3D Modelling in 2022 - New Design Tools
SketchUp 2022’s update gives you new design tools, new efficiencies, and a familiar but better experience. To see all SketchUp has to offer for 3D modelling in 2022, Read On!
Work smarter, not harder in 2022 with LayOut and SketchUp Pro
Search in SketchUp
First introduced in SketchUp for Web, Search is now a SketchUp Pro feature that allows you to quickly find and activate native commands and installed extensions. Instead of spending valuable time trying to find or remember a tool in SketchUp, you can type in the name or workflow-related query such as ‘elevation’, ‘boolean’, or ‘chamfer’ to quickly find it.
If you’re new to SketchUp, this will help you get up to speed on the UI and toolset, allowing you to focus on your design rather than trying to find a tool. Search by name or search for what you want a tool to do in SketchUp and relevant results will appear.
For more experienced users, this will help reduce the amount of screen space devoted to toolbars. For example, instead of displaying all seven Joint Push/Pull toolbar icons, you can now search for ‘Joint Push/Pull’, and all commands associated with the extension show up.
The best way to bring Search (Default Shortcut: Shift +S) into your workflow is to customise the shortcut so the command is easy to find.
Native M1 Support on MacOS
We are now offering a universal installer that enables SketchUp Pro to run on Mac devices with the recently released Apple M1 CPU hardware platform.
Entities Builder Performance Improvements
Generate large amounts of geometry faster using the Ruby API with the new Entities Builder API interface. For users who generate large amounts of geometry, you’ll notice a much speedier process.
Using the existing .obj importer code in the image above, the tower with 22,000 faces imports in 389 seconds, or over six minutes. With the new Entities Builder API interface, the same tower imports in under nine seconds.
Other areas with noticeable performance improvements include using the explode tool, camera clipping, and section planes.
New and improved Modelling Tools
In 2022, we’re speeding up, streamlining, and enhancing workflows by introducing brand-new tools and considerable updates to older ones. You can see the details in our release notes, but here are some highlights.
The Lasso Select tool allows you to draw custom selection bounds without reorienting the camera. You can also create multiple discrete selections in one click-drag operation and select entities much faster with stylus inputs.
Lasso also comes with a new default shortcut: Shift + Spacebar.
A new modifier state for the Move tool (introduced in 2021.1.2), Stamp enables you to make multiple copies of an entity, ‘stamping’ each with just a click. This tool is handy for naturally dispersing objects across a given area. For example, you can quickly place scale figures or other entourage in a landscape design. It’s also helpful in making multiple copies along one axis at irregular intervals, such as displaying crosswalks in an urban design model.
We made a big update to the Freehand tool. With smoother curve entities, you can create organically drawn lines and Follow Me extrusions with more natural variance.
Because Freehand’s output is smoother, the tool creates more segments. Immediately after drawing a curve, you can decrease the segmentation of the curve incrementally. SketchUp provides visual feedback with each increment. Freehand also receives axis locking input to specify a drawing plane,
and it’s now possible to draw across adjacent faces on different planes.
Hot tip: freehand curves are particularly satisfying to create with a stylus.
Tangent Inference Lock
Using the new tangent inference toggles for 2-Point and 3-Point Arc tools, you can now quickly specify and lock arc tangency from an existing edge or arc. Not only is the tangent arc more predictable, but it also allows you to create curved faces in a shorter amount of time.
If you generate architectural visualisation outputs or construction documentation, you probably create a lot of different scenes to communicate the design details. This results in having to visually scan long Scene lists with coded names. With Scene Search, a new search filter adjacent to the Scenes tab, you can now quickly identify and jump to your desired scene.
In 2022, we’re speeding up, streamlining, and enhancing workflows by introducing brand-new tools and considerable updates to older ones. With Auto-Text updates and Find & Replace, LayOut helps you work faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Viewport-based Auto-Text labels
In addition to existing labels that pull entity or component attributes from SketchUp viewports in LayOut, we are introducing new Auto-Text tags that can be selected from the Auto-Text menu in label creation or templated labels.
Tags include <SceneName>, <SceneDescription>, <Scale>, <Ratio>, and <Coordinates()> parameter input.
Page Management Auto-Text
Manually creating and maintaining a table of contents can be time-consuming and error-prone, but it doesn’t have to be with new enhancements in title block management.
Complementing our existing tag, displays the number of pages in a
range you can define. With , users can specify the start page (where a particular range starts), character style, and the last page of the range. This feature is useful when developing an index or table of contents at the beginning of your LayOut document.
With the tag, you can use the name of a page that is not the current page. For example, if you want to display the name of a page in the third position of your document, you’ll input<pagenumber(3)>. Even better, the page name dynamically updates when pages are added, deleted, or re-ordered, saving time when developing and finalising your table of contents.</pagenumber(3)>
A long-standing feature request, Sequence Auto-Text is a new Auto-Text tag that automatically increments when duplicated. These tags are used to annotate drawings and figures rapidly, create numbered drawing titles, legends, and many other use cases that would previously require text editing
between each copy. Like <PageNumber> Auto-Text, you can duplicate and repurpose the Sequence tag as many times as you’d like.
Find & Replace Text
There are several ways to quickly create and copy text across multiple pages in a LayOut document, but modifying text across an entire document has always been difficult. You need to inspect every page and text box of your document. That’s why you’ll love Find & Replace in LayOut! With Find & Replace, changes to text in a selection, a page, or a document is a much quicker process. This not
only helps speed up the quality assurance process, but you can update drawing titles, page numbers, specified building materials, and fix typos more efficiently.