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SketchUp and Meta bring SketchUp models into VR

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SketchUp Viewer for Quest offers an immersive way to present and review SketchUp models

Trimble has launched SketchUp Viewer for Meta Quest, for an immersive way to view and present 3D SketchUp models in VR. The software enables AEC professionals with a Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro or Meta Quest 3 headset to engage colleagues and clients in immersive design reviews for more informed decision-making and collaboration.

“Meta has been at the forefront of growing VR adoption by making the technology easy to use, accessible and affordable,” said Chris Cronin, vice president and general manager of Trimble SketchUp.

“Collaborating with Meta to create SketchUp Viewer for Meta Quest is an important milestone toward making it easier for design and AEC professionals to tap into the power of VR as a rich, immersive way to experience, share and collaborate on SketchUp models.”

In addition to native SketchUp tools, SketchUp Viewer for Quest includes features, such as tabletop and presentation modes, that offer architects and designers multiple ways to present their designs.

With tabletop mode, users can walk around the SketchUp model and view the design as a virtual scale model. Presentation mode can be used to curate a client’s virtual walkthrough, complete with a simple user interface and easy-to-use controls.

“We’re already seeing the value of virtual reality in architecture and design, whether it’s exploring ideas, solving problems or showcasing designs in the best possible light,” said Jamie Keane, director of product management at Meta. “We believe the combination of SketchUp and Meta Quest will create new opportunities for connection and collaboration.”

SketchUp Viewer is free to download and explore the demo files, but needs an active SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Studio subscription to view your own models.