SketchUp Tutorial | Construction Tools

  • These tools will provide you with some quick and easy ways draw up your model with accuracy and speed. We will start by adding the view toolbar, View->Toolbars, then select the Construction box. This will bring up a tab that looks like this icon:

  • Measuring tape, this tool allows you to create dotted construction lines along your model to then use as a pattern to draw lines. To use, select the tool from the toolbar and left click once on a line segment to start the construction line, then select another point/line segment to finish it. Icon:

  • Dimension tool, this tool allows you to find the distance between two lines or objects, can be used for documentation or notes to yourself. To use, select tool from toolbar and left click a point in your model to find the starting point of your dimension, then left click again at another point to finish it. Icon:

  • Angle measurement tool, this tool is very similar to the measuring tape, this tool will allow you to find the angle of an object or line. To use left click once at a point to start and left click again to finish it. In the lower right hand corner of your screen it should show you the angle of the object you measured. Icon:

  • Text string, this tool allows you to add notes to your model that has a line segment from what you attach it to with a note box at the end. To use, select the tool from the tool bar and hold right click from a point you want to add a note to. To change the text box double tap left click and this will let you change the note. Icon:

  • Reorientation tool, this tool allows you to move the orient axes. To use, select tool from toolbar and left click on a point to place, left click again to set the direction of the red/green axes and once more to set the direction of the blue axes. Icon:

  • 3D text, this tool allows you to create 3D text in your model. To use select tool from toolbar, this will bring up a window where you can enter the text as well as changing the font, size and angle of the 3D text. Icon: