Sandbox Tools
Sandbox Tools are great for landscape design and stuff like that.
Sandbox Tools

The Sandbox Tools extension implements the concept of a sandbox which refers to a surface that can be generated and manipulated using sandbox tools. A sandbox in SketchUp (and in other 3D modeling tools) is commonly referred to as a triangulated irregular network or TIN in terrain Modeling terminology.  

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If you can't find the extension, you might want to try this:

Window > Preferences > Extensions

And make sure that Sandbox Tools is checked. Then click OK and you are done.

Very simple. It took me 20 mins to realize this.

Good luck

I had trouble figuring out how to access the Sandbox Tools after I installed the extension. I looked for it under the Tools menu, View Toolbars Menu and Window Preferences but did not see it anywhere. I finally figured out how to get it to appear in my Tools menu.

1.In SketchUp, select Window > Extension Warehouse and sign in to the Extension Warehouse.
2.Select My Extensions from the user menu. The Extension Warehouse opens to the My Extensions tab.
3.Find Sandbox Tools in the list of extensions.
4.Click the Enabled button next to the extension whose status you want to change.
5.Click the Apply Changes button, and your extension is enabled.

It turns out the problem was that the extension was disabled right after I installed it.

Just installed 2017 Make, still in 30-day Pro trial period.

On launch, I get these error reports:

Error Loading File C:/Users/David/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2017/SketchUp/Plugins/su_advancedcameratools/actloader.rbe
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File C:/Users/David/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2017/SketchUp/Plugins/su_dynamiccomponents/ruby/dcloader.rbe
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File C:/Users/David/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2017/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rbe
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File C:/Users/David/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2017/SketchUp/Plugins/su_trimble_connect/boot.rbe
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File C:/Users/David/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2017/SketchUp/Plugins/su_webtextures/webtextures_loader.rbe
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.

All the files exist in the locations given, but SU won't load them. I've downloaded afresh and re-installed several times with no variation or improvements. The Checker found no problems.

2016 ran fine with no problems like this at all.

Роман Л's picture

Error Loading File C:/Users/Роман/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/geometryhelpers.rbs
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File C:/Users/Роман/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb
Error: #
C:/Users/Роман/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb:33:in `'
C:/Users/Роман/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb:24:in `'
C:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `require'
C:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `load'
C:/Users/Роман/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox.rb:45:in `register_extension'
C:/Users/Роман/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp

Михаил Г.'s picture

эта проблема возникает из-за того,что имя пользователя написано на кирилице (Роман) и в адресе есть кирилические символы, чтобы избавиться от этого придется переименовывать папку пользователя Вашего компьютера - это непросто, погуглите "как переименовать папку с именем пользователя".

Подругому эта проблема не решается

pop g's picture

hi ~ ! thanks you so much

Миако П.'s picture

Hm, seems like it's not supported Unicode, why? Can't use it, because the windows system made the path name with Cyrillic alphabet....
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Error Loading File C:/Users/Пользователь/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/geometryhelpers.rbs
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File C:/Users/Пользователь/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb
Error: #
C:/Users/Пользователь/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb:33:in `'
C:/Users/Пользователь/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb:24:in `'
C:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `require'
C:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `load'
C:/Users/Пользователь/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox.rb:45:in `register_extension'
C:/Users/Пользователь/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox.rb:45:in `'
C:/Users/Пользователь/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox.rb:29:in `'
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Filippo B.'s picture

Hi, seems not only Unicode, with a newly fresh installation of SketchUp Make 2016 on a Mac, gives the same error also with latin characters...

how to solve? workarounds?
(is the problem caused by the spaces in the path? if so, seems I'm not the only Mac user with problema with sandbox :-) )

Error Loading File /Users/phy/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb
Error: #
/users/phy/library/application support/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/su_sandbox/geometryhelpers.rbs:107:in `initialize'
/users/phy/library/application support/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/su_sandbox/geometryhelpers.rbs:107:in `open'
/users/phy/library/application support/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/su_sandbox/geometryhelpers.rbs:107:in `ReadValues'
/users/phy/library/application support/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/su_sandbox/geometryhelpers.rbs:45:in `initialize'
/Users/phy/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb:33:in `new'
/Users/phy/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb:33:in `'
/Users/phy/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox/sandboxmenus.rb:24:in `'
/Applications/Media/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp.app/Contents/Resources/Content/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `require'
/Applications/Media/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp.app/Contents/Resources/Content/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `load'
/Users/phy/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox.rb:45:in `register_extension'
/Users/phy/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox.rb:45:in `'
/Users/phy/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/su_sandbox.rb:29:in `'

Muhsin A.'s picture

hi
its best software

Újra S's picture

The problem of installing extensions is caused by using non-latin characters (ö,ü, ó, etc) in user account names. What I did was creating a new user account using only latin characters and then I managed to install extensions easily to SU 2016 after logging in my new 'pure latin' account. God save nations with non-latin characters!

