This is the companion page for Chapter 6 of the book Architectural Design with SketchUp.

From the Book

In this chapter of Architectural Design with SketchUp, you will learn how you can turn your digital SketchUp models into physical objects. Making something has become such a popular application for SketchUp that Trimble has been a regular exhibitor at various Maker Faires and education-focused events. This chapter will first cover the possibilities for making with SketchUp and then lay out specific workflows for manual fabrication planning, laser cutting, CNC machining, and 3D printing.

Most of these techniques can be accomplished with the web version of SketchUp, but some require extensions and features that are just found in the desktop (Pro) version.

Note: This chapter was new to the second edition.

Go beyond the book:

Check out my tutorials on this site in the Making category

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.

Links In This Chapter

Updated links will be listed here:

Sample Videos From This Chapter (from the 2nd Edition)

Please note that the scaled printing option that is explained in the above video was only available until SU 2023.0. Newer versions assume that you use LayOut for this task.

You can access all Chapter 6 videos using the password from the book on Wiley’s companion site:

All Chapter 6 videos:

  • 0601: Parallel-perspective printouts (included here)
  • 0602: SketchUp to LayOut for documentation
  • 0603: Creating the mobile (included here)
  • 0604: Prepping for laser cutting
  • 0605: CNC prep for the patterned panel
  • 0606: Modeling for 3D printing

Next Steps

  • Check out my tutorials on this site in the Making category.


Chapter 7 shows how you can script with Ruby in SketchUp.

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