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#1 posted 11-12-2012 08:04 PM

I use the free version of Sketchup to draw out my models and use CutList to generate the cut lists, bill of materials, and cost information. There are two plugin’s for Sketchup that work together to create an export file out of Sketchup for CutList.

First Cutlist Bridge. This plugin helps you define your components with information that CutList will use to create your “parts”. You define what sub-assemblies a component belongs to, what material it is contrstructed from, etc.

Second CutList for Sketchup=. This plugin can create a .csv file that you can import directly into CutList fx.

The only cost in the above scenario is $89.00 for the silver edition of CutList Plus fx. Combined, they create a very robust and easy to use method for me to design and estimate the cost of projects.

One final word about Sketchup for anyone that finds it difficult to use. I highly recommend Tim Killen’s excellent e-book, Sketchup Guide for Woodworkers.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!

-- Paul Lyons

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