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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Top 24 SketchUp Plugin/Extensions for 3D Modeling.

In this post i described about top 24 SketchUp Plugins for 3D modeling use. You may need to download the Free Library extension by the same developer before that.
Top 24 SketchUp Plugin/Extensions for 3D Modeling.

1. Joint Push/Pull
This is a plugin that provides various options for extrusion of surfaces, one of which is extruding multiple surfaces in parallel. You can check out the user manual provided by the developer for more details.

2. ClothWorks
This Plugin let you make Cloth or drawing cloth, and you can make any kind of cloth for your 3D model, and you can make Physics simulation with cloth.

3. Multiple Offsets
Are you familiar with Auto-CAD’s offset? That does the same job but in 3D. The extension offers the offset methods. You can select one or more surfaces you would like to offset and then choose one of the three options.

3. CLF Shape Bender
This plugin lets you bend a group or a component to match the path of a curve or even a free-hand line. It gives you a wire-frame preview of the product before execution.

5. RandomPushPull
You can play with this plugin to create various forms or playful wall cladding. It randomly extrudes all the selected surfaces within the range you enter. You just need to insert a minimum and a maximum value, then you will get a set of extruded surfaces with depths ranging between these two values.

6. FredoScale
This plugin provides a variety of scale transformation options to your model. These options include stretching, tapering, and twisting among others.

7. Soap Skin & Bubble
This plugin lets you apply a skin over the space between specified edges, and play with it to create a complicated yet smooth surface. However, this plugin is only free until April 2018.

8. Curviloft
This is another interesting plugin be Fredo6 that gives a parametric edge to the simple modeling software. It produces 9 different modeling options which can be created from a set of selected curved lines.

9. Selection Toys
This plugin gives you a variety of selection options, similar to QSelect or Filter in Auto-CAD. That way you can avoid changing or deleting the wrong entity.

10. Weld
Like the Weld option in 3Ds Max, this plugin makes it possible to turn a set of connected lines and arcs into a single poly-line.

11. Fredo6: Bezier Spline
This extension gives you a wider variety of line drawing options which include Poly-lines, Bezier and Spline curves. These baselines can be useful to create unique forms.

12. LSS Matrix
This plugin performs the job of the Array command in Auto-CAD. It creates 3D rectilinear or radial patterns from selected components. It can be used for example, to model spiral stairs. All you need to do is the model of the first two steps.

13. QuadFace Tools
This plugin facilitates dealing with non-planar surfaces. It can be handy with form-based conceptual models, topographies, or furniture design.

14. Sketchy FFD
This plugin surrounds your model with a box of control points which let you modify and manipulate the mesh which is composing the model.

15. Simplify Contours Tool
This extension simplifies contour lines by reducing the number of edge segments forming them, and so the file size is notably reduced.

16. Section CutFace
You know how to use the Section Plane option in the Tools drop-down menu in SketchUp? This plugin will complement this useful tool by giving a finishing face to hollow cut surfaces. This way you can present your 3D or even 2D sections without further editing.

17. Architect Tools
This plugin can be helpful with advanced or urban scale uses. It creates buildings, merges them, and deals with contours and terrains, imported from 2D CAD files.

18. CleanUp³
This extension literally cleans up your model, like for example it removes the hidden and duplicated lines, delete lonely edges, and merge surfaces on the same plane.
19. Purge All
This plugin, also, rids your model of all the unused components, layers, and materials or whatever you choose it to remove. It, also, shows an optional report, listing the removed items.

20. Fredo Tools
This extension by Fredo6 gives a variety of handy options of no specific category. It groups a set of standalone plugins.

21. Components onto Faces
This plugin enables you to a copy a single component onto multiple selected and ungrouped faces.

22. Edge Tools²
This extension is also useful for plans and maps imported from Auto-CAD. It, reasonably, reduces the number of segments, closes small gaps, and detects open ends.

23. Angular Dimension
This extension simply shows you the angles between surfaces. All you need to do is select the vertex and two points.

24. Mirror
Like the Mirror Command in Auto-CAD, this one is really efficient for symmetric models and parts.

Please, make sure to check out the guidelines and manuals by the developers of the plugin/extension to understand the full potential of these SketchUp plugins and good luck with your modeling.

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