In this video, we go over my top 10 FREE extensions for SketchUp in 2018! Links to tutorials are in the notes below. All tutorials should contain a link to download the extensions noted.
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*CURVILOFT LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/curviloft/
*JOINT PUSH PULL LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/jointpushpull/
*CLOTHWORKS LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/clothworks/
*TRUEBEND LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/truebend/
*FREDOSCALE LINK* https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/fredoscale
*ANIMATOR LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/creating-animations-sketchup-model-animator-step-step-extension-tutorial/
*FLOWIFY LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/bending-objects-along-complex-faces-flowify-sketchup-sketchup-extension-tutorials/
*SLICER LINK* https://sketchucation.com/pluginstore?pln=TIG_Slicer
*FFD LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/best-tips-for-modeling-with-ffd-in-sketchup/
*SOAP SKIN LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/modeling-complex-skins-in-sketchup-with-soap-skin-and-bubble/
*FREDO TOOLS/THRU-PAINT LINK* http://www.thesketchupessentials.com/thrupaint/
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This extension is great for creating Skins along frames and other complex sets of lines. When you use it properly, you can make truly amazing shapes within SketchUp.
Joint Push Pull
Ever get the message in SketchUp that you can’t push-pull a curved surface? This extension allows you to push pull multiple surfaces at once, push pull round surfaces, and more. This is a great extension for adding thickness to complex objects as well.
Clothworks (Free Version)
Clothworks is a realistic cloth simulation tool. While the full version has some unlockable features, like moveable pins, and different kinds of smoothing, the free version of clothworks does still allow you to simulate cloth and very realistic ways!
Last year, I featured FredoScale for its ability to bend objects within SketchUp. This year, I’m still featuring FredoScale, specifically for its radial bend tool, but with a catch – I’m also recommending a new extension from Thom Thom that allows you to bend objects along a 360 degree radius, while FredoScale only bends objects along 180 degrees.
One of the areas where a base SketchUp installation lacks a bit is in the animation functions. However, this extension, created by Fredo6, allows you to actually animate moving geometry.
One of the most powerful extension for SketchUp is flowify, which allows you to bend geometry based on a target shape with 4 corners. This allows for the creation of more complex shapes and objects by using a complex target shape.
Slicer allows you to take solid shapes and break them up into different slices, allowing you to make very interesting geometry, but also allows you to export these different slices to a CNC routing machine, helping you create real models from these shapes in real life. Note that shapes for slicer have to be solids, so you may want to use a tool like Solid Inspector to help you create the solid geometry.
FFD is an extension that allows you to create a “Bounding Box” around a group of geometry, which can then be used to manipulate the geometry within the box. When you move the points on the bounding box, FFD will use those points to deform your shape.
Soap Skin and Bubble is an extension that allows you to select a frame, create a face along it, then inflate it to create different faces – this is an excellent extension for the creation of shapes like tensile structures, etc.
As we move forward, UV Mapping and the placement of materials is becoming more and more important. This extension allows you to really customize the location and mapping of your materials within your SketchUp models.