SketchUp makes 3D drawing a cinch for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals. With a range of easy and intuitive controls, SketchUp offers AEC professionals a way to transform 2D sketches into detailed 3D models. The best way to optimize this essential software is with a BOXX SketchUp workstation.

The acclaimed SketchUp has gained widespread use in architecture, engineering, and construction projects. With a number of other applications (cinematic and video game modeling), SketchUp markets itself as offering all the functionality AEC professionals need, while sacrificing none of the usability required to make designing a painless process. Primary workflows include surface creation and manipulation, as well as 3D object rendering, as the software hosts a library of prefab items you can place in your own models. However, even with simple controls, you still must consider the best workstation for SketchUp, i.e., which configurations will enable peak performance.

Local Rendering

When AEC professionals need to render 3D models in SketchUp, they have a list of add-ons and extensions from which to choose. These options include V-Ray and Octane Render, but each rendering plugin may require different specs, as V-Ray can take advantage of CPUs or GPUs, while Octane only uses GPUs. You can solve this dilemma by choosing a BOXX SketchUp rendering solution. For CPU rendering, configurations are available with up to 56 cores while local GPU rendering solutions can accommodate up to four GPUs in a single workstation tower.

Design & Modeling

In just a few short steps, SketchUp allows AEC users to transform a single line into a box with custom depth. With functions like push and pull, line weight adjusting, and dimension altering, SketchUp offers users precise tools for detailed design and modeling of any project, whether grand cityscapes or small, intricate assemblies.

Selecting your SketchUp workstation is critical because supporting these workflows should be as easy and functional as possible. The first thing you should know is that SketchUp is a frequency-bound application (the dominant variable in determining performance). The number of CPU cores in your workstation is less important than the frequency of the single core that SketchUp uses.

To address this need, BOXX professionally overclocks our SketchUp workstations (like the 5.1GHz APEXX S3) to deliver increased frequency which maximizes application performance.

On the Go

AEC professionals are naturally on-the-go. Whether you’re onsite, enroute to make a presentation to stakeholders, or working away from a desk, you need a mobile SketchUp laptop configured with full performance and support you expect from the best PC for SketchUp. Not every mobile option can utilize large data sets and SketchUp applications like our GoBOXX mobile workstations. For example, GoBOXX MXL, featuring an Intel® Core™ i7 (3.7GHz), 64GB of RAM, and professional NVIDIA graphics, is a true SketchUp desktop replacement.

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