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Sketchup Tips For Enhancing The 3D Modeling Process And Save Time &
Money For Project Stakeholder.
In order to use sketchup in your project efficiently you have to make 3D modeling process swift
and precise with the following tips and tricks.
You have to apply shortcut method for enhancing the speed for modeling process. For this
purpose you have to map all the toolbars, menus and plugins to shortcuts for managing & saving
time for modeling process.
All the shortcuts can be exported or imported through the preference dialog and re-mapped as
per your requirements.
Some example of shortcuts:-
• a – unhide all
• l – unhide last
• h – hide/show rest of model
• j – hide/show similar components
• m – monochrome mode
• n – (normal) shaded with textures mode
• x – xray mode
• g – make group
• – position texture (mapping) (next to enter key for speed)
Customize Your Components
You can customize sketchup components at the time of inserting an object from components list
as per your choice. Separate your selected object by shifting it from other components and
click Edit / Component / Explode. This will instantly turn the object to be broken into several
pieces. After making necessary modification as per your requirements highlight all the broken
pieces of the object and select either Edit / Make Group or Edit / Make Component to reconstruct
Application of Script
Always try to apply scripts in your projects. This will speed up your 3D modeling process.
SketchUp executes command scripts free for you and you can automate tasks like adding labels
to figures, assigning materials to surfaces, and drawing geometric shapes like parabolas and
ellipses by using these scripts.
You can also use a programming language called “Ruby” to write plugins(scripts) for sketchup.
You can simplify multi step operations and develop the 3D modeling process by downloading and
You can find scirpt in the following places :-
• Ruby Library Depot
Always try to apply guides for making the 3D modeling process smooth. Use tape measure tool to
put in parallel ones and Protractor tool to put in angular ones. These tools are beneficial for layout
grids, check measurements, to assist with snapping and for various purposes. If you find problem
with junked guides you can instantly clear all the guides with one shortcut arrangement.
3D Modeling control Quintet
At the time of working with shortcuts you can create five on/off toggles alias Color by Axis,
Monochrome, X-Ray, Hide Rest & Hide Similar. These will facilitate you to promptly scrutinize the
models and hold control to the models.
Application of Group/Layer/Scene
You can apply layers and scene to simulate groups of geometry for objects. Create separate
layer for each part or group of parts. Before using layer group it initially to get geometrical
separation. Separate your geometry with different colors to recover a separation of materials of
surfaces. All the geometry surrounded by the groups stays on default layer 0. You are able to
receive two levels of information by grouping and assigning to layers and this can be enhanced
by applying page or scene method.
A new plugin alias VisMap just released and it will help to identify what layers are assigned to
You can use numerous scripts to enhance the modeling process and while applying scripts you
should always turn on auto save option and saving period time is set in such a way that go well
with your modeling speed.
SketchUp checks your model for unrecoverable errors during the auto-save, preventing the
overwriting of a good auto-save file.
In order to solve the file corruption issue you should always manually save a new file after making
necessary modification to modeling procedure.
SketchUp is installed with several templates and you can use templates to save style, units,
location, layers and components for trouble-free start-up of a new model in a new file. You can
load a template SketchUp file manually using File > Open each time you desire to generate a
model. Select the 'Set as default template' checkbox to save this template as the default template
(to load every time you load SketchUp).
Always try to utilize a template with a preset of layers using a standard naming. You can add
components & materials to a template for reprocessing them for some types of work.
Finnaly I will suggest every one to go through the Google Sketchup Users Guide (.pdf) before get
ready to perform a 3D modeling project with sketchup.
This publication shows how one can use some easy steps for enhancing the 3D modeling
process with Sketchup Tool.
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