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SketchUp Hatching, Lineweights, Line Styles, and More with 2D Tools – Extension of the Week #44. In today’s SketchUp extension overview, we review an extension that contains a free suite of tools designed to help you model in two dimensions!

posted Dec 29, 2012, 5:59 PM by Sharon Lev [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 6:01 AM] Plugins

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The Drill plugin speeds up the process when making holes, be it a single hole with for certain geometry (standard hole, or countersunk for a screw, or counterbored for a bolt) or better yet for an array of holes like in the following cabinet side with holes setup for shelf pins:



The drill tool can be set to create holes at given diameter and depth and should be operated on existing parts in direct edit mode (not on components/groups). This will result in a pushed hole based on the set parameters which will either be a non through or a through hole in the part worked on.
The drill tool can be used to drill regular holes, or countersunk holes (counter sunk angle is user configurable) or counterbored holes (bore diameter and depth are user configurable).
The drill tool uses imperial units by default (SketchUp default scale), but can be used in metric by supplying the unit identifier after the value (example: 12mm).
The drill tool also provides preset screw sizes holes (8-32, 10-32, etc) by setting the hole diameter to the screw size with a '#' sign prefix (example: #10)
The real power of this tool comes when create an array of holes. as opposed to having to manually create each and every hole individually. you can create any number of holes by using the tool to automate it. There are 2 ways to generate an array of holes. The first is by creating 2 holes with the tool and copying the 2nd one X amount of times (keeping the direction and distance between the 2 holes as the multiplier). The other way is to create the 1st and last holes in the array, and then creating X amount of holes between the 2 limits evenly spaced.
These are just the designed features of the plugin, but with creative thinking it can do so much more.
Here is a short demo showing what this plugin can do:
Compatible with SketchUp 7, 8, and 2013 Pro/Free/Make.