Working with nested SketchUp components
There are many ways to leverage components to make your SketchUp workflow easier and faster.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while you might already know that I like to use components in SketchUp. There are many ways to leverage their features to make the workflow easier and faster. Recently I was working with some new users in Brazil and showed them how to speed up their modeling using nested components. I thought this might be a good topic for the blog so I did a video demonstrating a few things.
In the video I first show an example of some case work similar to what my students in Brazil are working with. In the second part of the video I’m use the model of a coffee table that will be featured in an upcoming issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine.
If you’re new to SketchUp, here’s a little analogy that will hopefully help you make some sense of this component thing. A component could be thought of as a container. Maybe think of the loose geometry as a chocolate truffle. Putting that geometry in a component is like wrapping the chocolate in foil. A nested component would contain more than one component. It would be like putting some individually wrapped truffles into a box. The nested component can be treated as single object or you can open the nest and get to the components inside and if you open one of the inner components for editing you’ll have access to the geometry.
In the video I used a couple of different extensions to make some modifications to components. If you are interested in them, they are Eneroth Solid Tools and BoolTools2 from Mindsight Studios. You can access both of them through the Extension Warehouse. Eneroth Solid Tools is available at no charge but only works in SketchUp Pro. BoolTools2 is $29 but it works in both SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make.