Engineering ToolBox - enabled for use with the older versions of the amazing SketchUp Make and the newer "up to date" SketchUp Pro .

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Spurs and Gears

Replicates a custom component around a circle or parts of a circle

spurs gears circle replicated objects

First, make a component - a spurs or gear tooth, or a brick or anything you want to replicate around a circle or part of a circle. Position the internal insertion point of the component to where you want the component connected to the circle. Move the component to the Sketchup origo (x = y = z = 0).

Select the component, input the radius of the circle, the number of replications and the degrees of the circle (360 equals to a full circle). Click insert!

Since the same component is replicated as instances around the circle it makes sense to do the final work on the component after the replication. Changes you do in one instance are replicated to all instances.

Spurs and Gears
Note! - select the component to replicate first!

Insert!

Rotate the screen or widen the window to see full table!


Change before insert!
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Tools - accessed from within Sketchup

NOTE!! - the insert! and the Tools features only works when the engineeringtoolbox exension is opened from within SketchUp. Install the extension as described in the right column - restart Sketchup and open this tool from the Sketchup Plugins menu.

Edit

undo!   redo!

Color

  change color!

Change color of the selected object(s) - may be slow for some more complicated objects (save your model first!)

View

iso!   top!   front!   right!   left!   back!   bottom!

Make Component

make!

Makes a component of the selected object. Note that all objects from the Engineering Toolbox are inserted as individual groups. You should transfer a group to a component sharing the same definition when there is more than one instance of the same object. Tip! Rename the object to its final name before making it a component (in outliner or with right click and entity info).

Rotate Object(s)

around red!  , green!   or blue!   axis.

Select object(s) first. This tool may be very handy for objects with curved surfaces like pipes, elbows and so on.

Move or Copy Object(s)

move/copy!

Move or copy (multiple) selected objects. Make advanced geometric constructions with multiple selections, multiple copies and the offset. Tip! - Use "Make Component" to save space and reduce computer load when working with multiple copies.

Knife

insert the Knife!   cut!

Before cut - customize the inserted Knife! The Knife is a group you can rotate, change the size of, and even add or remove objects within (example - add a function curve for an advanced cut). You can also make your own Knife by naming a group "theKnife". After insert and customizing the knife - positioning it to the object(s) where to cut - select the object(s) (must be groups) - and click cut! Afterwards - select the object(s) and remove the parts of the object(s) that you don't want. YouTube demo of the Knife!

Move an Object to an other Objects Position

move!

Select two objects - click "move" - and one of the objects moves to the position and angle of the other object. This tool may be handy when moving objects between axis systems.

Insert (Reference) Line

  startpoint

  endpoint         insert!

This tool can be used to add reference lines.

Insert Horizontal Plane

     insert!

Insert Vertical Plane

     insert!

     insert!

Insert Box

     insert!

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