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SketchUp: Making A Cutting Layout For Plywood Parts - 216

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Published on Oct 28, 2015

I often get asked how I make my layout or cutting diagrams in SketchUp. The simple answer is that I just manually make my own. There is a Cutlist plugin for SketchUp but I find it to be incredibly flawed. There are other programs out there that will generate cutlists or layout diagrams for you but I like to keep the work in SketchUp as once you complete the model all the data and part sizes you need for the layout are already there.

The video shows the process I always use. I find this to be much faster, more efficient, and with less errors than working with pencil and paper. The purpose of using SketchUp is to be quicker and more efficient in the design and planning stages. Because of that I like to present the videos in a faster pace than what is typically shown in SketchUp videos. Here are a few of the shortcuts I used in this video:

Ctrl = adds a copy command to the move and rotate commands
Q = rotate
R = rectangle
T = tape measure
D = dimension (this is a custom keyboard shortcut I set and is not included by default)
M = move
Space Bar = selection command
Triple Click = when triple clicking a piece of model space geometry it selects everything in model space that is connected to that item
Double Click On Component = enters component edit mode
G = Turns selected model space geometry into a component

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