SketchUp licensing

SketchUp software offers free web-based 3D modelling applications to NZ schools and kura.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Principals and tumuaki
  • Teachers and kaiako
  • School ICT specialist
  • Boards
  • Administrators
  • External ICT providers

SketchUp is a useful teaching and learning tool used to create 3D models, that teachers can use in a range of year levels and subject areas. Note from 1 July 2022 Trimble (the supplier) has stopped providing free grant licenses for the SketchUp Pro desktop version.

What software is available

SketchUp is software which can be used to create 3D models and is used by teachers in a range of year levels and subject areas including computer technology, maths, geography and science. The software is used widely in a range of commercial settings.

SketchUp products website(external link)

SketchUp for schools(external link) (free web-based 3D modeling app) available to schools, through Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) and Microsoft for Education platforms.

SketchUp free(external link) (free web app) alternative for schools not using Google and Microsoft.

SketchUp studio(external link) (desktop version, schools can buy).

Platforms covered

SketchUp for schools is a web-based application available through Google Workspace and Microsoft for Education.

SketchUp studio is available for the Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

How to get SketchUp 

Schools are advised to use the free web apps mentioned or email Cyclone Computers to get more information, or a quote for SketchUp Studio software.

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