Google Sketchup Plugins

I cannot take credit for these fantastic plugins.  Since posting this originally I have heavily edited it to include all the great Google Sketchup plugins I’m using. 1  Without further ado they are:

  1. skp_to_dxf.zip – This script will allow you to import STL and DXF.  I haven’t used this one as much as the other two.  I think this script was written by someone named Guitar-list.
  2. su2stl.zip – This script will allow you to import/export STL files.  I’ve had pretty good success exporting STL files, but the importing is very hit or miss.  This Ruby script appears to be encrypted, so I don’t know who wrote it and I don’t know enough Ruby to decode it.  This is the best link I could find to it.
  3. polyreduce.zip – This script will reduce the number of polygons and faces in a Sketchup model.  With really complex models (or an underpowered computer) it can take a LONG time to work.  Fair warning.  This great script was written by someone named Whaat.
  4. Update 7/11/2010:  drawhelix13.zip – Script for generating a helix.  Super awesome for creating screw threads. 2  This script was written by someone named Peter Brown, but I cannot find any link to his site or contact information.  Sorry Peter.  I did find some instructions on how to use this plugin.
  5. Update 7/27/2010: manifold.zip – Script for making a Sketchup object manifold.  I’ve tried it a few times and found that it works slowly on my super under powered machine.  I’ve gotten bored and stopped it before it has completed.  That said, I’m quite confident a more patient person could get it to work no problem.  :)  Manifold was written by someone named TIG who is a prolific creator of Sketchup plugins/Ruby scripts on the Sketchucation forums.  I found this plugin thanks to the Capolight blog – there’s some amazing stuff over there – check it out.
  6. Update 11/25/2010: jf_stl_importer.zip – Script for importing STL files by Jim of Jim’s Sketchup Plugins.
  7. Update 11/25/2010: RoundCorner-2.1c.zip – Script for adding rounded or beveled corners to objects.  This plugin by Fredo6 has some detailed installation and usage instructions on the Sketchup Forums pages.  He’s also included instructions as a PDF – Quickcard-RoundCorner-English-v2.1.pdf.  This plugin requires Fredo6’s shared code library called LibFredo6-3.4c.zip with it’s ownLibFredo6-User-Manual-English-v3.4-14-Sep-09.pdf.
  8. Update 11/25/2010: FredoScale-2.0i.zip – Script for manipulating objects, also by Fredo6 with detailed instructions on the Sketchup Forums.  Also with detailed instructions as a PDF – FredoScale-User-Manual-English-v2.0-28-Mar-09.pdf.  There are also tutorial videos here and here.  This plugin requires Fredo6’s shared code library called LibFredo6-3.4c.zip with it’s own LibFredo6-User-Manual-English-v3.4-14-Sep-09.pdf.
  9. Update 11/25/2010: Curviloft-1.0c-and-LibFredo6-3.5c.zip – Script for creating curved surfaces or skins from contours or paths, also by Fredo6 with detailed instructions on the Sketchup Forums.  Although there isn’t any documentation, there are two tutorial videos here and here with an additional tutorial here.  This plugin requires Fredo6’s shared code library called LibFredo6-3.4c.zip with it’s own LibFredo6-User-Manual-English-v3.4-14-Sep-09.pdf.
  10. Update 11/25/2010: tt_solid_inspector.zip –  Script for detecting problems with solid forms by Thomas Thomassen.
  11. Update 12/27/2010: wafer.rb – Script for converting a Sketchup file into Gcode for cutting 2D shapes using a CNC machine.  I can’t find the name of the author, but this is his website with instructions for how to use his plugin.
  1. I don’t have the author’s names/links handy at the moment, but when I find them I’ll update this page. []
  2. As you can tell, I’ve spent the last six months relentlessly searching for this script… []

7 Responses to “Google Sketchup Plugins”

  1. […] on Thingiverse.  Twist, lock.  It can be undone, and requires creating grooves instead of a helix, which is significantly […]

  2. Nathan says:

    Those encrypted ruby scripts are usually just base 64 encoded. Just paste the encrypted part into an online base 64 decoder to see the original script.

    I like to leave my scripts un-encrypted so people can tell me where the bugs are!

  3. MakerBlock says:

    @Nathan: Are you THE guy who wrote the skp_to_dxf script??? I use it all the time! It’s fantastic!

  4. Nathan says:

    @Nathan: Are you THE guy who wrote the skp_to_dxf script??? I use it all the time! It’s fantastic!

    Thanks! Just one point: the skp_to_dxf plugin exports (not imports) DXF and STL files.

    Nathan

  5. mikel says:

    good collection!
    thanks

  6. Rich says:

    Thanks for the list of plug-ins. I am certain they will will provide invaluable assistance in creating my designs in Sketch-up. 2 Questions: 1. Is there a plug-in for Sketch-up or an actual program that I can import to that will scan for dimension errors and auto-adjust them or/ allow me to input preferred or corrective dimensions without having to check each line drawn individually? 2. Can I input the solidity or thickness-dimensions-of-material-used and is there a plug-in or alternative program that will do that?

  7. MakerBlock says:

    @Rich: (1) I don’t know of any plugin for Sketchup that will automatically scan for dimension errors and auto-correct. If you output the designs to an STL, you could use another program like NetFabb to fix the mesh. (2) Nope. :)

    Sketchup is a great program for diving into design quickly, but it really isn’t designed or that suitable to solid modelling. You’re really better off going with something a parametric solid modeller. I like OpenSCAD, but others like the various high powered proprietary options.

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