SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows you to create anything from buildings to furniture. But sometimes, you may want to add some smoothness and realism to your models by rounding off the sharp edges and corners. That's where RoundCorner plugin comes in handy.
RoundCorner is a plugin developed by Fredo6 that lets you perform the rounding of the edges and corners of 3D shapes along a 2D profile, in three modes: Round, Sharp and Bevel. You can also create concave corners and non-orthogonal edge faces with this plugin.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use RoundCorner plugin for SketchUp, and give you some examples of what you can do with it.
To install RoundCorner plugin for SketchUp, you need to have LibFredo6 installed first. LibFredo6 is a shared library that contains common functions used by Fredo6's plugins. You can download LibFredo6 from SketchUcation Plugin Store.
After installing LibFredo6, you can download RoundCorner from SketchUcation Plugin Store as well. You can either use the SketchUcation Plugin Manager to install it automatically, or manually copy the files to your SketchUp Plugins folder.
Once installed, you will find RoundCorner under Tools > Fredo6 Collection > RoundCorner menu, or in the RoundCorner toolbar that you can activate from View > Toolbars.
How to Use RoundCorner Plugin for SketchUp
To use RoundCorner plugin for SketchUp, follow these steps:
Select one of the modes from the RoundCorner toolbar: Round, Sharp or Bevel. Round mode creates rounded edges with round or sharp corners. Sharp mode creates sharp edges with round or sharp corners. Bevel mode creates beveled edges with round or sharp corners.
Pick the edges you want to round by clicking them. You can also click a face to select all of its edges, or a vertex to select its connected edges. To deselect an edge, click it again.
Press Tab on your keyboard to bring up the Parameters dialog box. Enter an offset distance and the number of facets (segments) your new rounded edges should have. You can also adjust other settings such as extension mode, corner type, selection filter and preview mode.
Click OK to close the dialog box.
Click somewhere in empty space to run the script and create the rounded edges.
You can undo or redo the operation by using Ctrl+Z or Ctrl+Y keys. You can also edit the parameters of an existing rounded edge by selecting it and pressing Tab again.
Examples of Using RoundCorner Plugin for SketchUp
Here are some examples of what you can do with RoundCorner plugin for SketchUp:
You can create a boxy sofa and use RoundCorner to soften it up.
You can create a text object and use RoundCorner to make it look more realistic.
You can create a ship model and use RoundCorner to add details and curves.
You can find more examples and tutorials on how to use RoundCorner plugin for SketchUp on SketchUp Blog, SketchupPost, The SketchUp Essentials, and SoundCloud.
RoundCorner is a useful plugin for SketchUp that allows you to create rounded edges and bevels in your models. It is easy to install and use, and it offers a lot of options and 0efd9a6b88