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Forum topic by JDCrae posted 10-05-2015 05:46 PM 860 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2015 05:46 PM

So I recently took the plunge and downloaded Sketchup. Pretty intuitive, haven’t had a whole lot of issues with it, but am having a problem doing the cut list using cutlist.

I think, the problem is that I have duplicate components. When I run cutlist, it shows 3 back panels, 3 top panels, etc. Tried using cleanup, no joy. I can pull up the list of components,but delete is grayed out indicating it is not a valid option.

Any advice? Looked through all the tutorials but cannot find the solution. I know I created mulitple components of the same thing, then made tweaks as I needed. Also found easier ways to do stuff, so would copy things, then delete the original etc.

Any help is appreciated.



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#1 posted 10-05-2015 06:11 PM

Jd. I think what happens is that even though you delete components, they are still stored in the model until you do some kind of cleanup command. I am switching computers and dont have sketchup installed yet. I can do that tonight if you still need the question answered. If you send me a copy of your model, I can look into it. Dave Richards is the guru of such things and if we dont get an answer, he will know.
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#2 posted 10-05-2015 09:46 PM

Make sure your parts fit on the stock size selected in the cutlist options. If the parts don’t fit, cutlist makes additional parts assuming that you’ll need to glue them together to get the right size.

Cutlist should only count the parts you have selected at the time. Also, it might cause problems if you nest components inside of components. Not sure on this but I always separate the components before running cutlist.

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 10:19 PM

Tag each part so you can see if It’s adding 3 part A’s, or if it’s showing part of part A on one piece, and part of part A on another sheet.Which it may be doing;or showing a alternative layout.

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 11:56 PM

Thanks guys. I went back in and blew all the pieces apart instead of being up against each other and tried again. The weird part is the actual list is right, but the cut sheet shows almost 3 of each component.

Steve- I emailed you the file. Hopefully you can make sense of it, if not let me know and I can redo it. In sure its something simple I am missing, and I’ll be sure to smack myself in the head once someone figures out why its not working like a want it to.

I tried clicking on each part but its showing each as a single component. At this point I feel like I’ve looked at it so much trying to figure it out the last 3 days, its impossible for me to without help.

Thanks for all the help guys. Greatly appreciate it.

It’s a learning process right ?

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#5 posted 10-08-2015 11:58 PM

As you stated it’s a learning process which over the years of using Sketchup (SU) I still find better methods for designing in SU. One thing I would suggest following the others comments of keeping your model “clean” of unused objects or “components”. Your model should extensive use of “components” and not groups and remember to always design on Layer 0 and then after creating a component move to a separate layer which can be turned on and off as needed.

The best method I have found to find missing or hidden components or groups is to use the Outline tool with all layers turned ON. Any errant object located in drawing space will show light Grey if hidden or in bold if not. Assuming you follow a structured object naming your can locate objects using the find tool at the top of the Outline tool. From the list of found objects you can then identify which may be out in space and allow you to locate, select or delete the item(s).

Keep working with SU and you will find time to create designs will be reduced. A good free resource is Swamp Road Wood Works moderated by Joe P. Zeh. He created a interface with his product Cutlist Bridge 4 that will transfer component dimesnions directly into Cutlist Plus fx although to take full advantage of the option to identify Final W x L x T you need to use the Gold or Platimum version of Cutlist Plus fx.

His furniture models which are very well organized and created the way a woodworker will actually build the piece. Most of the “free” models you can download from Google Warehouse are junk in my opinion and not worth the effort of searching for that One item that my help you design.

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#6 posted 10-09-2015 05:32 PM

Well I have again been struggling with what should be a very simple design. This design literally has 7 panels, that’s it, all 3/4 inch thick, and hell 5 of them are perfect rectangles. It seems no matter what I do, what setting I change, no matter what option I select, cutlist continues to want me to make each panel out of boards, instead of sheet goods. So rather than being able to optimize these panels out of a 4×8 sheet of ply, I am going to have to draw it all out by hand and figure it out.

I love sketchup, and can see it being a great tool, but unless I can figure out cutlist, its pretty pointless. I understand my frustration level is a bit high right now, but if there was a way for me to throw that extension into an incinerator I would. Intuitive and helpful it is not!

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#7 posted 10-09-2015 07:49 PM

Within naming your components add words in saying things such as “ply” or “sheet” like Top Ply. Then when you open cutlist, there is a place that has sheet material words, add in ply or other keywords that would distinguish plywood for you.

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#8 posted 10-10-2015 12:23 PM

I am not sure what the deal is with cutlist. I watched no less than a dozen tutorials, and no matter what I do, it still spits out quanities in boards, instead of sheets. I ended up uninstalling the extension as it just doesn’t work. Ended up downloading maxcut, which is a separate program. You have to manually enter stuff. but it worked perfectly and laid everything out nicely.

Thanks for all of the help guys. I really like sketchup, and like many of you mentioned, continue to find little shortcuts, etc that make it very very quick. Hopefully I can find another cut program, or way to export the drawing to maxcut somehow. Now off to make sawdust!

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