s4u to Components – The newest sketchup plugin

s4u to Components is a useful sketchup plugin. It supports sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017. It is paid plugin.

This is sketchup plugin is mostly suitable for the landscape and hardscape design industries.

It is useful for transforming objects to components. It offers the following features

Draw Lines To Components :
It is possible to draw line and change to components with draw line component attribute.
Choose 1 Face or 1 Component for drawing purpose.
Press Tab or Ctrl to switch insert point
Press Up, Down, Left, Right for mirror x,y axis

 Lines To Components:
Change Lines to components with lines to components attribute.
Choose 1 Face (or 1 component or no select for get default component) and Lines to transform

Faces To Components:
Transform Faces to components with Faces to Components attribute.
Choose 1 Component (no select for get default component) and Faces to convert

 Group To Components:
Transform Groups to components with Groups to Components attribute.
Choose1 Component(no select for get default component) and Groups to convert

FaceCurve to Components:
Choose Faces and 1 Components

s4u to Components – The newest sketchup plugin

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Flux – The newest sketchup extension

Flux is a useful sketchup extension. It facilitates the sketchup users to collaborate with others as well as relates sketchup with other most recognized design tools ranging from Revit, AutoCAD, Dynamo, Excel, Google Sheets, 3ds Max, Grasshopper through cloud.

Flux generates agile workflows from concept to production and thus save significant time for the users.

It is compatible with sketchup make or pro 64-bit, 2015, 2016 or 2017 for Windows.

Given below, different types of applications of the plugin :-

Obtain geometry directly from Revit (with the Flux plugin for Revit)
Deliver quantity take-offs out of your SketchUp model to Excel or Google Sheets.

 Leverage third-party Flux applications to draw perfect topography, road, and building data into your SketchUp scene.
Hand over your massing and site context to a facade designer who works in Grasshopper or Dynamo.
Live link the interior and landscape designs with Revit straight.
Visualize any SketchUp model in virtual reality via live link incorporation with Unity.

Combine structural, MEP, and architectural SketchUp models into a central model for conflict resolution.
Some exclusive features of the plugin are link your design tools, speed up design recurrences, collaborate across disciplines, leverage computer in the cloud, view and allocate geometry online et.

For more information, visit https://flux.io

Flux – The newest sketchup extension

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http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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Brief demonstration of all the plugins included in Fredo Tools

Fredo Tools combine different types of plugins. Given below the lists of these plugins :-

Revert Curve
Curvi Shear
Report Label Area
Construct Face Normal
Mark Vertices
Count Faces By Sides
Remove Lonely Vertices
Thru Paint
Reverse Orient Faces

 Edge Inspector
Move Along
Draw Along
Angle Inspector
Element Stats
Auto Reverse Faces
Convexify
Convexify

In this sketchup video tutorial, one can learn the process for applying Fredo tools along with all the plugins included within it.

To run Fredo tools, you have to install LibFredo6 7.5b or higher version.

To download the latest version, click on the following link sketchucation.com

 The above plugins will not be visible in the toolbar rather they can be accessed from the menu.

Watch the demonstration of each plugin.

Brief demonstration of all the plugins included in Fredo Tools

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The move rotate tool for sketchup

The move rotate tool is a powerful sketchup extension developed by Idibri. This extension is compatible with sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017. The sketchup users can apply this extension to move and rotate components and groups in actual time with text input. The users can convert their components and groups with live updating.

Application:

  1. Choose a component.
    2. Touch the menu button.
    3. Type in a position or rotation in the X,Y,Z axes.
    4. Watch it live update while typing.
    5. Select ok or cancel

Notes:

  • Position in meters or inches will be dependent on the settings of model
    • Axis rotation in degrees
    • Identified issue with modals in osx

To download this extension, click on the following link The Move Rotate Tool

The move rotate tool for sketchup

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Arka Roy
http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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FitParts – A powerful sketchup extension to generate cut list

Slavne has developed FitParts for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with sketchup 2016 and Sketchup 2017. It is an exclusive cut list generator that can be used to create cutting layout. It can produce guillotine-style cut maps on the basis of panel dimensions you possess. It can automatically pull out dimensions out of components and groups, which are chosen presently, in sketchup model.

FitParts will be mostly suitable for woodworking, metal working, glass industry, plastic modeling.

You can adjust the length and width of sheet goods you have beforehand. FitParts extension will utilize the equivalent sheet goods and it sets how many of those it requires for procuring the essential parts. Then it will visually demonstrate in Sketchup each panel along with cut lines, dimensions and serial numbers of parts. The full report is acquired with legend describing each part serial number.

Methods step-by-step

  1. Draw the model in Sketchup. Create groups and/or component instances for each desirable part to come into the cut list. Note: please apply normal method in sketchup at the time of drawing your model and do not give up un-grouped elements (faces, lines, etc) in the model as the FitParts drawing could mingle with your prevailing cluttered ungrouped elements. Besides, don’t place them in x0y positive quadrant where your plans will be sketched.
  2. Opt for the groups and components to be used for cut list. FitParts Pro contains the significant validation option to provide you an idea on what has been chosen in an improper way and what should be rectified if required.
  3. Extensions / FitParts / MakeCutlist will display you the dialog where appropriate panel size is listed. Click the Cut button to produce the plans for cutting.

