3D design and augmented reality as a Trimble launcher app for HoloLens

Software company Trimble has just released SketchUp Viewer for HoloLens, an app that lets users view sketches in mixed reality. This follows news that Microsoft has released the preview edition of Paint 3D for its Window Insiders. Trimble’s software really shines a light on the possibilities of the future HoloLens which is available for pre-order now with delivery scheduled for the end of the month.

SketchUp viewer in action. GIF via Microsoft.

Microsoft has created a promotional video for the SketchUp app that showcases the incredible possibilities offered by technology. Check out the video, uploaded two weeks ago, below. SketchUp Viewer allows users to interact with their designs in mixed reality, whether architectural, engineering or construction. Additionally, the software allows multiple users to engage in the designs simultaneously. Therefore, physical 3D models will not be required to share structural 3D designs. It is hoped that this will lead to easier collaboration across geographic distances and potentially even more innovative designs.

Lorraine Bardeen, general manager of Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences, explained her enthusiasm for the project:

We are thrilled to work with Trimble to bring new innovation to SketchUp, one of the most widely used applications in the architecture, engineering, construction and operations industry. SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens can dramatically improve collaboration, decision-making, efficiency, quality, and security by providing users with the unique ability to integrate digital content into the real world, in real time, within the framework of their current workflow.


As Chris Keating, general manager of SketchUp at Trimble, said:

With SketchUp Viewer, we’re taking another big step toward the ultimate experience for designers and their clients – the experience of inhabiting their own work.

SketchUp Viewer is available now and requires SketchUp Desktop, a separate PC application. Applying SketchUp for HoloLens is also, of course, dependent on using a HoloLens device. Unfortunately, we don’t have a HoloLens to test here at 3DPI yet, so Microsoft if you’re reading this…

For more information and to download the software, go here. As the end of the year approaches, many companies are releasing 2017-ready software, as we saw earlier today with PTC releasing its latest edition of Creo 4.0.

The featured image shows several people engaging in mixed reality design. Image via SketchUp.