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Top 10 sketchup extensions you need!

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Here is a list of ten key extensions which any 3D enthusiast can add to their workflow to improve productivity and also to speed up modeling. Just go for it.

V-Ray 5

V-Ray 5 is a long established as a robust professional renderer within arch-viz circles, it can very well deliver polished, photo-real renders for both new users and pros. V-Ray 5 offers such render options using which you can quickly select and tweak to suit your style, available in the latest update. It has an interactive viewing window as you model in SketchUp, and a paid cloud rendering option that helps you to free up your hardware for other work. You can try to figure it out by tweaking specific inputs or roll with inbuilt presets if you’re new to rendering.

Who can use it? It can be used by both beginner and advanced users. It can adapt to suit your rendering knowledge.

Best for: Interactive render viewing and also for high-quality professional renders

System compatibility: Windows/Mac

Pricing: It isavailable as part of SketchUp Studio

Trial: Free for 30 days

Lumion Live Sync for SketchUp

By using Lumion Live Sync you can establish a live connection which means you can model and render simultaneously. This will help you to give a sense of pushing and pulling a real-life building. It is anessential when it comes to smaller scale models.

Who can use it? Ranging from intermediate to advanced user

Best for: To visualize your small scale project as you model

System compatibility: Only available for Windows

Pricing: Lumion €1499 | Lumion Pro €2999 | Free educational license in some countries

Free trial duration: 14 days

Unreal Engine

This is developed by Epic Games and was earlier deployed for gaming development. It is extremely useful for creating approachable, super-fast renders that can be navigated in real-time. By using The Unreal Datasmith Plugin for SketchUp will also help you to get seamless exports from SketchUp to Unreal Engine.

Who can use it? Ranging from beginner to intermediate user

Best for: Fast, real-time rendering

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: Free

Profile Builder 3

By making repetitive tasks simpler this extension massively speeds up modeling time. You can make profiles using simple or complex SketchUp faces and polylines. Just by extending these profiles along paths to create a profile member, and then combine profile members to create parametrically-defined assemblies.

Who can use it? From Intermediate to advanced user all can use

Best for: Creating bespoke and standard profiles for repetitive geometries

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: $79 for lifetime access

Free trial duration:  30 days

Add Height from Datum

If you need to reference heights whilst you’re modeling or during crucial stakeholder meetings then you must use this extension. Just by marking out the key levels in your design and reference them for greater accuracy throughout your design process.

Who can use it? From beginner to advanced user all can use it

Best for: Keeping track of key datums within your project

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: Free. Register with SketchUcation, an independent SketchUp community forum, to access the download

​S4U Make Face

By only selecting your line drawings and Make Face will simply auto-fill them with faces.

Who can use it? Ranging from beginner to advanced user, all can use it

Best for: Filling in your line drawing with faces

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: $10

Free trial duration: 5 days

Solid Inspector2

Just by using this stress-relieving extension it can inspect and highlight those issues such as reversed faces within modeled solids.

Who can use it? From beginner to advanced user all can use it

Great for: Checking that volumes are drawn correctly, resolving issues in solids and keeping models lighter.

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: Free

Fredo6: FredoTools (v3.6a)

Fredo6: FredoTools (v3.6a) is useful as it is a collection of various inspection and simple manipulation tools. Specifically its Edge Inspector is a handy tool which is useful for inspecting edge connections.

Who can use it? Ranging from intermediate to advanced modeler

Best for: Optimizing models using a variety of clean-up and manipulation tools

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: Free. Register with SketchUcation, an independent SketchUp community forum, to access the download

​CleanUp3

CleanUp3 UI in SketchUp

It is a lot like SketchUp’s native Purge function, just as the name suggests CleanUp3 will tidy and optimize your SketchUp model. By simply choosing between options to purge unused items; erase hidden geometry, duplicate faces, and lonely edges; or merge identical materials, and connected coplanar faces.

Who can use it? Ranging from beginner to advanced modeler, anyone can use it

Great for: Removing redundant geometry and making your model lighter

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: Free – Go pro for $5

Fredo6: Bezier Spline

Fredo6: Bezier Spline UI in SketchUp

It is one of other useful set of tools from Fredo6 enables users to draw a variety of Polylines, Bezier and Spline curves. One of the most unique features it offers is the ability to edit a curve after they have been drawn by adjusting its control points. With the combination of Profile Builder, you can use the Bezier Spline tool to run road profiles and road assemblies.

Who can use it? Ranging from beginner to advanced modeler, all can use it

Best for: Sketching out centerlines for roads onto topographic surfaces

System compatibility: Available for Windows and Mac

Pricing: Free

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