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Separating out Parts

I've designed a workbench for my garage in sketchup, and was wondering if there was a simple way to create drawings for all the parts? Specifically, I'm looking for something that I can use to show all the various holes and features that need to be cut, with dimensions.

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I've installed CutList, but that seems more geared towards making a shopping list of raw materials, rather than a parts list.

Thanks in advance.
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All your parts should be drawn as separate components.

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By separate components, do you mean separate .skp files?

I have made separate components out of each piece that would be separate (i.e. 2x4x31" or 18x96x3/4"), but I haven't seen a way to isolate that component, and make a fabrication drawing for that component.

I'm basing this on my experience with solidworks, where you can open a component up and make a drawing that shows all the pertinent features of the component. And the dimensioning and notes don't show up when that part is placed into the assembly.
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Highlight your component and "hide all."

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Does the free version of sketchup show the dimensions? I haven't figured out how to turn that on.

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Ok, so after some googling, what I'm looking for is not currently supported by SketchUp.

Yes, I can isolate a component, and yes, I can dimension a component. But to dimension every component as one should for fabrication drawings, then use them in an assembly, would just cause incredible amounts of clutter at the assembly level.
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Does the free version of sketchup show the dimensions? I haven't figured out how to turn that on.
yes Steve, it will show the dimensions, you have to use it like a ruler to put them where you want them.
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Now you have me confused...

Create "scenes" with your dimensioned parts.

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I've designed a workbench for my garage in sketchup, and was wondering if there was a simple way to create drawings for all the parts? Specifically, I'm looking for something that I can use to show all the various holes and features that need to be cut, with dimensions.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...o-4-6-2014.jpg

I've installed CutList, but that seems more geared towards making a shopping list of raw materials, rather than a parts list.

Thanks in advance.
as you build a project in sketchup you need to make each part and save them each off as a component. You can go to the help and it will show you better than I can
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I use layers for individual components and groups so that I can simply turn on/off views in one skp file.

I came across this video that I thought might help you and although its doesn't address your question exactly, it may provide some insight.


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Now you have me confused...

Create "scenes" with your dimensioned parts.
Spot on. Im brand new to sketchup and have been youtubing the crap out of it. I realize this is a little older thread but with this video
I was able to explode all my components in scenes for a buffet im building. I basically created a layer for each component and then a duplicate layer for the exploded view. Ex. "drawer" and "exploded drawer. Then start making scenes. I recommend trying this immediately after watching the video because there were a lot of little things I forgot and got frustrated trying the next day. Had to watch again and it was pretty simple. The only issue I seem to be running into is I get copy happy and when I try the cutlist plugin I find I have 4 occurrences of things you don't see because they are stacked.
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