Revit and SketchUp are two powerful programs commonly used in architectural design, but there are some clear differences between them. Follow along to find which one is better for you!
SketchUp is a very popular 3D modeling software created in 2000 by @Last Software. It has many different applications, including product design, architecture, urban planning, 3D printing, and woodworking.
Acquired in 2006 by Google, some interesting features were added in subsequent versions, like integration with Google Maps and its own 3D model library called 3D Warehouse. Google also oversaw the development of a free version of the software for everyone to use. In 2012, the software was acquired by Trimble, which is now focused on developing the software with more powerful and productive tools.
Revit is building information modeling (BIM) software created by Leonid Raiz in 1997 and is specially focused on the architecture and construction industries.
In 2002, Revit was acquired by Autodesk, which has continued developing the software. Revit provides powerful tools for professionals, allowing them to visualize and coordinate every aspect of an architectural project in a very accurate way.
In this article, we’ll unveil all you need to know about these two programs in order to give you a clear panorama of what each is able to do.
SketchUp 2019 is the latest version of the software. Here are the recommended specs you need to run it smoothly:
Revit 2019 needs more powerful hardware to perform well:
SketchUp has a variety of products to choose from, offering different plans and pricing according to your use case:
In addition to all these products, they also offer educational licenses for academic institutions, and these are completely free.
Revit offers solutions for architectural design, structural engineering, and mechanical electrical plumbing (MEP) engineering:
The subscription plan of any of these Revit versions costs $2,310 yearly or $6,235 for a 3-year license.
Revit also has free trials for 30 days to test the software and free educational licenses that you can download by registering an account on the Autodesk website.
In this category, SketchUp has a clear advantage against Revit, because it’s not only used for architectural design, it’s also a very adaptable 3D modeling software. Here are some of the most common applications:
Revit, on the other hand, was specially made to simplify the processes of design in the architecture and construction industries. There’s not too much else to say. Revit is suitable for architecture or structural engineering and requires a good knowledge of these areas to use it properly.
Both SketchUp and Revit have a huge community behind them, providing support for users.
SketchUp has a very strong community formed by all kinds of users, focused on making the software even better. Here we find everything from the official SketchUp forums to the 3D Warehouse, where people all over the world can share and download 3D models. There are also popular 3rd-party websites like Sketchucation, where you can find tutorials, training, or plug-ins. You can even have contact with SketchUp professionals, hiring their services, or you can simply share your work with the world.
For Revit, there are Autodesk’s forums for Revit, where people discuss and share knowledge and resources about the software. There also exist plenty of external websites like Revit community or Revit city, where you can find news, articles, learning resources, or 3D content to use in your Revit projects.
SketchUp is an intuitive software in which you can model anything:
Revit, while not as intuitive, offers some very valuable tools for professionals:
Revit is not just a 3D modeling software, it’s a management tool for professionals allowing the coordination of multiple teams of people and tasks involved in a project. It’s very specialized software, requiring a deeper comprehension of what you’re doing and a lot of practice and knowledge to master it.
On the other hand, SketchUp is not a bad choice. It’s actually one of the most versatile 3D modeling programs available, used by beginners and professionals alike, not to mention the learning curve is much more gentle.
If you’re looking to move into the professional area of architectural design and construction, these are two great options to choose from. Both certainly will bring benefits to your workflow.
However, if you’re a beginner or an enthusiast looking to learn 3D modeling for multiple purposes, SketchUp is most likely the way to go.
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