SketchUp Plugins for Ultimate 3D Modeling

in SketchUp,Software, - May 2, 2015

Sketchup – Best 3D Modeling

Sketchup is a perfect combination of ease and usefulness. Start from scratch with lines and develop 3D forms from these. You can stretch, rotate, copy and paint these structures according to your need using Sketchup. Create professional grade models and sketches using the best free versions of this software.

 

Sketchup Extensions and Plugins

Sketchup Plugins boost the dynamism of the 3D sketching software. The added plugins allow Sketchup to be used in a plethora of industries like education, architecture, engineering, gaming, interior designing, fashion and films, wood working, urban planning and landscaping as well. Experience the pleasure of accessing separate plugins for individual purposes like simple drawing, rendering, animation, text and labeling, energy analysis, 3D printing, scheduling and import/export. These plugins are available for download for almost all functional versions of Sketchup that  are currently used in the market. Explore your possibilities with the new and well reputed plugins from over 15 authors. Sketchup is complete and evolving software for 3D designs and much more. Give wings to your creativity today by empowering your Sketchup software with these must-have plugins.

 

How to install Sketchup Plugins and Extensions

While using Sketchup it is imperative that you learn how to install different tools, plugins and extensions. Clearly they may not seem like immensely difficult jobs but they can be quite tricky if you do not know your way around the installation wizards. So here are a few step-by-step instructions to make your work easier as a designer.

To make a designers work even easier there are 2 ways to install Sketchup Extensions.

 

1. Automatic installation

* Which is a valid option for Sketchup 2013 or Sketchup 2014. You can directly access the Sketchup warehouse by going through Window>Extension Warehouse.

* Sign into your account to download the extensions of your choice and then click on the Download option (red button) in the upper right corner of the page.

* Click through the successive pop-ups that come your way and the extension is installed and activated automatically irrespective of the fact that you are using Sketchup for MAC or for PC.

2. Manual Installation

* This is applicable for extensions you have found from the web, in which case save the .rbz file in the Sketchup/Tools folder.

* Go to Windows>Preferences and then select your desired extension.

* Install the extension by clicking on the “Install Extension” button at the left bottom of the pop-up window.

* Just like the automatic mode, click through the pop-ups to get your extension installed.

 

Tips for Secure installation of Plugins

Installing Plugins in Sketchup is quite an easy task, but here are a few pointers which might make the task even easier for you.

1. While installing your Sketchup plug-in make sure you have your file in the .rb format. By default the location where your Sketchup searches first is the Sketchup tools folder (better to save downloaded file there). So relocate your file to that folder and restart Sketchup.

2. Reopen Sketchup to initialize plug-in; check the new ‘Plug-in’ tab at the top of program or Menu to view your new plug-in.

To find the correct plugins and extensions always search first in the Sketchup warehouse. Since it is powered by Sketchup itself it is indeed the safest place to find the most compatible and useful plugins.

The official marketplace has a huge list of free, premium Sketchup plugins which can radically expand the working horizons of your Sketchup software. A few of the more advanced and complicated plugins and extensions are also available for purchase at this website. There tools can be trusted upon to serve the best and most recent plugins for Sketchup without doubt.

 

Sketchup 3D Plugins

The 3D printing plugins allow you to create 3D sketches and models within just a few minutes and a few simple steps. For excellent and flawless quality of print, opt for these Sketchup plugins. They are mostly free and also compatible with all versions of the software. Find other elaborate and meticulous 3D model templates created by over 15 artists and other elements which help in 3D printing. Poker chip patterns, Minecraft characters, Hellboy Samaritan guns, countless skyscraper and door models are also available for 3d printing.

  • CADspan

    By cadspan.com
    Free and Pro Versions Available
  • Indigo Renderer

    By indigorenderer.com
    Free
  • 3D print service

    By i.materialise.com
    Free

3D-Plugins

 

 

Sketchup Rendering Plugins

Multidimensional figures, blending renderings, night lighting renderings, sunlight renderings and much more can be found in the Sketchup rendering plugins repository. There are several ready to render 3D models that are available on Sketchup as well which take the look of fantastic 3D figures once passed through rendering programs. These are also integrated and photorealistic add-ons for Sketchup. Get amazing derived models and plugins which have been designed by modifying old models and plugins for better results. Intended for all kinds of purposes, these rendering plugins can make a Sketchup users day without any added effort.

