This is the companion page for Chapter 4 of the book Architectural Design with SketchUp.

From the Book

In this chapter of Architectural Design with SketchUp, you’ll explore the many extensions (occasionally also called plugins) that are available for SketchUp Pro. 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, they add a wide range of functionality, and you can use as many or as few as you need on a given project. Note, however, that extensions only work with the desktop versions (Windows or Mac) of SketchUp Pro, not with the web or iPad apps.

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

Go beyond the book:

Check out my tutorials on this site in the Extensions 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.

Extension Search

Use this link to get to the custom search engine (CSE) for extensions (formerly called plugins).

Links In This Chapter

Updated links will be listed here:

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

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


Chapter 5 explains how you can create amazing renderings from SketchUp

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