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Retaining the default size in Sketchup

Discussion in 'General Talk' started by centurian, May 30, 2016.

  1. centurian

    centurian Well-Known

    Dec 31, 2014
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    Trying to use Sketchup and Sketchucam to get the Gcode for my Ox, but I'm having trouble keeping the default size. When I transfer the drawing from Inkscape its 609.6mm wide and 914.4mm long (2' X 3').

    But after getting it into Sketchup its 4ft wide and 9ft long. I've tried changing the default dimensions but every time I use Sketchup the sizes change back to feet again.

    Its Sketchup 2015.

    Any suggestions.

  2. JustinTime

    JustinTime Master

    Dec 18, 2013
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    I think that there are two issues here.
    The first, when you transfer from Inkscape to SketchUp the size changes. That happens to me all the time and the fix is easy. I use the measuring tape tool (press T on the keyboard) and measure a known part. I then type the dimension it should be and hit enter. A pop-up should come up asking if you want to change the whole drawing end hit return, I think, or just click OK. Now the drawing will be the right size. Don't forget to make sure you are in mm if you enter mm or in inches if you are entering inches.

    Second, default dimensions. Open SketchUp, make the dimensions the one you want and save the empty drawing by going to the File tab and choosing 'Save as Template'. I haven't done it in a long time but I think that there is a question about making it the default template, but don't quote me on this. Now when you open SketchUp it will open in the dimensions that you want.
  3. David the swarfer

    David the swarfer OpenBuilds Team
    Staff Member Moderator Builder

    Aug 6, 2013
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    I take it you are importing a DXF file?
    if so, you have to set the units BEFORE you import, not Sketchup's units, the DXF importers units.

    or, just draw it in Sketchup in the first place? click rectangle, click and drag on the XY plane, type 2',3' in the entry box and press enter. exact 2x3 foot rectangle, done
    (no matter what the current units are set to in Sketchup you can override them by adding the ', " or mm modifier when you type the value, the only time this breaks is when you have fractional inches, then it does not always work)

    to change the default units for Sketchup you have to select the correct template. For Sketchucam you want either decimal inches or millimeters. I use 'Woodworking - millimeters' but you can use one of the inch templates, though it looks like you will have to change to decimal format since they default to fractional. There must be a way to save it the way you want it, just Google it.

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