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Forum topic by hackery posted 07-26-2016 09:01 PM 1232 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2016 09:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup pro cut list cutlist parts list rotate tool side by layout modelling software 3d cad question help advice


I am brand new to SketchUp but as a web & graphic designer by trade I am getting the hang of it fairly quickly for the most part only been at it for about 5 hours now.

I have made a simple card table in SketchUp using mortise and tenons for the joints so consisting of 9 parts combined being x4 legs, x4 aprons and x1 table top. I have added the tenons to the aprons and the corresponding mortises to the top of the legs. Then I have created a few scenes with layers to create a built (complete) scene, exploded scene and now I want my next scene (cut list) to display all the parts laid out side by side at a 90 degree angle with their faces towards the viewer and their names and dimensions listed beside them.

I tried the free extension Cut List which is excellent but not really what I wanted as I would have preferred it to show the actual parts as has been designed rather than just rectangles the main reason for this is to show the tenons and their dimensions.

I am not even really concerned about the dimensions as I can add these in afterwards but does anyone know of a extensions that quickly and easily at the click or two of a button that takes all the components of a piece of furniture and lays it all out on what looks like a flat 90 degree surface or in mid air doesn’t actually need to be on anything. If there is a extensions that also adds the names and dimensions too that would be fantastic but think I am probably asking too much.

Or if anyone can recommend a fairly fast way of doing this manually within the program? I can’t stop having some real difficulties with the rotate tool it just never seems to do what I want which is what lead me to looking for a cut list extension in the first place to lay the parts out side by side and nice and neatly. As when I tried to do it manually myself the rotate tool was just a total pain in the rear end after a hour of trying I could feel my mouse about to take flight across a room at speed! When I was modelling the piece ok albeit it’s a basic piece I didn’t have any problems as just used the “flip along axis” option but this rotate tool is hopeless. I have used plenty of other 3d modelling and CAD programs in the past and never had any problems and everything else in SketchUp is good / easy enough to use.

Anyways any help on what I am trying to achieve would be very much appreciated to reduce my total frustration.

Many Thanks


-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 02:32 AM

You might try this forum-

Or this-

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 02:46 AM

If you really want to get the most out of Sketch up, Join this forum, it’s by far the best educated forum on Sketch up.

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#3 posted 07-27-2016 02:52 AM

IM still using a clay tablet and stylus. Thanks for the post was thinking about asking about this stuff.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#4 posted 07-27-2016 04:49 PM

Most if not all cut list programs will only show the outline of the pieces. This is intentional as the process is to rough cut the pieces slightly larger than necessary, and then make the final cut to size using the detail drawings. If you want to peruse this type of process, I can explain my work flow and the extensions I use. Unfortunately I cannot post a sample PDF that I work off of.

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#5 posted 07-27-2016 08:09 PM

Thanks for all the replies.

i have found a solution… there is a free extensions called Super Section which you use to take a slice of the model in my case all of it and it opens a fresh scene with all the pieces laid out exactly as I wanted with their faces showing to the modeller / viewer. So between this and the free Cut List extension I can easily create my detailed plans.

The plans won’t just be for me that’s why I was wanting to include as much detail as possible for whoever will be following them.


-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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#6 posted 07-27-2016 08:58 PM

I forget the name of it, but there is an extension that will explode your model into separated components. It leaves model in place and offsets the exploded view. You can enter parameters to control how far to explode pieces. I had it on previous computer that got replaced and haven’t tried to relocate and load it.

Super Section sounds interesting/useful also…

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