To all those who would like to lay their designs out in 3D before they
build you have a new free alternative. Google bought Sketchup last
year and of course has made a free version available at
It's really easy to build models with this and it costs you nothing to
use. There is an online model community at
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ which already has a lot of
I've been doing solid modeling for over ten years and have to say this
is really cool and easy to use.