Medeek Electrical

1.0.8 - 09.28.2019
1440 installations

Introduction

Welcome to the documentation for the Medeek Electrical extension. Medeek Electrical is a SketchUp Extension that provides a simple interface for creating accurate 2D and 3D electrical geometry within SketchUp. This extension utilizes the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface and is compatible with the latest SketchUp releases (SketchUp Make 2017 64-bit and SketchUp Pro 2019 64-bit) as well as previous versions (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

What Can You Do with Medeek Electrical

Currently, the extension allows the creation of the following electrical elements or fixtures (NEMA):

Switches (Toggle, Decora) [15A]:

Outlets (Standard, Decora) [15A, 20A]: 240V Outlets (Standard) [2-gang box]: Low Voltage Outlets (QuickPort) [1-gang = 1,2,3,4,6 ports, 2-gang = 8,12 ports]: Load Centers (Service Panels w/ Breakers): Light Fixtures (Surface - Wall and Ceiling Mount): Safety Devices (Surface - Wall and Ceiling Mount): Heaters (Wall and Garage): Vents (Ceiling Mount): Estimating: Legend:
All electrical types are drawn/designed utilizing industry standard practices. Additional electrical standards, styles and types are in the process of being added on a weekly basis.

The extension allows the user to create electrical elements and fixtures and will allow editing (currently available for switches only) of each component in future releases.

Electrical geometry is embedded within an existing wall panel (created with the Medeek Wall extension) or a wall "group". As such, the Medeek Electrical extension is not dependent on the Medeek Wall extension and can be used with any wall, roof, floor or ceiling geometry. The extension can now also be utilized with John Brock's Framer plugin.

Custom materials can be enabled in the global settings which allow customization of material/color of wall plates and various electrical elements.



   

Advanced electrical options allows for the rotation of certain elements such as switches, outlets or load centers. The default parameters for each of these advanced options can be specificed with the global settings.

With Medeek Electrical, you can accurately depict typical residential electrical work and better validate your architectural models.

Audience

This document is intended for electricians, architects, engineers, designers and homeowners who are using SketchUp as their primary 2D and 3D design tool. It provides a basic introduction to using the extension and reference material on the available parameters/options for its use.

License and Limits of Use

Medeek Electrical is a proprietary softare developed for use with the SketchUp 3D modeling program. There are currently no limits in its use for both personal and commercial applications.

Design Parameters - Electrical Geometry

The following items are typical electrical design parameters than can be modified by the user to define the electrical geometry during the creation process (Switch):

Additional parameters and options are available for outlets, low voltage outlets, load centers, and light fixtures.

Download Trial

The trial version of the extension has all the features of the full extension however the number of each electrical element (eg. switches, outlets etc...) may be limited to a specific quantity. The trial version is also time limited to a thirty day period from the date of installation. Once the trial period has expired you will no longer be able to create new electricals components however you can always edit any existing electricals elements or features.

If you are a material supplier or vendor interested in advertising within the extension please contact us at sales@medeek.com, the extension currently uses Google AdSense for all ad placement.

Please download the trial extension at the following link (extension serial number is "TRIAL"):

Purchase

The full version of the extension is an unrestricted, permanent license for both commercial and personal use. Installation on up to (3) separate machines per licensed copy is allowed.

Free upgrades to the latest version of the extension can be downloaded at any time, within one year of the initial purchase date, by logging into the Account Manager. Once the initial (one year) license period has expired the license can be renewed for ($15.00) on a yearly basis.

Please note, an active license is not required to continue to use the extension. The extension will continue to function even if the license expires. The only reason to renew your license is to gain access to recent upgrades to the extension and also enable unlimited phone and email support.

Please do not redistribute unlicensed copies of the extension. Download of the extension is available immediately after purchase.

Purchase Medeek Electrical ($35.00) at the following link:

Please login to the Account Manager to download the most up-to-date version of the extension.

For professors, teachers and students requesting a fully licensed copy of the extension for educational use, please send your request via email to support@medeek.com.

If you purchase the extension through a qualified reseller you may be eligible for a discount off of the full purchase price. Please contact one our resellers for more details.

Installation

The recent versions of SketchUp allow you to install zipped Ruby files or extensions (.rbz) directly within SketchUp.

To install the Medeek Electrical extension (.rbz file format) within SketchUp 2016 or earlier:

  1. Login into your computer as an admin before installing any Ruby scripts. This will make the installation go more smoothly and ensure that files get installed in the proper places.
  2. Within SketchUp select Window > Preferences (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Preferences (Mac OS X). The Preferences dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click on Extensions. The Extensions panel is displayed.
  4. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  5. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  6. Click on the Open button. SketchUp will install the extension and display a security prompt.
  7. The extension will display a prompt for your extension serial number (default value is "TRIAL") if this is a new installation.
  8. The Medeek Electrical extension will now appear in the list of available extensions.
  9. Re-start SketchUp to enable the license and serial number and save the settings to the registry or .plist files on Mac.

