Over the previous few weeks I’ve had a number of requests for a listing of
extensions and plugins I discover helpful for woodworking-related
drawings. I did one among these lists a very long time in the past however issues
have modified and it’s time for an replace.
Extensions and plugins are non-obligatory instruments you’ll be able to set up in
SketchUp so as to add performance or scale back the work it takes to do
some duties. You may consider them as the facility instruments for the
SketchUp store. A few of these instruments make it simpler to attract some
issues whereas others offer you extra instruments for modifying
what you’ve drawn. There are additionally instruments that will help you do issues
with the mannequin when you’ve received it drawn. Going additional right here,
I’m going to seek advice from all of them as extensions.
There are three primary methods to put in extensions into
1. Use Set up Extension from
Preferences>Extensions. Preferences are discovered beneath the
Window Menu on PC and beneath the SketchUp menu (to the left of
File) on the Mac. That is used once you obtain the file to
your laptop straight. The file has to have the extension .rbz
to be acknowledged be SketchUp for set up this manner.
2. The Extension Warehouse. (EW) This can be a
giant repository of extensions. It may be accessed by your
net browser by going to SketchUp.com however it’s higher to entry
it by SketchUp straight. Go to the Window menu and discover
Extension Warehouse. You may seek for extensions and
routinely set up them. The Extension Warehouse additionally has
instruments to shortly verify to see if there are updates obtainable
for extensions you will have already put in utilizing it. Be aware:
it is a giant assortment however it’s not complete.
three. The Sketchucation
ExtensionStore. (SCF) That is one other giant
library of extensions. As with the Extension Warehouse, you’ll be able to
entry it by your net browser or higher by utilizing the
ExtensionnStore Extension which is accessible right here. It additionally
installs extensions routinely and has instruments for managing
those you’ve put in. It’ll allow you to shortly verify for
updates and when it opens, essentially the most just lately added or up to date
extensions might be proven first. You too can handle which
extensions load when SketchUp begins and briefly load ones
you may want for sure jobs however don’t want on a regular basis.
The ExtensionStore extension additionally allows you to create bundles of
extensions. If you’re utilizing SketchUp on a number of computer systems,
you may need to set up the identical set of extensions on every.
You may create a bundle of extensions on one and cargo it on the
different. When it installs the bundle, it downloads and installs
the present model of the extensions obtainable within the
Though the Sketchucation software is now known as the
ExtensionStore, the hyperlinks to it from the Sketchucation Web site
present it because the “PluginStore”.
There are some things to find out about putting in extensions. If
you’re upgrading from an older model of SketchUp, don’t
copy the contents of the outdated Plugins folder to the brand new
set up. There are sometimes modifications to the Ruby API that make
outdated variations of extensions non-functional. Obtain recent
copies of extensions when you’re establishing a brand new model. I
understand it feels like a number of work nevertheless it’s much less work and fewer
frustration than chasing down issues created by putting in
the outdated copies.
Don’t be a pack rat. There are a whole bunch of extensions obtainable
for SketchUp however you most likely don’t want very lots of them. The
bigger your assortment of extensions, the longer it should take
SketchUp to load.
Now to the checklist.
This ought to be first as a result of it makes including most of the different
extensions so easy. Get it at Sketchucation (SCF).
TIG-Weld (SCF) This is likely one of the “go to”
extensions in my checklist. It joins a choice of linked edges
right into a single “curve” I exploit this one so ceaselessly, I arrange a
keyboard shortcut for it.
Bezier Spline (SCF) Helpful for drawing a large
number of non-circular arcs and curves. There’s a toolbar for
this one or you’ll be able to entry the instruments by way of the Draw menu.
Spherical Nook (SCF) This one makes fast work
of rounding over edges. It additionally attracts beveled edges. This one,
like lots of Fredo’s extensions relies upon upon having an
extra set of information known as LibFredo6 put in. It’s additionally
obtainable the Plugin Retailer.
set. This can be a nice set of instruments. I principally use the Dovetail
and Drill instruments however there’s additionally a software for creating mortise
and tenon joints. Whereas it isn’t free, it could actually repay in time
CutList (EW) This has been an indispensible
software for creating plans. It virtually immediately provides you
dimensions of the elements in your mannequin and helps you identify
how a lot wooden you’ll want to purchase. I additionally use it as a fast approach
to verify a mannequin to verify issues are drawn appropriately. I
at all times work on the highest precision I can set in SketchUp. In
fractional items that’s 1/64 in. I don’t deliberately draw
something with dimensions that present 64ths, although. I’ll run a
cutlist and look by the scale for 64ths or dimensions
preceded with a tilde ~ which signifies the dimension is
between 64ths. It’s straightforward to return to the mannequin and take a look at
the element for errors.
PurgeAll (SCF) is a helpful strategy to clear up
unused parts, supplies, layers, and many others. It’s a good suggestion to
run this on occasion to assist scale back file measurement.
These are the first extensions that I exploit ceaselessly.
There are some others that come in useful on occasion.
Right here’s a couple of of them.
Curviloft and Extrusion Instruments
each from SCF are helpful for creating complicated surfaces.
FredoScale and Joint
Push/Pull from SCF and Eneroth Upright Extruder (EW)
are nice for modifying shapes you’ve already drawn.
Curvemaker (EW) This can be a cool suite of instruments
for drawing spirals, helices and different curves. It was developed
by a gentleman who does fancy scroll work in iron for gates and
different ornamental items.
Stable Inspector2 and
CleanUp2 (EW) are wonderful instruments
for cleansing your fashions and serving to to kind out issues with
There are numerous different extensions on the market. When you’ve got time,
flick thru the EW and PluginStore to get an concept. Or, if
you discover a want for some software, do a search. Wait till you want
them earlier than you get them, although.