Creating Knurled Patterns

Enjoy drawing parts and in some cases these parts have a hatch patterns where they cross over each other in a diagonally pattern such as tools where its easer to hold on to. Does su have this capability or in a plugin? Or does it create a file to big to share with the warehouse.

You can open the materials directory in SketchUp, scroll to materials and you will see a selection of hatch patterns that are readily available to use. If none of these is to your liking, other hatch patterns may be located online, many are free and others are reasonably priced.


I don’t fully understand your question. But if you need traditional hatch patterns for use in SketchUp you can use the Skalp Pattern Designer to easily create your own patterns. The Skalp Pattern Designer is part of the Skalp for SketchUp plugin ( With the pattern designer you can create tileable texture from AutoCAD pattern files. This patterns can be used in SketchUp and in Layout.

You can also download our 120 Free Skalp materials from the 3D Warehouse:

Thanks everyone this is the hatch pattern I was referring to. It would have to apply to contoured face

Do you want a 3D hatch or just 2D hatch placed on the faces?

Not sure, I would like it to look like the picture

In fine woodworking, such as a gunstock, it’s termed Checkering.

In metalworking, such as lathing a handle for a tool, it’s termed Knurling.

Expand you knowledge and proficiency with SU’s native tools before you delve into plugins.
Here’s a bit more complex example I created with the native tools for a post in the old forum.

Pineapple Mold.skp (1.0 MB)


Thanks I will study what you sent me

Ok that’s what I’m looking to do. That’s awesome. I will have to spend some time trying to learn how to perform this!

Here’s something more akin to the image you shared.
A linear array and then a radial array of little diamond components.
Have a look and feel free to ask followup questions.

Knurling.skp (494.0 KB)

Copy and Array

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Geo thanks for your help. Its nice to know folks like yourself are there to answer questions

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I was able to perform the method that you had shown me. It took me some time to get it just right. I have a follow up question on the other object in this drawing that has an odd shape that I would like to perform this knurling on. Any ideas?

If you view the tapered object in your model with Hidden Geometry on you’ll notice it’s twisted.
Click through the scenes in this model to see how I went about it.

Knurling 2.skp (111.7 KB)

I also couldn’t help but notice you’re using layers incorrectly.
Always keep the Default Layer 0 the active layer.

Does SketchUp Support Layers? — SketchUp Help


Ok I will study and learn.


Also look at your face orientation.
All the blue/grey faces should be on the inside and the white on the outside.

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Thanks for the info and tutorial steps GEO this was a very cool discovery as I am working on a revolver and had no clue. As to how I would apply gripping to the handle. A modern option is a rubberized S or paperclip pattern to replicate the pads of geckos feet, but this is needed for all the cross cut knurling on hardware as well as the grips. Double bonus points to you…Thanks, and …Peace…

I tried Geo’s way and a few other methods to achieve the same results; this is what I came up with; Knurling 3.skp (300.1 KB)

If you were clever with the “toothing” bit then you could vary the depth and spacing of the kurnels (?) to better effect, depending on the shape.