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"Random Component placement in SketchUp with Compo Sprayr ”

Subhra Bera: Editor

SketchUp Plugins are very much helpful and useful in creating models; the new Compo Spray has lots of options which make the placing of components in a model easier.

Introduction of Justin Geis: Justin Geis is the founder of The SketchUp Essentials and he has started to use SketchUp as a part of his daily works as a general contractor in 2008. Since then he is a proud SketchUp user as he has realized very quickly about the power of SketchUp in various works and started to use it for his personal projects also. The idea of starting the SketchUp Essentials is like making a place to share some easy to follow SketchUp tips and tricks and tutorials which will help the users to control the power of 3D Modeling in their lives.

Justin Geis has blogged about different SketchUp tips and tutorials, in this article we will discuss about his another tutorials through a video, how to use Compo Spray. Compo Spray is a SketchUp extension which is designed to help people randomly to place components with the SketchUp model and here are some details about using it.

Plugin Name: Compo Spray

Didier Bur: Tool cost is free

Download place: the SketchUp extension warehouse:

Functions of tool: This extension is mainly designed to help users in adding the components faster in the models such as trees, rocks etc. besides this, it help to randomly spread these objects. This extension will allow users in many ways to aimlessly spread components on faces within SketchUp; in the menu the first option works most though there is other option like perpendicular which is not working recently. The plugin allows the users to select up to 8 components at once with the help of dropdowns, after that they will be automatically placed on a selected face. There is a very helpful thing which is a documentation file that gets installed in the plugin installation folder with some instructions for the users. Here are some tips to work with this plugin after starting it:

  • Users can select a same component many times again and again after selecting components; it is useful as while working with a component multiple times in a model, users can select it as many times as they want.
  • They will get two kinds of spray options as per the face is selected or not while starting the tool and after selecting a face, one will get the option to place objects based on the corners and faces. But if any face is not selected, then users can get a series of options for point, line, triangle etc.
  • These options like point, line, triangle and other shape options allow the users to set a routine location for users component spray depended on a location you dictate. These components can be used to place objects on terrain and other faces that are not actually flat.
  • Whenever the users have selected either a face or a series of faces, they can spread objects aimlessly across the faces by selecting “Selected faces,” or with the vertices of the geometry using “Vertices of faces.”
  • The pressure percentage is for adjusting the numbers of the created objects.
  • Users can also command the layer that the components are made on.
  • The altitude setting allows to fix components between various heights into the model.
  • Slope option allows to only place objects on face that are at a selected slope.
  • Scale option allows the users to displace the sizes of the different components.
  • Besides the above options, there are also a series of options below which allow the things like reflecting objects, checking impact and many more.
  • This extension actually works as it is spraying components downward.
  • SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

Best wishes
Subhra Bera
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