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Thread: how do i make my sketchup file smaller?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Topeka KS

    how do i make my sketchup file smaller?

    i have made a small table and tried to post it but the file size is 284KB

    i didnt think it was all that complicated of a model but cant get it any smaller. any suggestions?
    Als ik kan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I print mine as a PDF and re-size it.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Sacramento, CA

    A couple easy things first: Go to the components window and use the menu to "purge unused". Also, go to the materials window and do the same. This can go a long way to cleaning up the mess that can be made during the design process.

    Also, reusing components as much as possible can help this. Four legs, for example, can almost always be identical copies of a single leg component. Using rotation and the scale tool, you can get mirror and inverse images of the joinery in that part (if you draw the joinery at all).

    There are some other extreme measures you can do but can make generating a cutlist a little trickier. This involves only drawing half or quarters of a symmetrical part and then copying them, mirror and hide some lines. This gives you the look at a small file size but some of the cutlist generators get confused by this technique.

    Another one is round surfaces. Anything that's curved is really made up of facets. These facets are individual bits of geometry and so the more facets you have the bigger it is. You can adjust the facets of arcs and circles in the Entity Info window.
    Jason Beam
    Sacramento, CA

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Topeka KS
    jason thanks i did a few of the things you mentioned as well as deleted some weird components i dont remember drawing and got the file size down to 129k
    Als ik kan

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