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    6 More SketchUp Extensions You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Having

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 30, 2016 10:30:00 AM

    SketchUp Extensions.jpg1. Mirror

    Mirror is a must-have for designers who aren’t looking to recreate objects from scratch but need to mirror groups of them within the same design. Users simply choose which object or objects they want to mirror, then select points within their design to reflect it upon.

    This extension takes the headache out of having to recreate shapes or objects, allowing for a faster workflow.

    Who should use this extension: CAD professionals of all industries.

    Get it here: Mirror

    2. Curviloft

    Curviloft makes mastering the art of designing objects with irregular shapes and sides simple. Rather than a dashboard of tools and commands, the extension is made up of three easy-to-use tools:

    • Spline, which smoothly joins separated contours together.
    • Loft Along Path, which joins contours together with a rail curve and is compatible with differing shapes.
    • Skinning, which creates surfaces out of multiple contours.

    Who should use this extension: CAD professionals in the engineering, construction and architecture fields.

    Get it here: Curviloft

    3. Joint Push Pull Interactive

    With Joint Push Pull, designers can now use the push pull command on curved surfaces. This is especially handy when users need to build objects either on or along a curved surface or more than one axis. It’s also useful if they need to thicken a surface. 

    The newest version comes with a total of six tools: joint, round, vector, normal, extrude and follow. This extension ultimately makes designing along any shaped surface a smoother process in SketchUp.

    Who should use this extension: CAD professionals of all industries.

    Get it here: Joint Push Pull

    4. Make Face

    This extension will go through your design and make faces out of existing lines where needed, ultimately saving users the time it would take to do it themselves. After generating the faces for each object, a report of how many faces created is provided.

    Make Face is especially useful for users who often create designs too intricate to create faces on manually.

    Who should use this extension: CAD professionals in the architecture, animation and engineering fields.

    Get it here: Make Face

    5. 2015 DIBAC for SketchUp

    For designers and architects who often create 2D designs first, the DIBAC extension will simultaneously create the 3D version. This cuts down on design and production time.

    The extension also includes features that may be particularly useful for architects and builders trying to envision the finished look of their design. By allowing designers to add windows, stairs and carpentry features, each design can be replicated as close to the real thing as possible.

    Who should use this extension: CAD professionals in the architecture, construction and engineering fields.

    Get it here: 2015 DIBAC for SketchUp

    6. V-Ray for SketchUp

    SketchUp users looking for a way to produce realistic rendering in their 3D models should look no further than V-Ray. This extension gives users the ability to perfect their models with batch rendering and animation tools. By using these tools, designers can display an easily understood, visually appealing image to audiences.

    The extension also includes a number of options to transform your design into a detailed image of your product, including:

    • Lighting and shading tools.
    • Texturing tools.
    • Improved color tools and more.

    Who should use this extension: CAD professionals of all industries.

    Get it here: V-Ray for SketchUp

    These are just a few of the hundreds of SketchUp extensions out there. Which ones do you use to improve your designs?

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity, SketchUp