How Do I Use SketchUp Profile Builder Plugin?

SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows you to create stunning designs and models. One of the most popular plugins used with SketchUp is the Profile Builder plugin. This plugin enables you to create complex profiles and shapes with ease, saving you time and effort in your design process.


To begin using the Profile Builder plugin, you first need to install it on your SketchUp software. Here’s how:

  1. Download the Profile Builder plugin from the official SketchUp Extension Warehouse.
  2. Open SketchUp and navigate to “Window” > “Extension Manager”.
  3. Click on the “Install Extension” button.
  4. Select the downloaded Profile Builder plugin file (.rbz) and click “Open”.
  5. Once installed, you will see a new toolbar added to your SketchUp interface.

Getting Started

Now that you have successfully installed the Profile Builder plugin, let’s explore its features and how to use them effectively.

Create Profiles

With Profile Builder, you can easily create custom profiles for different shapes. To create a profile, follow these steps:

  1. Select the desired face or edge where you want to apply a profile.
  2. Click on the “Create Profile” button in the Profile Builder toolbar.
  3. A dialog box will appear with various options for creating profiles.
    • Name: Enter a name for your profile for easy reference.
    • Type: Choose between rectangular, circular, or custom profiles.
      • Note: You can also import custom profiles from external files.
    • Size: Adjust the size of your profile using the provided sliders.
  4. Once you have defined the profile settings, click “OK” to create the profile.

Edit Profiles

Profile Builder also allows you to edit existing profiles easily. To edit a profile, follow these steps:

  1. Select the profile you want to edit.
  2. Click on the “Edit Profile” button in the Profile Builder toolbar.
  3. A dialog box will appear with various options for editing profiles.
    • Name: Update the name of your profile if needed.
    • Type: Change the type of your profile (rectangular, circular, etc.).
      • Note: Changing the type may require additional adjustments to size and other parameters.
    • Size: Modify the size and dimensions of your profile as desired.
  4. After making necessary changes, click “OK” to update the profile.

Tips and Tricks

  • Create a Profile Library: Save frequently used profiles as presets for quick access in future projects. Click on “Save Profile” in the Profile Builder toolbar to add a new preset or update an existing one.
  • Combine Profiles: Experiment with combining multiple profiles to create complex shapes and designs. Use SketchUp’s group and component tools to manage your combined profiles efficiently.
  • Explode Profiles: If you need to modify individual segments of a combined profile, you can explode it into separate entities. Right-click on the profile and select “Explode” from the context menu.
  • Apply Follow Me: Combine Profile Builder with SketchUp’s native Follow Me tool to create intricate 3D shapes along paths. Select the path and use the Follow Me tool to apply the profile along its trajectory.

With these tips and tricks, you can enhance your SketchUp modeling workflow using the Profile Builder plugin. Explore its various features, experiment with different profiles, and unlock new possibilities in your designs.

Remember, practice makes perfect! The more you use Profile Builder, the more familiar you will become with its capabilities. So dive in and start creating stunning profiles for your SketchUp models today!