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Sketch Up cabinet construction machining software

Ozan Member

I design a cabinet box (left ,right, top,bottom) in sketch Up and i can export it as , 3ds format, dxf , csv

is there any software out there can import SU model and insert dowels or blind dado into model ?
i don't want import parts each by each dxf or csv format, or Re-build whole cabinet, I want to export cabinet in 3D and open it in other software
than take it from there and insert dowel holes, dado, shelf pin holes ect.

and export it as dxf file to cam software.

because SU is polyline core java scripts , can't do true circle and layers for dxf format, its great 3d modeler and fully parametric possibilities, there is anyway to integrate this software to other ? to do better ?

not cabinets part pro, woodwop,vecric,bobcat,cad code


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Lenny Scianna  Member



Microvellum is currently developing technology that can analyze 3D models from most solid modeling applications, including SketchUp. Once imported, you can add machining and other logic as needed. Then of course it becomes possible to generate G-code like any other Microvellum product. We are all pretty excited about this breakthrough.

If you (or anybody else reading this) are interested, send us a DWG file or SketchUp file and we can test it for you. We can even post the results in a video for you.

Microvellum Solid Model Analyzer

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james mcgrew Member


I asked Moziak and received the following response

"You can import CSV or DXF files into the Mozaik Optimizer and add machining … then nest and G-Code, without any “breakthroughs”

You could also use the Sketchup Model within Mozaik and then create a cutlist for it … but my main question would be, why? Designing cabinets in sketchup is kindda crazy when Mozaik can do it intuitively and add the geometry automatically and then display it in Sketchup automatically …"

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Lenny Scianna  Member


I thought I would clarify something about Microvellum’s Solid Model Analyzer. It does way more than convert solids of single parts into g-code. It will convert entire 3D products of part solids into Microvellum products. So for example if you have already developed a library of 3D products in Inventor, AutoCAD, Sketchup, etc, you could bring them in as a group of parts. This includes each parts’ size, 3D location, and rotation. Parts with notches and/or other geometries get converted into MV polyline machine tokens. Cylinder shapes get evaluated to either be a drilling token if your machine has a matching diameter drill, or become a routing operation.

So the “breakthrough” lies in the fact you can conceivably migrate an existing library of products from another application into Microvellum. From there you can expand on the products and add additional logic, machining, and functionality. Otherwise you would be left starting from scratch.

We need to make another video as this one is already outdated. But you will get the idea. We now can import directly from a DWG file format. This video uses AutoCAD to create the solid, but it could have come from anything.

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It would be nice if Microvelum would finish one project before starting a new one, something my mom taught me. Hint (Toolbox 7)

1/11/14       #8: Sketch Up cabinet construction mach ...

You should really look at the Inventor/Router Cim package, or the Solid Works/Router Cim Package. Both of these are more highly developed and have vastly greater machining capabilities..

1/12/14       #9: Sketch Up cabinet construction mach ...
Earl Morgan Member


CAD software that will import and edit sketchup geometry will real curves/nurbs

TurboCAD ($129)
SpaceClaim Engineer (best import, $2500)
SpaceClaim Spark (Free)
Bonzai3D (Easy to use, 600)
ViaCAD ( $100)
Inventor Fusion (Free, not sure about import quality)
Rhino (~$1000)

Try Fusion and Spark first
Excellent free modelers
But neither can handle Dynamic Components
Actually, I don't know any software that can import sketchup's Dynamic Components. Regular components yes. Dynamic Components, No.
I think they will open 3ds and other open formats.

Not sure about exporting back to sketchup
SpaceClaim Engineer does, very well in fact.

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