Skalp for SketchUp: A Powerful Tool for Creating Stunning Sections
If you are looking for a way to create professional and beautiful sections in SketchUp, you should check out Skalp for SketchUp. Skalp is a plugin that adds a live section tool to SketchUp, allowing you to create cross sections, hatches, styles, patterns and more with ease and flexibility.
In this article, we will show you some of the features and benefits of using Skalp for SketchUp, and how it can improve your workflow and presentation.
What is Skalp for SketchUp
Skalp for SketchUp is a plugin that was developed by two architects from Antwerp (Belgium) with a passion for 3D and computers[^1^]. They have more than 20 years of experience in architectural design, including some years of software development for TriForma (MicroSation) and Architecturals (IntelliCAD).
Skalp has been designed and built as an easy to use yet powerful live section tool. It represents the key missing features needed to realize a long standing dream: Create your stunning plans and elevations inside SketchUp[^2^].
Skalp works with SketchUp 2014-2019 versions, and has three different license options: Skalp Educational, Skalp Pro and Skalp Trial. You can download Skalp from their official website or from SketchUcation.
What can you do with Skalp for SketchUp
Skalp for SketchUp allows you to do many things that are not possible or very difficult with the native section tool in SketchUp. Here are some of the main features and benefits of using Skalp:
True cross sections: Skalp creates solid, hatched sections that update automatically as you edit your model. You can also assign different styles to each section by layer, material, hatching or tagging.
Stunning Skalp styles: Skalp comes with a variety of predefined styles that you can apply to your sections, or you can create your own custom styles with the Skalp Pattern Designer. You can also use different scales, colors, transparencies and line widths for your patterns.
Custom Skalp Pattern Designer: Skalp allows you to create your own seamless pattern textures that adapt to the drawing scale and orientation. You can import standard CAD patterns or create your own from scratch. You can also texturize your model in a creative way with aligned patterns.
Game changing workflow: Skalp integrates seamlessly with SketchUp and LayOut, allowing you to export your sections as vector graphics or raster images. You can also use the innovative Rear View Projection feature to show the back side of your model in your sections. Skalp also supports rendering engines such as V-Ray, Thea Render and Twilight Render.
How to get started with Skalp for SketchUp
If you want to try Skalp for SketchUp, you can download a free 14-day trial from their website or from SketchUcation. You will need to register an account and activate your license online. You can also watch some tutorial videos on their YouTube channel or read their user manual on their website.
If you want to purchase a license, you can choose between Skalp Educational (15 â / year), Skalp Pro (98 â) or Skalp Trial (Free). You can buy them online with PayPal or credit card. You will receive an email with your license key and instructions on how to activate it.
If you need any support or have any questions, you can contact the developers via email or visit their forum on SketchUcation. They are very responsive and helpful.
Skalp for SketchUp is a plugin that adds a live section tool to SketchUp, allowing you to create cross sections, hatches, styles, patterns and more with ease and flexibility. It is a powerful tool that can improve your workflow and presentation in SketchUp.