUp ecosystem with a new commenting system that allows designers to engage with and learn from each other by providing feedback, tips, and other useful information. Users now have the ability to add new comments to models, edit or delete their previous comments, reply to comments left by others, and flag inappropriate comments.

A new “contact me” feature provides a way for users to contact other users, allowing them to communicate privately about opportunities to collaborate or to ask permission for special uses of models. An email notification feature helps users stay up-to-date with conversations.

3D Warehouse users also now have access to a more robust user profile with features that are designed to help users establish a more professional presence for promoting their brands, businesses, and interests. New features include the option to create a custom 3D Warehouse URL space, link to social accounts, add custom links, and more.

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