M1 Chip for Mac update on timeframe

Yes. This is a point that many non-programmers don’t understand. Tweaking an existing algorithm (or hardware) generally brings only incremental improvements. Big changes come from finding a completely different way. In this case, the big change was the Apple Silicon M1 architecture, which executes around twice as fast as Intel. Changing from the Rosetta 2 translator to a native implementation will bring a much smaller improvement because Rosetta 2 is already pretty efficient.

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I modelled as little as possible. Cabinets are for the most part only boxes with no interior. This was not a project where any fancy renderings were needed, just the information that the cabinetmaker needed.

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This is a typical kitchen design that can be 200mb+

I have a feeling your materials might be very large images (wood, tile, rugs, marbles, etc). There are many ways optimize their resolution and file size so that they don’t bloat your model.

How complex (in terms of edge and face count) are the stove grates, burners, and racks, the sink faucet, the spoons in the bowls, the cabinet knobs, etc.? If they are complex, is it necessary? Probably not unless you zoom in and want a beautiful picture.


The devil is in the details. Check everything you don’t model yourself. I don’t know exactly which downloaded components you have used but the range, for instance, might be the one someone else also had inadvertently used, where even the numbers on the knobs were modelled in 3D text. And some people model their doorknobs with hundreds of arc segments… and so on. Today the Warehouse shows you the critical data (file size, number of faces and edges) to check before you click Download.


Do you switch to a simpler render mode when you are modelling? Turning off shadows and using “Shaded” rather than “Shaded with textures” can make a big difference.

I haven’t but I will give it a try thanks

Another thing to speed up modelling is to turn off Profile edges in the Style.

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Even better, use monochrome.

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While designing then switch back to standard??

Yes. Set up a scene for Modelling, and save the style. Then use other scenes for different views - plan, elevation, perspective, detail, etc.

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What is it you mainly use SketchUp for?

I use SU mainly for amateur theatre set design, woodworking, and 3D printing design.

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