In my 10-6-2012 issue of Chiefwoodworker’ Newsletter on page 15, I wrote at length about my Trimble SketchUp Ruby Script plugin called CutList Bridge (Version 2.2). As its name implies CutList Bridge permits quick and efficient cut list creation by exporting SketchUp dimensions and other key component attributes to a .csv file. This .csv file can then be imported into CutList Plus fx or any application supporting the comma-separated-value format, such as Microsoft Excel and Open/Office.
In the case of exporting to the latter two applications decimal equivalents of thickness, width and length can be exported. This permits the user to add equations in the spreadsheet to calculate board feet, area, total sheets, linear feet or weight. CutList Plus fx will do all but calculate weight on its own. The Base Cabinet shown above left produces the following cut list when exported to OpenOffice. Note the organization by material type (Rough Lumber, Dimensioned Lumber etc.), Sub-Assembly and Description (component). Click on the images to see larger formats.
Downloading CutList Bridge
CutList Bridge can be downloaded and installed by following the highlighted link; the target post will always host the most recent version of CutList Bridge.
Overview of CutList Bridge
CutList Bridge adds two export commands to the File menu and one dialog box to the Window menu of Trimble SketchUp. The export commands are:
- Export to CutList Plus fx
- Export to Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice
The dialog box is called Extended Entity Info and as its name implies is complements and extends the Entity Info dialog box.
When CutList Bridge is installed, as indicated by the availability of these commands and dialog box, a basic cut list can be produced simply by selecting one copy of your model using the Select tool and then choosing one of the export commands from the file menu. Simple as that.
However, the Extended Entity Info dialog box can be used to assign additional attributes to your components, which will produce a richer and much more useful cut list. This first video tutorial will show you how to create a basic cut list and then embellish the cut list with material types (rough lumber, dimensioned lumber, sheet good and other items), material names (cherry, walnut etc.), sub assembly groupings and notes. Subsequent video tutorials will show you how to assign attributes helpful for cabinetry and architectural models.
Downloading the Video to Your Computer
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Viewing in Your Browser
You may find it easier to view the video in full screen mode. Start the video before selecting this mode. To enter full screen mode click the little screen icon at the bottom of the video player. When in full screen view hold your cursor near the bottom of the screen to access the video player’s controls. Exit full screen mode with the Esc key. This part is approximately 33 minutes long. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!