  • Thea Render

    By thearender.com
    Free and Pro Both versions Available
  • Twilight Render

    By twilightrender.com
    Premium $99 (Free version Available)
  • Maxwell for SketchUp

    By maxwellrender.com
    Premium $99 (Free version available)

Rendering

 

Sketchup Productivity Plugins

There are hundreds of free SU productivity plugins which readily convert Sketchup models to formats which can be viewed using your iPad or iPhone. They convert the SU geometry and textures to .xcs formats which can be easily navigated using iPhones. There are other extensions which allow you to import models you like to Sketchup and then Publish it to a Project and share it with Team members. Experience complete cloud integration, direct download, product information updates along with version checking while using these premium SU plugins.

  • Monitoring

    By 3deling.com
  • SU Animate

    By suanimate.com
    Premium $49 (Free Version Available)
  • Solid Section for Sketchup

    By dibac.com
    Premium $11.25 (Free version Available)

Productivity

 

Sketchup Reporting Plugins

These plugins can be used by individuals as well as Sketchup service providers to enhance and include new features. The component makers can easily add attributes for reporting their components and geometry. It is especially a treat for the model makers who can include the new attributes in their models. The download of this category of plugins is now publicly available for all Sketchup users. The components can be saved in a .csv format which can be then opened in your program of choice.

  • 2015 Skalp for SketchUp

    By skalp4sketchup.com
    Premium $82 (Free version Available)
  • MODELUR

    By modelur.com
    Free
  • CL3VER

    By cl3ver.com
    Free

Reporting

 

Sketchup Animation Plugins

Experience a power packed comprehensive package of plugins; all that is required to create the optimum 3D scenes, reporting and rendering. Explore new options of photorealistic rendering, interactive PDFs, attributes and custom reposts and a plethora of 3D reports in these plugins. The seamlessly integrate with your main software without slowing it down and provide you with easy, time saving features that give you amazing end results. Simple wizards to combine your texts and 3D models can also be found among these plugins without doubt.

  • Keyframe Animation

    By Regularpolygon.org
    Premium $39 (Free Version Available)
  • Animate Sections

    By CMD
    Free
  • Animatex

    By Renderiza
    Free

Animation-Plugins

 

Sketchup Scheduling Plugins

The new and advanced scheduling plugins help you perform quite complex calculations which include the count of groups, DCs and components along with the aspect measurements of your 3D models. Area calculation of your floor, roof tiles, paints and soft/hard landscape is a walk in the park if you have a few of these mean plugins installed. Experience the premium pack offered by the best SU add-ons. Even volume calculation for solid 3D models is not a Sisyphean task once these plugins are present. Include your regular doors and windows schedules to customize your models anytime.

  • Dynamic Components

    By Sketchup Team
    Free
  • 2015 Click-Change

    By David B
    Free
  • Land F/X

    By landfx.com
    Free

Scheduling

 

 

Sketchup Drawing Plugins

You can find both personal and commercial extensions, add-ons and plugins at your disposal while working with Sketchup. Get amazing 3D tools for precise placement and editing of components and objects on your 3D models and one step photorealistic renderings with the SU drawing plugins in the repository. The map plugins are especially in demand for their area-specific search options and easy image addition options to your SU project. Create and save custom files without much ado and download profile libraries without much searching if you are a smart SU user.

  • 1001bit Tools

    By GOH c
    Free
  • DIBAC for SketchUp

    By Iscarnet
    Free
  • Bezier Curve Tool

    By Sketchup Team
    Free

Drawing

 

Sketchup Import/Export Plugins

By using any of these Import/Export plugins you can now download any publicly available SU models and also create your own models and upload them for public download. You can then edit information about components in your SU project. The users can choose from the various available formats to export/import a file, although the most favored one is .dwf. Most of these plugins are for professional purposes and are hence available on trial for 15-day periods. Once satisfied the users can opt for their premium versions without delay.

  • SketchUV

    By Whaat
    Free
  • SimLab 3D PDF Exporter for SketchUp

    By SimLab S
    Free
  • [SU]Ch

    By Renderiza
    Free

ImportExport

 

Sketchup Energy Analysis Plugins

Now easily include environmental data into your model and get instant results on sustainable analysis and LEED documentation of your models by using the latest Energy Analysis Plugins. These free downloadable plugins include options to show how lighting will look with your model by employing real-time navigation options; the light options include sunlight, IES lights, area lights etc. Evidently, extremely useful for all interior decorators and landscape artists, these plugins do not require any additional add-ons to function.

  • ArchiWIZARD V3 Plug-in

    By archiwizard.fr
  • gModeller

    By David M
    Free
  • ecoScorecard for SketchUp

    By SmartBIM LLC
    Free

Energy-Analysis

 

Sketchup Text/labeling Plugins

Some of these cool plugins allow the users to extend walls, columns, beams, slope etc along with attachment of labels and texts for containing identification information. These plugins can also generate lists on demand and reports as well. There are more plugins which can create geometric data carriers which can be effectively utilized for storing identity, quantitative and descriptive data about your models. The user can now manage the generated information in a batch manner by virtue of these SU plugins.

  • CLF Label Open Faces

    By Chris Fullmer
    Free
  • 3D Text Editor

    By ThomThom
    Free
  • GOSU

    By Renderiza

Textlabeling

 

Sketchup Developer Tools Plugins

The SU warehouse is filled with different Developer tools to suit anyone’s and everyone’s purpose. Updated plugins, analytical tools, 3D modeling tools etc can be found in these developer plugins which allows the user to enhance the application of the basic SU software. Most of these developer tools serve as platforms for dynamic work using SU basic models and sketches.  They are publicly downloadable and allow extension of SU functionalities without bounds.

  • SketchUp Developer Tools

    By Sketchup Team
    Free
  • Eneroth Attribute Editor

    By Eneroth3
    Free
  • Ruby Console+

    BY Aerilius
    Free

Developer-Tools

 

Sketchup in Different industries

Most of these SU plugins, add-ons and extensions can be classified according to the industries which use them more. For example the light/shadow plugins from the energy analysis category find use in the architecture, interior decoration and landscaping industry; whereas the drawing, reporting, text and labeling extensions find more use in the engineering industry. So let us take a look at this method of classification as well.

 

Architectural and Engineering

These plugins can take up a plethora of jobs which include generating bills, product and material schedules, component lists and data export, creation of photorealistic renderings, addition of custom reports, interactive PDFs and much more. There are plugins which also allow the users to create layout points on their SU model without any fuss.

  • Architect Tools

    By ThomThom
    Free
  • Solar North

    By SketchUp Team
    Free
  • Artisan Organic Toolset

    BY Whaat
    Free

 

Gaming

There are 160+ extensions for Gaming industry in the SU warehouse itself which include everything from 3D tools to immaculate 3D renderings for photorealistic effects. One can even print 3D gaming characters similar to the kind seen in the leading games of the day. One can import/export data in .dfw format and generate databases of characters, locations, detailed attributes by using these plugins.

  • Shapes

    by SketchUp Team
    Free
  • Sandbox Tools

    By sketchup team
    Free
  • Solid Inspector

    By ThomThom
    Free

Gaming

 

Interior Design

The best plugins for interior designing include the energy analysis models which precisely do a real-time navigation run of your model in different light and dark conditions. The labeling/text extensions are also extremely useful as they allow you to edit walls, windows, doors and add or remove descriptions according to necessity.

  • 3d Doors Windows Frames

    By RubySoft
    Free
  • Solar North

    By SketchUp Team
    Free
  • CleanUp³

    By ThomThom
    Free

Interior-Design

 

Construction and Landscape Architecture

In addition to the energy analysis plugins there are the animation and the 3D rendering plugins which are extremely useful for these purposes. The Construction and Landscape Architecture industries demand powerful area and volume mapping tools which are found for free in the bountiful SU extensions warehouse.

  • Soap Skin & Bubble

    By Josef L
    Free
  • Profile Builder

    By Whaat
    Premium $19.99 (Free Version Available)
  • Grid Tool

    By SketchUp Team
    Free

Construction-and-Landscape-Architecture

 

Film Industry

Point-lights, spot-lights, sunlight, everything can be determined in a real-time manner by using the light category plugins. Export results to high-resolution images, movies and panoramas for better effect. Visualize your 3D designs in your real environment and add metadata without tarry by using these extensions exclusively made for the Film Industry.

  • CLF Shape Bender

    By Chris Fullmer
    Free
  • Window Maker

    By SketchUp Team
    free
  • Advanced Camera Tools

    By SketchUp Team
    Free

Film-Industry

 

Education

Even the field of education is not deprived on the SU perks which include simple simulation of 2D and 3D graphs, metadata inclusion in models, centroid area calculation and much more. There are over 170 extensions which include exclusive features which can generate charts, part lists; area lists etc, both for professionals and amateurs.

  • TT_Lib²

    By ThomThom
    Free
  • Artisan Organic Toolset

    BY Whaat
    Free
  • Photo Textures

    By SketchUp Team
    Free

Education

 

Sketchup is the ultimate software that is used by over 13 industries. With over a thousand extensions Sketchup is undoubtedly the most powerful platform that can be used to create transcendent models in 2 as well as 3 dimensions. In addition to that, there are several Sketchup Tutorials which can turn you from an amateur to a pro with the blink of an eye.

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