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Native Commands vs. Extensions: Modeling a Bag of Chips

"What's the best way to..."

Sound familiar? That's the way so many questions start when someone asks for help with SketchUp. I almost always go with the standard answer of, "The best way to do it is the way that works best for you!" While this is true, it does beg the question: "Is it better to do with an extension?"

Well, let's dive in and answer that question! I figured I should take a shot at modeling something a little off the beaten path. I decided to model a bag of chips; once with native tools, only, and once with the help of extensions.

First up, modeling using only tools that can be found with a default installation of SketchUp Pro!


Native tools, only!

So... that went pretty well! 

Now, let's take a look at how the whole process would change if I were to use a couple extensions. Specifically, these extensions:

Soap Buble and Skin from Josef L

Vertex Tools from Thomthom

FredoTools from Fredo6

Same model, but any extension you want!

Well, it looks like there was a difference! I guess this is an example of the old saying, "the right tool for the job!"

Now, if you get a job modeling bags of chips, you'll know exactly what to do!

About the Author

You probably recognize Aaron from those videos on YouTube. Turns out, he can write sometimes, too! Aaron has years of experience with SketchUp and enjoys using it for both professional and personal projects.

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