Brayan A's picture

fantasticobulostico

yunus A.'s picture

tanks...

Brent G's picture

I am working in SU'16. When trying to use the Sandbox Extension I am able to create the grid, however, when I select the Smoove tool and define the selection radius I am NOT able to make a selection on the grid.

Any suggestions?

Sercan K's picture

this plugin doesn't working on 2016,i installed it but it gives error on uploading stage

kian p's picture

i am on 2016 and it works fine for me.

Taslim T.'s picture

so much thx U

Jagad J.'s picture

@Don W,.

thank's mad...

Hamad M.'s picture

نبي برنامج عالكبيوتر

Jana S's picture

thank you so much!

saad N.'s picture

اذا كنت ترغب بالمساعده .افعل باسرع وقت ...نجد صعوبه بتنزيل الملف

Veronica F.'s picture

How can I install it on my sketch up (I have a mac) ?

BryceOsaurus's picture

Sandbox tools come installed with sketchUp.  See Draw Menu->Sandbox and Tools Menu->Sandbox.

This extension page allows us to upgrade the tools as needed.

~Bryce

Paco M's picture

I can´t install this plugin!
No puedo instalar este complemento!

Aram. j's picture

it didnt downloded someone tell me why please!

흥래 김's picture

good !!

Justina S.'s picture

Thank you!

Luis V's picture

I cannot get the Smoove tool to work on SU2013. I enter the group, select Smoove tool, change the radius to fit within the mesh and I click on the surface... but it does not pull/push the surface. I've been using SketchUp since 2004 so I think I know how to do this. I've deleted and reinstalled Sandbox a few times to no avail. Anybody else with this issue? Any suggestions?

BryceOsaurus's picture

Sandbox should be working fine.  If the tools are not woring it's possible some other extension could be interfering with the extension.  Try disabling any extension that didn't come from Extension Warehouse.

Matthew V.'s picture

Sandbox tools are not working in 2014

LAI SIN Y.'s picture

agree.

BryceOsaurus's picture

Sandbox should be working fine.  If the tools are not woring it's possible some other extension could be interfering with the extension.  Try disabling any extension that didn't come from Extension Warehouse.

Justin L's picture

thanks!

Justin L's picture

thanks!

Carl H's picture

The above works!! ^^^

Don W's picture

OK, I found a fix - maybe never was a problem.
1) Close SU.
2) Go to the SU Plugins folder and delete "su-sandbox.rb" (if it's there. Otherwise, download su_sandbox_223_0.rbz and follow the instructions below.)
3) Open SU.
4) Choose - Window, Preferences, Extensions, Install Extension.
5) Find the su_sandbox_223_0.rbz you downloaded (probably in your Downloads folder), select it and install.
6) After it installs, and while the System Preferences window is still open, scroll down in the window within that window (has checkboxes) to the bottom, where, if everything went according to plan, you will see an empty checkbox by "Sandbox Tools". Check the box and click "OK".

Now, when you pull down the Tools menu, you should see Sandbox at the bottom.

Whew... that was easy!

Preserving Earth's picture

Thanks Don W,
That worked! I hadn't scrolled down to find it in the Preferences window like you suggested.
It was easy after all.

Don W's picture

Same problem. Downloaded, see it in the SU Plugins folder, but doesn't open and is not available in Tools or anywhere else.

Ashley I.'s picture

I am an avid sketchup user of 4 years (not a noob). Out of the blue today, the sandbox tools disappeared, in fact i searched for "sandbox tools"/"push"/"stamp"/etc. in the help search bar and it came back with no results. I tried uninstalling using extension warehouse and restarting the program, with no success. In fact, when I restarted the sketchup and revisited the extension warehouse it says that the sandbox tools are still installed when I just uninstalled them. What the heck is going on? Can someone please advise?

this is just awful! how on earth could we work without a basic tool as a Sandbox is thus the download out from this site seems doesn't to be working!

how do you download extension off this site?????????

Log in to this site. Download button appears.

Christmas S's picture

There are two ways to find it:
1- From the text menu above the icons, you should look under "Tools"
2- In a blank area where the icon tool bars are located, right-click and a text menu will pop-up: You can select what toolbar to view as icons, and whatever is viewed this way is checked. Whatever you don't view in the icon toolbar is unchecked.

If both ways don't work, there might be compatibility issues. I had the same problem with the topography plug-in that converts a shades-of-grey topography map into 3D terrain. I don't remember the name of the plug-in and I can't find it anywhere.

Myon Yi's picture

I´ve downloaded it and intall but I can´t find the toolbar.

LAI SIN Y.'s picture

Same here.

esma t's picture

tu trouve dans outil >bac a sable

Christmas S's picture

When I downloaded Sketchup 2013 the sandbox was already included, it works well and it is always found under "Tools".
Did you try to uninstall sketchup then install it again?

download is not working

Paul M's picture

Download has no target? Is it really being worked on hard as the message suggests? It appears its been this way at least a week...

Alan H's picture

The download button has no target available.

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