Chapter 4 – Using Extensions/Plugins Effectively

In this chapter, you’ll explore the many extensions (frequently also called plugins) that are available for SketchUp. They are used for tasks that can’t (efficiently) be accomplished using SketchUp’s built-in tool set alone. These extensions are often freely available, they are easy to install, most work in either version of SketchUp, they add a wide range of functionality, and you can use as many or as few as you need for a given task.

Some of the things that are possible with extensions are advanced creation/deformation of objects, organic modeling, fabrication preprocessing, physics simulation, building energy analysis, and—as you will see in Chapter 5—photorealistic rendering.

SketchUp Models In This Chapter:

Below are two of the models that you can explore interactively in your browser (click and drag to orbit):

View and download all models from this chapter on the 3D Warehouse.

Extension/Plugin Search:

Use the custom search box below to search for extensions/plugins:

Links In This Chapter:

Updated links will be listed here:

Sample Videos From This Chapter:

You can access all Chapter 4 videos using the password from the book on Wiley’s companion site:

All Chapter 4 videos:

  • 0401: Extensions and Extension Warehouse (included here)
  • 0402: Extensions in-depth
  • 0403: Creating shells using extensions (included here)
  • 0404: Slicing terrain using extensions
  • 0405: Unwrapping a shape

Next Steps:

Discuss Your Work:

You can discuss SketchUp plugins with me and other users on this site in the following group:

Extensions/Plugins Group

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