SketchUp Extensions

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Soap Skin Table: Part 3 - Curviloft

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series showed how to use the Soap Skin extension to create curved faces within a set of arcs and lines. The curved faces make up the base of this table: In this post, I’ll show another extension that can be used for the same thing (and maybe does […]

Soap Skin Table: Part 2 - Complete Faces

Here’s where I left off after Part 1 of this series – four border edges of the curved face I want to create. I have two arcs on the sides, and two horizontal edge at the top and bottom.   Now for the magic of Soap Skin. First I select all four borders. Then I […]

Soap Skin Table: Part 1 - Border Setup

I recently helped an interior design client design a lovely room, with this nice sitting corner:   Note the table between the two swivel chairs – it’s a round lamp table by Hickory White. Here’s a close-up:   A round table with all circular or straight edges would be pretty easy to model in SketchUp. […]

PathCopy: Studded Window Valance

I recently helped a training client who wanted to model a window valance like this one: Notice the cool metal studs placed evenly around the border. So I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to demonstrate the PathCopy extension. Actually two extensions are needed here, both by Smustard, both available in the Extension Warehouse: […]

Openwork Vase: Part 3 - FredoScale

Here’s the last post in this three-part series. In Part 1 I set up the objects for Shape Bender, and in Part 2 I bent the trellis along a curve. In this post, I’ll use FredoScale to get half of the vase, then copy and assemble to complete. FredoScale is a SketchUcation extension. See my […]

Openwork Vase: Part 1 - Setup

I wasn’t sure what to title this series, but this is what I created in SketchUp:   So “openwork vase” makes sense to me. I first saw this technique used in a cool video by Justin Geis of The SketchUp Essentials. Check out his website and YouTube channel, tons of great stuff! Here’s the video […]

SketchUp Teeth!

A couple of years ago, when one of my kids was 8, he had a terrible playground accident. Two of his front teeth were knocked out (by a metal bar, not by another kid). As in, the teeth were completely out of his head – roots and all. Since then he’s had a couple of […]

New Book: Modeling with SketchUp for Entertainment Design

 If you get 3DVinci’s email newsletters, you already heard about this a few days ago. After 5 long years of on-and-off and back-and-forth, I have an exciting new book to announce!   Click the link above for book details, and to see lots of pretty pictures from some of the pages 🙂 Here’s the story: […]

Soap Skin Pillow: Part 2 - Soap Skin Bubble

In Part 1 of this series, we started our pillow model by importing an image and trimming a square to get the pillow shape. Here’s where we ended up:   Now we’ll use the amazing Soap Skin & Bubble Extension to give the pillow its puffy shape. You can get this free extension in the […]