How to generate gears in sketchup with circle, offset & rotate tools

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis provides some useful sketchup tips for generating gears with the use of circle, offset and rotate tools inside sketchup. You don’t have to use any sketchup extension for this purpose.

Some useful tips :-

While going to produce geometry like this, initially you have to focus on the number of segments in your circles. SketchUp does not have the ability to draw “pure” curves. As an alternative, the curves are developed with a set of individual segments, which are arranged by providing a number with the circle tool turned on. The number of teeth in your gear can be modified by fixing the number of segments in your circle.

As for instance, let’s draw 2 circles maintaining the similar radius, one with 24 sides, and one with 36 sides.

If the offset tool is applied to generate a slightly larger circle and draw in some teeth, it is possible to employ the rotate tool to copy the teeth around the radius. Here, the circle having more segments contain more teeth.

As soon as the circle is drawn, draw a slightly larger circle by applying offset tool. After that, draw lines to the equivalent segment points to start a tooth. The scale tool can be applied to curtail this line (hold the control key for constant scaling). It is the perfect time to choose your circle, right click and choose make center. This will arrange a control point at the center of your circle that should be applied to copy your tooth in rotate mode.

As soon as you’ve detailed out one tool, the rotate tool can be used in copy mode to produce the rest of your teeth. You may require to get into and remove some left over geometry.

Now, go in and detail out the remaining gear. While accomplishing this, it’s vital to recognize the math of how you’re parting your gear up.

If it is required to draw 6 holes in your gear, just split the number of degrees in a circle (360) with the number of holes required by you for creation. After that, it is possible to draw your hole as per your choice, then generate copies along the number of degrees you worked out.

After completing this, just remove your leftover geometry and with the use of the push/pull tool extrude your gear into 3d.

How to generate gears in sketchup with circle, offset & rotate tools

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Buy 2DXY SiteSurvey tools for sketchup

Barry Milliken is the developer of 2DXY Site Survey Tools. This exclusive sketchup plugin can be used to draw site surveys efficiently.

2DXY SiteSurvey is specifically designed for comparatively small (under 50 acres) building parcels or subdivisions. For large scale geographic mapping, state plane coordinate systems are required.

It can also be used for generating plot plans for building permit requirements.

The plugin is compatible with Sketchup Make and Pro 2016 and 2017 versions.

The plugin offers the following exclusive features :-

Draw the boundaries of any site and label them precisely.
Draw one or various land parcels out of a surveyor’s field notes or survey drawing.
Design several parcels in a subdivision.
Transform an imported CAD file into a survey drawing that is perfectly annotated. (SketchUp PRO only)
Draw Surveys keeping dimension in meters or feet.
Provide support to Quadrant Bearings and Azimuth Bearings

The plugin can be purchased for $25.00 from extension warehouse

Go through the following video for an online demonstration.


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The newest Helix tool can easily transform your sketchup model to Revit

This sketchup video tutorial is based on Helix, the newest sketchup to revit tool that can easily transform any sketchup model to revit geometry devoid of apply Dynamo.

Helix is developed by EvolveLAB. With Helix, the users will be able to export sketchup design models and consequently import the model into Revit. This tool applies an easy and intuitive mapping system to be utilized for each model.

Just map your sketchup file with the helix interface and change the sketchup materials & components to authentic revit geometry along with walls, doors, windows, roofs and curtainwalls.

For more information, click on the following link


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How to apply domelight and HDRI in vray 3.4 sketchup to set sky

This sketchup v-ray tutorial is based on the process to set sky with domelight and HDRI in vray 3.4 sketchup.

Dome Light produces simple, artifact-free image-based lighting with significance sampling of HDR images. This method makes light tracing and global illumination process accurate.

The VRay Dome Light belongs to a V-Ray specific light source plug-in that is applied to generate image base lighting setup.

It is available in v-ray toolbar as dome light icon. Just click on it and then click any place in the scene to arrange the dome light.

HDRI means High Dynamic Range Imaging. It is a method that creates a bigger span or range of luminance amid the light and dark areas of an image.

In V-Ray for SketchUp, the HDRI can be applied both as a background and an IBL (Image Based Lighting). If HDRI is applied as background, just load it in the Environment Rollout/Background. If it is required to use it as an IBL, then just load this HDRI in the GI (Skylight). It will transform to a light source then to illuminate the scene.

How to apply domelight and HDRI in vray 3.4 sketchup to set sky

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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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Yulio just launched a new plugin for sketchup to experience improved virtual reality

Yulio Technologies just launched their newly developed plugin for SketchUp software. The plugin will enhance the ability of existing SketchUp users to virual reality experiences (VREs) that provide more realistic details and can immerse viewing audiences in a superior manner.

The users will be able to produce VREs from SketchUp renders as well as distribute the existing portfolio with clients, on their website and on social media. The plugin is specifically designed for architecture, interior design & real estate.

The plugin will facilitate each designer to obtain the scope to efficiently transform their work from 2D renders in CAD to files that are VR compatible and prepared for viewing via a quicker and better-integral platform. Yulio’s plugin will perform the majority of SketchUp’s design lifting to recover URLs to the user, facilitating the designers to allocate their VR experiences and creations in quickest possible time.

The plugin will allow the designers to keep in touch with their clients through enhanced VR technology.

These plugins function to make the virtual reality experience in A&D better, and provide customers the scope to completely experience designs. While in evolving phase, company plans to obtain speed and provide a perfect sense of realism.

To avail the plugin, go through the following link


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Learn to create clear glass, frosted glass & mirror with v-ray for sketchup

In this sketchup vray tutorial, one can learn how to use v-ray for sketchup to create clear glass, frosted glass and mirror.

To make this tutorial, v-ray material editor plays an important role. Material editor is extracted from the icon located below VRay for SketchUp tool box or from Material Editor located at Plugins V-Ray tab.

V-Ray for SketchUp ‘s Material Editor contains three parts:

A. Material Workplace – It demonstrates all the selected materials. Right click to add, import, export, rename, pack, remove, and choose the objects maintaining present materials like allotting existing materials to the selected objects, removing materials which are unused in the scene, and inserting layers with reflections, refractions to the materials.

B. Material Preview – The Update Preview button facilitates the users to preview the revised materials.

C. Options for material control – The options adjust with the added scene materials in section A.

Learn to create clear glass, frosted glass & mirror with v-ray for sketchup

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Download AB3D Plugin for SketchUp

AB3DLabs has developed AB3D plugin for sketchup. This plugin can transform any two or more 2D drawings, demonstrating various views of a 3D model, into an accurate 3D model with the help of special attributes that it contains devoid of missing dimensions or either the 2D drawings match/fit one another. The plugin can easily & rapidly convert any unclear design concepts into professional 3D models.

This feature provides great advantages toward both the 3D modeling and 3D printing industries, whether for individual users or professional firms or companies.

AB3DPlugin for SketchUp contains a very user-friendly interface that facilitates the designer to imagine in 2D and integrate his 2D projections into a 3D new model, thus extending the scopes for imagination and creativity in design.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp2015, 2016 and 2017 versions.

To download the latest version, click on the following link AB3D Plugin for SketchUp

Download AB3D Plugin for SketchUp

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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

Flux – The newest sketchup extension

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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

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

 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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