A component is like a bit like a block in Autocad and is a great time-saving feature of the program. You can create a component from any geometry created in SketchUp, and it’s used for any repeatable items like doors, windows, machine parts, anything that you use on a regular basis and don’t want to construct each time. We show you how in our SketchUp courses.
A component can be edited and imported into future models. You can either create them from scratch or download them from the SketchUp 3d warehouse. Then modify and resave if necessary. The additional use of components is the ease by which you can modify multiples of an item, like adding details to window frames, for example.
SketchUp does not have an Xref feature like Autocad, but a team of modelers could work on a complex model by subdividing it into components which could be accessed from their network.
You can download Bonus Packs of components for free from the Sketchup 3d warehouse for items like trees and foliage, cars, furniture, people (both 2d and 3d), generic buildings and mechanical parts. And you can also upload your own components to the warehouse for others to use.
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