Material Maintenance SketchUp Extension: Review

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Material Maintenance for SketchUp Overview

With Material Maintenance material management per project it is now streamlined under one powerful tool. Below you can see the dialog box that is displayed when you activate the tool.

material maintenance dialog for sketchup

It is an intimidating tool initially but with some regular application it becomes second nature.

How to use Material Maintenance for SketchUp

There are 3 primary areas which allow for a huge amount of tweaking. The top zone, Material to Replace, is where you can target your materials based on selection, model or component along with highlighting these materials using construction lines selections or layers.

material to replace in sketchup

The clever part of Coloured Layer is that it will temporarily create a new layer called _FINDER_ and assign the object to that layer. This means in complex models you can concentrate on where you need to make changes. As soon as you toggle Coloured Layer off the object will return to its original layer.

The centre zone, New Material, contains your applied materials and is used to swap materials out based on what you select in the top zone.

new material replacement in sketchup

The bottom zone, Apply To, is where you get to fine tune your material replacements. Whether you want to completely swap materials on every element or just target components. You can tailor the replacement precisely without having to dig through nested elements in the SketchUp workspace.

applying materials in sketchup

Material Maintenance is one of those true gems that everyone needs in their toolset. To get a complete guide to using Material Maintenance for SketchUp head over to where you can find the .rbz file and some solid instructions.

You can watch this video below to see an overview of what Material Maintenance is capable of.