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Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby randallwise » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:46 pm

Is there a command in SU like the array command in AutoCAD? I need to design a very large pergola for a commercial project. What is the best way to design? In AutoCAD I simply draw my first truss then use array to copy in pre-determined dimmensions.

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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Krisidious » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:46 pm

in the rotate command.... hit ctlr for a copy...
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Rodentpete » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:47 pm

After a copy/rotate or a copy/move type x2, x10 (or whatever number) for however many copies of the process you want.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby sorgesu » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:47 pm

BTW, you can also copy/rotate ( or move/copy for that matter) and place your copied item to the outermost extreme of where you want the last copy and then input 2/ or 10/ to divide the space in between by multiple copies ( internal array as opposed to external array)

Also when you do the external array do 2x NOT x2 as x may be read by SketchUp as some other command if input first.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby tomsdesk » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:47 pm

Susan, I did not know about the internal array...this will be a big help when I know the number of spaces but don't want to figure the distance. Thanks!
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby sorgesu » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:48 pm

Warms the cockles of my soul. Pleasure!
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby tomsdesk » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:48 pm

That's why I keep hangin' around with you kids...learn something new most every day. Happy Birthday, BTW!
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby sorgesu » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:49 pm

Thanks Tom. I'm afraid that my birthday proves that I'm no kid. Sigh.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Gaieus » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:49 pm

Well, I miss half a day and everything is answered...
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Anyway, have a look at the "Making linear arrays" with the move tool and "Radial arrays" with the rotate tool in the SU Guide (both are somewhere half way down the pages).
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Sawduster » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:50 pm

I recently saw a nice tutorial using the radial array to make the copies for an animation of a door opening. Very cool.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Cengalo » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:50 pm

HI SAWDUSTER

do you remember where you saw it?

Thanks!

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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Edson » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:51 pm

hi randall,

what you probably want to do is to create an array in which one single instance can be turned into an arrangement of objects in rows and columns, right? i do not think SU can do it in a single move. first you have to copy the object along a row (horizontally) then you select the entire row and copy it vertically. see the attached "tutorial".

tut_array.skp
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Jean-Franco » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:52 pm

Hi All,
I think the tutorial mentionned by Sawduster is a video on Design, Click and Build made by Dave Richards. The title is "Animating Your SketchUp Models".
Here is the link: http://blogs.taunton.com/n/blogs/blog.a ... esignforum
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Cengalo » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:55 pm

Thanks

for your interesting links. I wasn't aware of the interesting SketchUp/woodworking infos at blogs.taunton_com. It's a lot of brainfood there for the winter coming.

Bert
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby tinanne » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:56 pm

ok, I've tried it several times and read the tutorial. What am I missing..... trying to do an array.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Tobobo » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:56 pm

Don't worry i had it hard at first to. Use Edson's skippy, and try 5x for multiple and /5 to divide the gap.

Keep trying it'll happen
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Edson » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:57 pm

tina, who are you talking to?

and what exactly are you trying to do and cannot do?
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby tinanne » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:57 pm

I was talking to anyone :) I have tried this before awhile ago and now again, but have never been able to get it to work.

I'm not doing it for any specific project. Just want to know how to do it as the occasion arises.

Thanks for your help :)

oh, just trying to do a circular array of any ole' object :)
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Gidon Yuval » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:59 pm

Here's a little tutorial. The methode is the same for linear or radial arrays.
Hope it helps.

Array tut.skp
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby linea » Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:59 pm

Thanks, Susan, Gidon, Edson.

I had tried this before but could'nt really get the hang of it. I have a project to draw a fountain that will involve lots of concentric circular arrays. I can't wait to get on with it now! I'd struggle to draw a box if it wasn't for this forum.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Edson » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:00 pm

bravo, gidon. much more precise than the one i posted above.

the same principles explained by gidon in his tut on linear arrays apply to radial ones: just instead of a distance one would enter an angle.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Gaieus » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:01 pm

Edson Mahfuz wrote:...the same principles explained by gidon in his tut on linear arrays apply to radial ones: just instead of a distance one would enter an angle.

or start the copy/rotate by hand, snap to an endpoint on the circle and then hit the x-something or /-something... Good to create radial arrays that perfectly align to your (customly segmented) circles.
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby tinanne » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:01 pm

WooHoo! I did it! Thank you so much Gidon!! and Edson! Very cool! :)
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Gidon Yuval » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:04 pm

Good for you, Tina!
I don't know if you did a linear array or a circular array so I thought I'd add a circular array tutorial just to be on the safe side.

Circular array tut.skp

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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Tobobo » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:06 pm

Ooooooo! Clever
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby tinanne » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:06 pm

Thanks again Gidon. I did the circular array. I just wasn't typing the "formula" in the right order. Very cool, I'm exciting. This will make placing corbels on a turret MUCH easier!
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Gaieus » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:07 pm

tinanne wrote:...Very cool, I'm exciting...

Hm...
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby tinanne » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:07 pm

LOL! WOOPS! :oops:
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Re: Array or Copy Multiple?

Postby Gaieus » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:08 pm

BTW Tina, are there really turrets (over) there? Here I could show you a real 12th century corbel though...
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