Stuey writes: “Sketchup is a basic 3D layout program. It doesn’t pretend to be CAD; it’s for ‘simple’ 3D sketches and drawings. It can be used for modeling anything from a dowel to a bookcase to entire buildings. Best of all, it’s been free ever since Google bought it up. If you’re reading this, you’ve got a PC of some sort, so what are you waiting for? If worst comes to worst, try it out and then leave it alone until you need it, or uninstall it after giving it a try.
“Check out some of the examples people have submitted in Google’s ‘3D warehouse.'”
I feel foolish as we’ve used SketchUp a bit here in the Toolmonger offices, but for some reason I never posted it. Stuey’s right. It’s a reasonably competent little app that lets you model things in 3D. One thing he doesn’t mention, however, is that not only is SketchUp free, it’s also incredibly easy to use. Even if you’ve never spent any time working with 3D apps, you’ll find that you can “sketch up” objects pretty quickly.
It’s worth a look.