7 SketchUp Extensions That Will Accelerate Your Productivity

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jun 7, 2017 11:05:00 AM

    sketchup-1.pngWhile designing in CAD takes time, there are plenty of ways to get ahead and do more faster.

    SketchUp offers an expansive Extension Warehouse with downloadable add-ons to do just that.

    But with so many to choose from, how do you know which extensions make a real difference? Don’t fear: below, we’ve highlighted seven extensions that are battle-tested productivity boosters.


    GLASER STX is a SketchUp extension that helps users distinguish between visible and hidden lines, and also create sections with individualized depth in their designs. This makes filtering views faster and easier, while increasing accuracy. 

    Compatibility: SketchUp 2016, 2017

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    2. AutoSmooth

    The AutoSmooth extension works to automatically smooth and soften any autofolded edges in SketchUp made with the Rotate, Scale and Move tools. This eliminates the need for users to go through and manually click through each face of their object. Instead, SketchUp users click a single button to refine the folded edges of their models, which cuts down on production time and helps create more visually appealing designs. 

    Compatibility: SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013-17

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    3. Eneroth Material Extractor

    The Eneroth Material Extractor extension saves time and energy by copying all materials in one model and saving them in a new SketchUp file to be placed into a master or sub model. This eliminates the need for users to manually copy elements of a design over to another file.

    Compatibility: SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013-17

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    4. Estimator for SketchUp

    Estimator for SketchUp is an extension that can help users accurately estimate the cost of a project from start to finish or for certain elements of a project. Users simply assign costs by layer, material or component, and save this information for all future projects. This better tracks costs and helps pros better estimate their budgets. 

    Compatibility: SketchUp 2015-17

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    5. Skatter

    The Skatter extension allows mass rendering of up to thousands of objects in SketchUp without overloading the software. Skatter includes a “render only” command, which allows it to render models without stalling the SketchUp software. Users are left with detailed, visually appealing models and objects.

    Compatibility: SketchUp 2014-17

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    6. Snap Connector Tool

    The Snap Connector Tool is a SketchUp plug-in that allows users to insert snap connection points in their models and then snap the pieces together with a click. With the ability to select which points connect to each other, users can quickly and accurately place and connect pieces of their project.

    Compatibility: SketchUp 2014-17

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    7. Solid Inspector

    The Solid Inspector plug-in helps designers and engineers determine if their models or objects are completely solid. Solid Inspector points out any errors within a design that will cause a malfunction or problems later on. This ultimately helps users correct these errors before getting too far into the design process.

    Compatibility: SketchUp 6-8, SketchUp 2013-17

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    The Key to Better and Faster Designs

    To improve your productivity and performance in SketchUp, designers should consider the one-time investment of the SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit. The SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit is a bundle of CAD hardware and software that makes designing in CAD and any software—including SketchUp—easier, faster and more comfortable.SpaceMouse_Pro_iso-right_transparent_small.jpg

    Included in the kit are the SpaceMouse Enterprise and CadMouse. With one hand, designers use the SpaceMouse Enterprise to accurately position their models and access commands while they simultaneously create with the CadMouse. Also included in the kit is the CadMouse Pad, a twin-port USB hub and the 3DxWare 10 software.

    Quite simply, it’s the best way to design with maximum performance in CAD.

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    Tags: Productivity, SketchUp