7 of the Best Sketchup Plugins

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In this article, we’re going to take a look at what we think are some of the best Sketchup plugins! These are mostly geared towards architecture use (since that’s where my background is), but you may find them helpful even if you use Sketchup for other purposes. Let’s get started!

1. Joint Push Pull

Looking for an easy way to add a beveled edge to an object? Try the Joint Push Pull plugin to click and drag a surface to make it rounded. Select the “Round Push Pull” option and you can extrude a surface to have rounded corners instead of hard edges. You can also use this plugin to extrude curved or smoothed surfaces. For a more detailed tutorial on how to use this plugin, check out this tutorial.

We highly recommend any of the Freedo tools because they create some of the best Sketchup plugins. They are easy to use, well made, and most importantly- free!

Best Sketchup plugins: Joint Push Pull

2. Round Corner

Similar to creating beveled edges, this Freedo plugin allows you to round just the edges of a surface. This may come in handy if you want to round the edge of objects like tables or countertops. Unlike the joint push pull option, this plugin gives you the ability to get a hard edge in one location and a rounded edge in another. There are many options to customize like offset, edge parameters, and rounding parameters. If you are unsure what each setting does, just play around with them until you get the look you want!

Best Sketchup Plugins: Rounded Corner

3. Weld

This plugin takes selected line segments and groups them as one item. This is a great tool to use if you want to connect a long string of line segments that make a curved or spiraling shape. With the weld tool, you can easily extrude or use the “follow me” tool along a curved path without having to select every line segment.

Best Sketchup Plugins: Weld

4. Curviloft

Curviloft is another Freedo6 plugin. It adds really needed functionality that makes it one of the best sketchup plugins. With Curviloft, you can create an extrusion that begins as one shape and ends as another. First, select your path. Then select your starting shape and finish by selecting your ending shape. Hit “enter” when you finish making your selections to generate your shape.

Best Sketchup Plugins: Curviloft

5. Eneroth Flatten to Plane

If you’ve ever imported a DWG to Sketchup, you may have had some trouble closing up walls because your lines end up in different planes. A simple solution is using the Eneroth plugin. Simply select your lines and then navigate to “extensions” > “eneroth flatten to plane.” Select the plugin and all of your lines will be on one plane!

Best Sketchup Plugins: Eneroth Flatten to Plane

6. Artisan

Another alternative to using the Joint Push Pull plugin to create curved edges is Artisan. Once you have the plugin installed, select the cube icon in the menu that says “subdivide and smooth.” This will take any hard edges and turn them into a smooth surface. There may be a few areas that need additional smoothing, but this plugin gives you a great starting point!

Best Sketchup Plugins: Artisan

7. ClothWorks

This plugin will allow you to take a flat surface and drape it over another object to create the appearance of fabric. First, right click on the object you want to drape and select “ClothWorks” > “make cloth.” Then, right click on the object you want to drape your fabric over and select “ClothWorks” > “make collider.” Use the UI toggle tool in the menu to customize options. Right click on your fabric and make sure you select “ClothWorks” > “1 cloth” > “simple grid.” Use the simulation tool next to the UI toggle tool to drape the fabric. When you are happy with the way it looks, click the stop icon to stop the animation.

Best Sketchup Plugins: ClothWorks

Your best Sketchup plugins?

Which sketchup plugins and extentions do you think are the best? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to check out our other tutorials if you’re looking for more great tips and tricks for Sketchup.

Happy Hacking!

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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

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  18. 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.

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

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

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

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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

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

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

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

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. 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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