Over the years of helping woodworkers make the most of SketchList3D, we’ve collected common questions and answered them here for easy reference.
If you make money woodworking, you want SketchList3D Pro. The added features and reports will save you valuable
time in the shop and dazzle your clients with photorealistic testfits. Pro also enables you to export a DXF
file for input into a CAM system.
SketchList3D Hobby is designed for casual woodworkers, who want to create nice 3D designs
for planning and sharing with family and friends. See the full comparison of features on our
SketchList3D is significantly easier to learn than traditional CAD systems. Past users have generated
complex designs within a day or two of downloading the free trial. For Pro users, we offer a
free JumpStart training session, which gets you designing your first piece in less than an hour.
Yes. You can design a wide range of furniture, including any type of cabinet or storage unit.
Yes. SketchList3D Hobby is ideal for beginner woodworking projects, helping you customize the design to your space and preferences.
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SketchList3D supports both imperial and metric units.
There is a library of common pieces included in SketchList3D, and anything you’ve created once can be
saved to your custom library. You can also buy a library of appliances as a
separate add-on from our Pricing page.
No. In order to make SketchList3D as easy to use as possible, it is not compatible with SketchUp.
Not categorically. As you’re designing and moving boards around, occasionally it’s necessary
for board to occupy the same space, and restricting this would impede your progress. For example,
a board with a tenon would bump into a board with a mortise. To ensure boards are not overlapping,
check the board spreadsheet for both boards.
Dovetail joinery is applied to the edge of a board. Start by specifying the height and
angle of the dovetail; then dovetail the surface with the shaping tool.
You can take a board and shape it to affect the curve, however you cannot bend wood in SketchList3D.
We have a clone and space function for holes, so you can take 5-mm or ¼-inch holes and space them every X units.
There are two approaches to dental molding in SketchList3D. One is to cut non-round
holes and then close and space them over a given distance. The other way
is to clone and space a small block.
Yes. By making any drawer, board, door, or assembly into a standard, you can easily call it into other designs.
Hold down the Control key and the left mouse button and move the mouse to zoom in.
You can also hit the “M” key to open a magnified image. Simply hit “M” again
to close the magnifier when you’re done.
Yes. Just follow the steps in this dimensioned shop drawing video.
Check the grain direction of the board and the material to ensure both are going
in the correct direction. If you did not specify a grain direction when you created
the board or material, the SketchList3D optimizer automatically places the boards
to minimize waste, so you may end up with a board grain that is not going in the direction you intended.
Size the door and rabbet all four edges. At the board-level, click the joinery button.
Select rabbet and pick all four edges.
You can edit the sizes and locations of any part from the form in the upper-right or
the spreadsheet at the bottom of the main form. Another option is turn on red dots,
right-click the red dots on the object, and drag the object into the desired size.
The option to "Check for Updates" within the software will advise if you are currently using the latest version.
Should you need to update, please head over to the Download Portal.
Yes. You’ll need to export your project library from the old version and import
it to the new version. This video
guides you through that process.
First, download SketchList3D on your new computer. On your old computer, export
all of the projects you want to save onto an external drive. Activation numbers can only
be used once, so you’ll need to email us to request a new activation key once you’ve
uninstalled SketchList3D from your old device. You can then use this new key to activate
SketchList3D on your new computer and import your projects from your external drive.
NOTE: One purchase of SketchList3D licenses you to use the software on one computer
only. Running SketchList3D on more than one computer is a violation of our licensing
agreement and will result in termination.
Yes. First, uninstall and delete SketchList3D from your previous computer. Then send
us an email requesting a new activation key.
We are currently designing concepts for an iPad version, which may be made available
in the future. Stay tuned for further updates.
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