How to Create Polygons in Sketchup in 5 seconds

how to create polygons in sketchup

In this sketchup tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to create equilateral polygons in sketchup. It’s only going to take you a matter of seconds and you won’t have to manually draw every side.

    1. Select the shape tool from the toolbar.  C is the shortcut.shapes in sketchup
    2. In the bottom right corner there is a status bar.  After selecting the shape tool it wants you to specify the number of sides.  By default the number of sides is set at 24.  If you type a new number, sketchup will make a new equilateral shape with that number of sides.polygon in sketchup[table “” not found /]

 

  1. After specifying the number of sides, sketchup is going to ask for the radius of your polygon.  This radius is an inscribed radius.  An inscribed polygon means that the points of the polygon meet up with a circle that is drawn at the same radius.  The image below depicts an inscribed polygon.

 

inscribed polygon

Can you think of any cool projects that use polygons in sketchup?  Share them in the comments below!

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10 Comments

  1. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  2. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  3. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  4. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  5. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  6. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  7. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  8. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  9. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  10. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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