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Place Shapes Toolbar Extension for SketchUp

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This extension adds a toolbar (and some menu items) that lets you easily place several common 3D shapes (geometric primitives).

Unwrap and Flatten Faces Extension/Plugin Updated

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I just updated my “Flatten Faces” SketchUp extension to include an unwrapping algorithm. This not only allows you to lay arbitrarily oriented faces flat on the ground but also to unwrap (or unfold) them first. Check out the video in this post to see how it works. As always, you can get or update this […]

Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2015!

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As every year, let’s celebrate the season with a bit of digital “bling”! This time, it’s just a simple SketchUp model of a fractal tree that I enhanced a bit in Sketchfab’s editor. Yes, it is WebGL and you are allowed to play with it. Have fun! To you and your loved ones a peaceful […]

Amazing SketchUp Timber Frame Modeling

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I just came across this amazing 3D model of a round barn by Mike Beganyi, a timber framer and SketchUp modeler from Vermont. I know, it’s two years old, but check it out – and do it full-screen! It is such a great example of beautiful timberframing, excellent SketchUp modeling, and the use of my Sketchfab […]

SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2014 Recap

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Now that the semester is winding down, I can finally look back and post about the great SketchUp 3D Basecamp conference that happened 4/14-4/16 this year in Vail, Colorado. As in years past, this was a meeting of SketchUp users, plugin authors, technology vendors, and, of course, all the makers of SketchUp. What was especially […]

I just updated all my SketchUp plugins!

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While my SketchUp plugins were all working fine with the newly released SketchUp 2014, some things still irked me and so I set out to update them. As you can see above, they now also sport some neater icons. If you are interested in what has changed for a specific plugin, check out the appropriate […]

What’s New in SketchUp 2014? Better Ruby, for Example!

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By now you most probably have heard that SketchUp 2014 has been released. There are quite a few great new-feature overviews and reviews out there and I’ll suggest you look at the ones linked at the end of this post to get up to speed. For now, I just wanted to show you why the […]

New SketchUp Plugin: Flatten Faces

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Have you ever modeled something in SketchUp only to find you had an arbitrarily oriented face where you would have killed to have it laid flat on the ground? I was there (and so were my students), so I re-used some code I had and packaged it as a plugin. You can read about it and […]

Unwrap and Flatten Faces Plugin

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This plugin allows the user to lay arbitrarily-oriented faces flat on the ground. This helps in producing cutouts, as CNC-prep etc. Use on any single face or multiple, coplanar faces. Works well in combination with an unfold tool to flatten shapes.

Perfecting the SketchUp to LayOut workflow just got easier

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Arguably the most important feature in the Pro version of SketchUp has been the included documentation software, LayOut. While SketchUp itself is great for modeling and “inline” documentation (dimensions and floating leader text), once you need to properly document your work on a sheet of paper with a textblock around it, you are hitting a […]