Friday, April 5, 2013

Fantastic New Kitchen Design Plugin

My friend and colleague Eric Schimelpfenig has been working on this for years, and now it's here: SketchThis - a fantastic SketchUp plugin for kitchen designers. Check out the very dramatic teaser vid:

Eric is a professional kitchen / bath designer, and a longtime SketchUp aficionado.  He does training and custom 3D modeling, and now SketchThis is the culmination of his years of experience in 3D. He's a whiz at dynamic components - SketchUp objects you can configure. Dynamic components can be parametric, change materials, have choices of sizes, you name it. I saw his dynamic components demo at last year's Base Camp, and within 50 minutes he built *from scratch* a set of cabinets that any kitchen designer would kill for.

SketchThis has mostly free content, so anyone can download and play around with it. For kitchen and bath pros who want access to the entire content database, there is a $29.99 / month subscription fee - Eric sees SketchThis as direct competition with 2020 (the current industry standard) - and his subscription is WAY cheaper than what you'd pay for a 2020 seat.

Please give SketchThis a try, and feel free to share your feedback ( I'll probably include a project on this in one of my upcoming subscription projects, using the free content of course, so look for that email in the next month or two!

And Eric and I have been planning out a kitchen / bath design book, based on SketchThis, but also to include more general design and planning tips and info. Lots of news to look for in the hopefully near future!

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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