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CutList 4.1.1 -- A More In Depth Lookcomments (27) October 10th, 2010 in blogs
The Cut List plugin written by Steve Racz is one of the more useful tools in my Plugins folder. I use it on nearly every SketchUp project I do these days. In my previous blog entry I announced the release of the latest version of the Cut List plugin. Here's a little more detailed look at it.
One of the cool new features is support for sub-assemblies. For the plugin, a sub-assembly component is the level above the bottom level component. In the model I've used as an example, I've made a sub-assembly of each of the three cabinets and one of the molding at the top. I've selected them in the next image.
Also, a look at the Outliner shows the sub-assembly as C001 in this case and the components underneath that.
And a closeup of the Outliner:
Unless you want all instances of all components to be included in the cut list, select only those you need to have included.
When you run the Cut List, a box will open to give you some options.
Under the "CutList" tab you can choose options for the cut list as well as for the layout diagrams. The '?' buttons to the right open some little boxes to give you help information if you need it.
If Web Page is checked you'll get immediate HTML pages showing the Cut List and/or Layout if you want to see them.
CSV generates a Comma Separated Values file that can be opened in your favorite spreadsheet program. I rarely need all of the info included in the cut list so I will edit out what I don't need in Excel.
CutList Plus creates a file formatted for use in the CutList Plus program.
SVG creates Scalable Vector Graphics files that can be opened in some image editors. when I need the layout images I usually use Inkscape to edit them.
These output options will be saved in the same directory as the SKP file.
You can choose which elements of the model are included in the cut list if desired. Components refers to those elements that aren't included in the Sheet Goods or Parts sections. the Tables section gives you options for how the cut list tables are sorted. I've chose Sub-Assembly for this model.
Force Board Feet allows the table to display volume as board feet instead of cubic meters even if you've used metric dimensions in your model.
The cut list can be sorted into sections that differentiate parts and sheet goods from the other components. This helps to improve the cut list accuracy and make it more useful. Add one of the Part or Sheet Materials words to your component definitions to have them sorted into the proper section of the list. You can add other sort words to those included with the plugin by just typing them into the lines. Click on Save Settings to save those new words.
If you click on the Layout tab you have some options for determining how boards and sheet goods are displayed. You can choose the sizes of the boards you'll use as well as the size of sheet goods.
Click on Run and in a few seconds you'll have the files you've chosen to get.
The lumber will be shown in the first part of the layout...
...and the sheet materials will be shown next.
In the cut list tables the lumber is also listed first...
...followed by the sheet materials and the parts if any. I don't have any parts in my model so there's no parts section in my cut list.
If you choose the Compact table option the cut list will create a single line for each component instance regardless of the sub-assembly in which it resides. You might find it useful to run both versions if your project is complex. Materials, if assigned, will also be displayed. You can use that column in the CSV file to further sort your cut list if desired. Most of my project here has no materials assigned and those that are are just for some detail views in the plans.
I also use the cut list table as a quick method for error checking. The Length, Width and Thickness dimensions are displayed to the precision level you have selected in Model Info. I work with Precision set to 1/64" but I don't intentionally draw parts with dimensions in 64ths. When I am getting close to ready to run my cut list for the plan package, I'll run a quick cut list, web only, no layout, and scan through the dimensions. If I see a dimension showing 64ths or a '~', I will go back to the model and check to see why. Usually it's because I have a diagonal component and the dimension just works out that way. If that isn't the case, however, I make the corrections as needed.
If you haven't used the Cut List plugin, I would recommend that you give it a try it's an easy way to expand your capability with SketchUp. Do keep in mind that the information it gives you is only as good as what you put in. If your modelling is sloppy, you won't get accurate results. The dimensions it reports are derived from the dimensions of the component's bounding box so you'll want to make sure you have the bounding box aligned correctly. See my post on Axes.
If you have the previous version already, remove all of it from your Plugins directory. There should be a folder called cutlistui and a file called CutlistAndMaterials.rb. The new version uses an entirely new structure and so the old won't be overwritten by the new.
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