In order to download the plugin, click on the following link. FitParts

FitParts – A powerful sketchup extension to generate cut list

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Arka Roy
http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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How to use Artisan Organic Toolset in Sketchup

Justin Geis has presented another exclusive sketchup tutorial that is based on Artisan Organic Toolset. This sketchup extension is develop by Dale Martens Aka Whaat and it costs $39. The users can avail a 15-days free trial version by clicking this link artisan4sketchup.com

This sketchup extension can be used for generating organic models in sketchup. Use it for sculpting to terrain modeling in sketchup. With it the designers can also create models for furniture, characters, abstract sculptures, fabric/curtains/pillows, rocks/tree trunks/plants etc.

It contains different types of powerful organic modeling tools like subdivision surfaces, sculpt tools, vertex transformation tools, mesh optimization (polygon reduction) etc.

To get a live demo, go through the following video.

How to use Artisan Organic Toolset in Sketchup

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Transform your sketchup skills to the next level with sketchup extension warehouse

Extension Warehouse of SketchUp is a great source for all 3D Modeling Professionals as they can enhance their 3d modeling skills by looking for proper plugins to fulfill their requirements.

Extensions refer to an additional features and functionality that can be easily included with a sketchup program. The extensions perform like a third-party scripts to provide definite functions automatically. If any plugin is helpful and trendy, the owners of a program prefer to purchase the extension and integrate it into upcoming releases of the program.

SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse is launched in 2013. It is an online repository of extensions and plugins. To use the Extension Warehouse, open SketchUp and select Window > Extension Warehouse and explore through Extension Warehouse within SketchUp. Just sign into your Google account and start looking for a particular extension as well as different categories. After that select install and pursue the instructions.

The extension warehouse facilitates the users to search for a productivity boosting function or an advanced rendering application. Besides, the extension warehouse is a great source for handling an extension library. If any user wants to instantly update, transfer, or re-install all their extensions, just log-in to Extension Warehouse within SketchUp and avail some exclusive features through “My Extensions” page.

All the extensions belong to different types of sectors that range from architecture, engineering, gaming, kitchen & bathroom installations, woodworking, heavy civil, interior design, landscaping, urban planning, construction industries, film & stage and education.

There are wide array of categories like rendering, reporting, drawing, text and labeling, 3d printing, scheduling, import & export, developer tools, productivity, animation and energy analysis.

It is expected that till date, more than 1 million extensions are downloaded from Extension Warehouse as well as more than 50 developers have contributed near about 245 extensions.

Each and every day, several developers present new extensions and upgrades. These extensions transform Sketchup as an inevitable tool for 3D modelers and designers and add diversified features to Sketchup.

Extension Warehouse is also considered as the useful place for creating and allocating various open source projects that range from SketchUp STL extensionShapes,WikiHouse and Developer Tools.

With the arrival of sketchup 2014 (it includes a new extension warehouse), it becomes easier to pursue and set up these extensions while applying either SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Make.

While setting up extensions from Extension Warehouse, the users can log-in to the extension warehous from SketchUp 2014 and “Install All” under “My Extensions.” It will put in all the available extensions which are well-matched with SketchUp 2014.

As the Ruby environment is upgraded to version 2.0 in sketchup 2014, the users have to follow a new way for dealing with the extensions. Besides, the users will not be able to access all the possible plugins in the extension warehouse as well as paid plugins.

Some users have to get through their old plugin list individually, look for that plugin in the Extension Warehouse, set up the plugin, and move ahead next. As soon as the plugins are managed through the Extension Warehouse, it becomes considerably easier to re-install these extensions once the new versions of SketchUp will be available in the future, or if you have a new computer and installation of a fresh copy of SketchUp 2014 is necessary. If the user set up plugins from the Extension Warehouse in SketchUp 2013 and now it is necessary to set up the same plugin in SketchUp 2014, there exists an Install All button in the Extension Warehouse to set up any SketchUp 2013 plugins into SketchUp 2014 instanly. It is applicable, if those plugins are updated to support 2014.

How to set up extensions

Automatic process

If you possess Sketchup 2013 or latest version, you can access to the extension warehouse by going Window > Extension Warehouse. Once you click it, the following window will be visible.

Transform your sketchup skills to the next level with sketchup extension warehouse

After getting the Extension Warehouse window open, you have to sign in to your account. The ‘Sign in’ button is available in top right. Without sign in, you can’t download or set up the extensions this way.

Search through your favorite sketchup extension and after getting one, hit the download button with red color available in the upper right corner.

Transform your sketchup skills to the next level with sketchup extension warehouse

You have to pass by some pop-up menus. Just pursue them to set up your extension.

Manual Process

Find an extension on the web. Ensure that your .rbz file is saved in a suitable and proper location to get if effortlessly. It is recommended to place it in a Sketchup/Tools folder. In older versions, it may be in the Sketchup/Plugin folder.

  • Visit Window>Preferences
  • Ensure that Extensions are selected on the left side
  • Press Install Extension at the bottom left
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