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Free 3D Design Software for Texas Public School Students

SketchUp Pro
Written by Chance McKee

3D design is a new skill set needed by many of our students today. But 3D software can be expensive. Luckily, TCEA has a powerful and free 3D drawing program we can give to all Texas public school students and teachers.

One of the many new skill sets today’s graduates need is 3D design. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be an expensive concept for schools to teach, as it requires costly software. But TCEA can help.

TCEA has been granted the exclusive rights in the state of Texas to provide FREE licenses of SketchUp Pro to all K-12 public school educators and students for school-owned computers. This 3D modeling software, normally priced at $495 per license, is easy and intuitive to use, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately.

SketchUp Pro is like a pencil with superpowers. Start by drawing simple lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate, and paint to make anything you like, from a copy of the classroom to a model of the entire town to a diagram of how the heart works. For more advanced students, start modeling from CAD and terrain data, photographs, or even hand sketches. Build models with custom behaviors and attributes. SketchUp Pro is as simple and as powerful as you want it to be.

If students need help brainstorming ideas of what to draw, they can turn to the 3D Warehouse, where individuals from all around the world who are using SketchUp Pro share their models. And to take the product even further, there is an Extension Warehouse with more than 200 different add-ons for SketchUp Pro available.

The free SketchUp Pro licenses from TCEA are good for one year and may be renewed each year thereafter. To receive a free license of SketchUp Pro 2015, please complete this form. You will then be emailed information within 48 hours on how to download and install the software.

For private schools, Trimble offers deep-discounted SketchUp Pro EDU licenses for as little as $15 per seat per year. Please see their licensing information page. Or you can download the free program SketchUpMake for your students to use.

Take a look at your upcoming classroom projects and see how 3D drawing can enhance them. You won’t be sorry!

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