Did you know that PlusSpec for SketchUp has a super powerful tool called the ‘Material Creator’?
What’s so special about the Material Creator?
One of the most powerful features of PlusSpec is that you are able to design, estimate or specify actual building products. These products are the essence of BIM, and are filled with information. They are also an exact, to-scale replica of the actual product. This means that you will reduce design and specification error – and that your clients will be able to see exactly what they are going to get!
Although PlusSpec has hundreds of products from a growing number of Building Manufacturers, it will be a little while (but hopefully not too long) before we have every Building Manufacturer hosting their products inside of PlusSpec.
There may even be times where you simply want the flexibility of using a generic product. And this is the power of the PlusSpec Material Creator. With this tool, you are able to quickly and easily create all of your favorite building products that aren’t yet on PlusSpec – or even generic stuff. Once you have created a product, it is saved to your personal Material Library (which is attached to your PlusSpec subscription).
Hang on. I get a personal Material Library with PlusSpec?
Yes! Every time that you create a custom product, it is saved to your personal Material Library, and becomes immediately available for you to use from the PlusSpec drop-down menu. In other words, you can completely customize the Materials, Selections & Finishes for every tool!
If you have multiple seats under an account, the Material Library is automatically linked and shared across all of the PlusSpec seats.
And, you can even share your Material library with other PlusSpec users (such as, consultants, peers, etc). Awesome, right?!
How long does it take to create a product?
Like most things in life, the first time is the hardest. But once you have done it a couple of times, it gets super easy.
A single product (that is scaled correctly, with the correct thickness, name, brand, etc) should only take you a couple of minutes!
The hardest part is finding or creating the right image for your product.
Okay. How do I use the Material Creator?
You can create products in all of the PlusSpec tools, such as: the wall tool, the floor tool, the roof tool (you get the picture).
Simply open the tool that you want to create the product for, such as the wall tool. Next, open the tab ‘Materials Selections & Finishes’. Next, select a product from the list and then press the button ‘Create/Manage’.