The models in my previous post, Booth Design, as well as the full 2008 NFDA Convention layout that I will be uploading tomorrow, were designed in Google Sketchup.

Sketchup is a free tool that allows the user to create 3D schematics and models of objects, buildings and more with just a keyboard and a mouse.

The software is incredibly versatile but is also very simple to understand.

Kids from England “building” their real houses in Sketchup.

Tomorrow, I’ll be adding the model for the 2008 NFDA Convention to the 3D warehouse hosted by Google.  If you download Sketchup, you’ll be able to open the file and spin through 360-degree views of the current convention layout.  I’ve added a raised platform and folding chairs for the general session area and marked off all the booths that have been planned.

That means Batesville’s booth space is already blocked out, along with the space for Doric Products, Eternal Image and more.

I’ll have more details tomorrow, but if you want to get a headstart, download Sketchup here – Just make sure you get the free version.  The PRO version has a lot more features, but isn’t much different in the way it works.