I’ve made a Sketchup extension named FitParts for generating cut plans from your drawing. Let’s say you are making a panel box just for example. First you make 6 walls and group every one of them as you go; it is nice and normal to name them, say left, right, .... Second you select these groups. Third you start my extension from Sketchup menu Extensions / FitParts / MakeCutlist. You will choose or type the size of (identical) panels you have and click the Cut button.
What you will get: the plans for cutting the sheet goods (any number of them) with the dimensions of cut-outs, like this:
You can get the result in any output units you like by setting Sketchup system units (Window / ModelInfo / Units) before making the cut plans.
What is interesting about FitParts? There are some other software for this, but I believe a few things are interesting about FitParts to consider:
- With some other tools you have to learn and name the Sketchup parts (i.e. groups or components) in some specific format. FitParts don’t care about your parts naming – it will accept almost everything you select.
- you have no thickness restrictions whatsoever: FitParts will accept ANY thickness of your parts! FitParts will understand the imprecision of thickness of your walls as well. So your walls can be thicker or thinner say a few millimeters, you are on a safe side with FitParts.
- if you intend to do edge banding (ABS, melamine, PVC, whatever) FitParts will present you the list of your selected walls and let you specify the thickness of tape and lets you choose which edge of any selected part has banding:
- even if you rely on others to make the cut plans for you, FitParts will immediately extract the dimensions with or without edge banding and give you the number of layers = panels you need to realize your work. No more paper digging for parts dimensions or manual measuring in Sketchup model part by part.
- different then some other tools, you do not search for cut blueprints outside of Sketchup in html files. FitParts will give the cut maps directly in Sketchup and you can print those like any other Sketchup drawing. FitParts will make one layer per panel/sheet and you just print one after the other from your familiar Sketchup environment.
- FitParts will accept selected part and correctly find the appropriate rectangle to contain that part regardless of the exact shape of that part and it’s position in Sketchup model. As long as the selected part has perpendicular edges, you shall have good result:
You can export the dimensions into excel by simply selecting with mouse and pasting into excel.
About the price: I am sorry guys, this is the payed extension. You have the limited trial version to see some of it’s capabilities however. For more details you can ask here or check out my site you can order the full versions if you like.
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