How to Make Your First 3D Model

Introduction: How to Make Your First 3D Model

About: I've always loved making things and sharing ideas about making things with others.

If you're like me, then you have noticed everyone but you seems to make cool 3D models. I will show you how to make a simple house in google sketchup. You can download google sketchup at their website here: it is a free, fast and easy 3D modeling software. lets get started!

Step 1: Starting Up

After you've downloaded, open it from wherever you placed it. There will be a model of a person in the middle of your screen, delete it by clicking on it and then hitting delete on your keyboard.

Step 2: The Base

Now, on the top of the screen there are a bunch of icons; click on the one that looks like a square. With this tool you can make rectangles and squares, drag it to make the base of the house. Now click on the icon that shows an arrow coming out of a rectangle, it is the extrude tool. Click on your rectangle and drag it to the right height.

Step 3: The Roof

Now click on the pencil icon, it is the draw tool you can use it to make lines. Click where it says center on the edge of the house, make this line as tall as you want the roof to be. Then from the two edges make lines to the top of the center line (see picture) repeat these steps on the other side. To complete the roof make a line that joins the two points together (see picture 2)

Step 4: The Chimney

Take out that rectangle tool again, and make a rectangle on the roof where you want the chimney to be. Then use the draw tool to make four lines coming up to the same height and then connect them to make a chimney shape, this chimney looks pretty good but we can do better, draw four lines around the rim (see third picture) then use the extrude tool to push the smaller rectangle inside (see picture four)

Step 5: Painting

Now you have the basic shape, you can add any details you want, I added a simple door and window. Click on the paint bucket tool at the top, paint your house however you like it. And you're done, you can give yourself a pat on the back you have made your first 3D model.

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    10 months ago

    I maked some big sort of house and then I sell it for 10 pounds. Some guy really bought it. Thank you.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    It is a effective tutorial.

    If you are looking for 3d modeling freeware, try some of them from the URL below:


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! At the time I wrote this this was the only freeware I could find. But now I realize it's not very good compared to others. All of these in the list are great!