SketchUp Extensions

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ApplyTo Extension: Easy Component Swapping

This post made me a little nuts. I wrote it up not realizing at first that this feature wasn’t part of SketchUp’s native tools. I was clued in when I tried to repeat the steps on another computer. Then it took me a while to figure out which extension was being used. It must be that I […]

Twilight Render Hobby: Free SketchUp Rendering

Hey, did you know that this our 100th post? Anyway….. I’m not an rendering expert. I like to just click a button and go. Without getting too much into material mapping, shadows, defining lights, etc. For many of the renderings on this blog, I used to use Visualizer – it was fast and easy. But that […]

Image Trimmer Extension: Part 2 – Face Camera

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how to use the Image Trimmer extension to make a stand-up component from a PNG image. Here’s where I left off: a face surrounded by hidden edges (over 4800 of them!)   Component Location So we have a couple of issues. First, the man’s feet should be […]

Image Trimmer Extension: Part 1 - Trimming

I had never heard of the Image Trimmer extension until I read something about it on Facebook. So I tried it out and wrote a couple of posts about it. Why trim? I’ve done a lot of projects that involve tracing and trimming, in particular for 3D printing. As an example, here’s a picture of a penguin: Using […]

Hiding Edges: Part 2 - Selection Tools Extension

In Part 1 of this series, I showed a view of a model that had an overload of edges on display, distracting from an otherwise compelling view.   In Part 1 I showed how to get rid of obvious edges, like those along the curved walls, using the Eraser tool plus the Shift (or Ctrl / […]

3d printing boat maid mist

Here’s what I’ve written about so far in this series: In Part 1 – a 3D printed bear, and in Part 2, a few 3D printed cactus trees. This post will detail the most complicated of the objects I printed for this project: a customized boat. Maid of the Mist My son, whose state you’ll […]

3D Printing Cactus

In Part 1 of this series, I showed how I modified a Thingiverse model of a bear, to print out for my son’s diorama state project for school. Now it’s my daughter’s turn. Her state was Arizona, and she wanted to include some sort of Arizona tree or plant. And what says “Arizona” more than a saguaro cactus? […]

3D Printing Benji Bear 09

In the school where my twins go, each third grader is assigned a US state. After spending a few months learning about their state, the students write a report, give a little speech, and present a diorama. If you don’t know what a diorama is, picture a shoebox filled with cute, stand-up, informative things: If you’re a […]

Tools on Surface Extension

I love extensions. And Tools On Surface might be my favorite (along with Soap Skin & Bubble which I’ve mentioned before and will mention again). This is one of SketchUcation’s extensions. See our post on how to get SketchUcation’s ExtensionStore. Why Tools on Surface? We all know SketchUp’s native drawing tools: Line, Rectangle, Circle, 2 […]