How Do You Repeat a Copy in SketchUp?

Are you looking to repeat a copy in SketchUp? Well, you’re in luck!

SketchUp offers a simple and efficient way to duplicate objects and components, allowing you to save time and effort. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of repeating a copy in SketchUp, step by step. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Select the Object

To begin, select the object or component that you want to duplicate. You can do this by using the Select tool (shortcut: Spacebar) and clicking on the desired object or component. Once selected, it will be highlighted.

Step 2: Copy the Object

After selecting the object, you can proceed to copy it. There are multiple ways to do this:

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, simply press Ctrl+C (Command+C for Mac users) to copy the selected object.

Method 2: Using Toolbar Icons

If keyboard shortcuts aren’t your thing, you can also use the toolbar icons. Look for the Copy icon (which looks like two documents stacked on top of each other) and click on it.

Step 3: Paste the Copy

Once you have copied the object or component, it’s time to paste a duplicate of it. Again, there are a couple of methods available:

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

To paste the copied object using keyboard shortcuts, press Ctrl+V (Command+V) wherever you want to place the duplicate. Make sure you position your cursor in the desired location before pasting.

Method 2: Using Toolbar Icons

If you prefer using toolbar icons, look for the Paste icon (which looks like a clipboard) and click on it. Then, click on the desired location to paste the duplicate.

Step 4: Repeat as Needed

Now that you have successfully copied and pasted your object or component, you can repeat this process as many times as needed. Simply select the newly pasted copy and repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create additional duplicates.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some additional tips and tricks to enhance your copying experience in SketchUp:

  • Move tool: Once you have pasted a copy, you can use the Move tool (shortcut: M) to precisely position it in your model.
  • Aligned copies: If you want to create aligned copies of an object or component, use the Move tool while holding down the Ctrl key (Option key for Mac users) after selecting the object or component.
  • Numerical input: For even more precise control, consider entering numerical values for movement or rotation in SketchUp’s VCB (Value Control Box). Simply type in a value followed by an axis letter (e.g., “10m” for moving 10 meters).

Congratulations! You now know how to repeat a copy in SketchUp.

This handy technique will save you time when working on complex models or when duplicating objects with precision. So go ahead, experiment, and enjoy the benefits of copying and pasting in SketchUp!