To install the Medeek Electrical extension (.rbz file format) within SketchUp 2017, 2018 and 2019:

  1. Login into your computer as an admin before installing any Ruby scripts. This will make the installation go more smoothly and ensure that files get installed in the proper places.
  2. Within SketchUp select Window > Extension Manager (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Extension Manager (Mac OS X). The Extension Manager dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  4. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  5. Click on the Open button. SketchUp will install the extension and display a security prompt.
  6. The extension will display a prompt for your extension serial number (default value is "TRIAL") if this is a new installation.
  7. The Medeek Electrical extension will now appear in the list of available extensions.
  8. Re-start SketchUp to enable the license and serial number and save the settings to the registry or .plist files on Mac.

* Note: If you have previously installed the trial version of the extension and are upgrading to the fully licensed version it is not necessary to re-install the extension. To activate the full version of the extension:

  1. Click on the Global Settings icon (three slider bars). The Global Settings menu is displayed.
  2. Click on the License Tab within the global settings. The License Tab menu is displayed with an input box for your serial number.
  3. Enter your serial number (case sensitive) and then click Save Settings button at the bottom of the menu. A popup message will appear confirming your license registration and the Medeek Seal will be displayed.
  4. Restart SketchUp for the license activation to fully take.

Upgrade

If you are a registered user you can obtain the latest version of the extension, at no additional charge, by logging in to the Account Manager. Click on the extension icon and then on your order number, if your order was placed within the last year then you will see a download button which will allow you to obtain the latest version. If your serial has expired since you purchased a license then a upgrade button will appear which will allow you to renew your license at a reduced rate for another year.

Once you have downloaded the new release, completely uninstall the existing extension prior to installing the latest release. Failure to completely remove the existing extension may cause some files to revert to the older version and limit the functionality of the extension.

The Medeek Electrical primary menu has ten icons or sub-menus:



The available items are the following:

  1. Draw Switches:
  2. Draw Outlets:
  3. Draw Light Fixtures:
  4. Draw Low Voltage Outlet:
  5. Draw Load Center (Service Panel:
  6. Draw Safety Devices:
  7. Edit Electrical Component:
  8. Delete Electrical Component:
  9. Estimating:
  10. Change Global Settings:
Note, some menus may show additional items that are either under construction or planned for future releases.


The Medeek Electrical secondary menu has three icons or functions:



The available items are the following:
  1. Draw Heaters:
  2. Draw Vents:
  3. Draw Legend:

Video Tutorials

The following video tutorials are currently available on YouTube:

  1. Tutorial 1 - Extension Overview (16:32 min.)
  2. Tutorial 2 - Light Fixtures (17:50 min.)
  3. Tutorial 3 - Electrical Symbols Legend (13:36 min.)

Sample SketchUp models related to these tutorials and previews can be downloaded here.

Support

View the Medeek Electrical Manual (Under Construction) for detailed information on the extension and its usage.

Please contact support directly at: support@medeek.com

Language support is planned for the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese (Simplified). Translation of the user inteface is currently under development.

Updates

The current version of Medeek Electrical is 1.0.8 - revision date: 09.28.2019.

View the Medeek Electrical Changlog for more information on updates to this extension.

The extension will automatically check for an updated version once a month. The frequency of the "check for updates" can be set in the global settings or disabled entirely.

For a more in depth look at the development of the extension and related discussions please visit the Medeek Forum.

Download previous versions of the extension here.

WARNING: Medeek Electrical is currently under development and has just been moved from BETA status. The user may encounter unintended behavior due to the addition of new features on a daily basis. Always backup your data to separate file names to provide redundancy in case of file corruption or other data loss scenarios.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Medeek Electrical extension please call us at 1-425-652-4188.


Sponsors

Medeek Engineering extends a special thanks to the individuals, companies and organizations that continue to support us in the ongoing development of the Medeek SketchUp Extensions:

Development Sponsors

These sponsors provide an ongoing role in the development of the extensions and whose valuable suggestions often find their way into the various tools and features found within each extension/plugin.

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Gold Sponsors

These sponsors have commited to providing a minimum $300.00 annual sponsorship to assist in the further development of the mdkBIM extension suite.

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Silver Sponsors

These sponsors have commited to providing a minimum $200.00 annual sponsorship to assist in the further development of the mdkBIM extension suite.

ClearPlan Modeling

Bob McCarter, the principle behind ClearPlan Modeling, has over three decades of on-site experience in custom home building combined with advanced skills in 3D modeling software. ClearPlan analyzes the projectís plans and details through this lens of experience and creates a dimensionally accurate three dimensional computer model which shows clearly the home and its major components, including civil, drainage, structural and MEPS.

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Bronze Sponsors

These sponsors have commited to providing a minimum $100.00 annual sponsorship to assist in the further development of the mdkBIM extension suite.

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