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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby stumor » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:53 am

Thanks for that message of welcome Mitcorb. I am exploring the ruby scripts and plug-ins for the best ones to suit my understanding and competence so-far. I have successfully installed a plug-in, (follow me and keep) so that fact that my Sketchup working files on my C-drive are still titled Google did not affect this?

My intention is to link my new skills with Sketchup to a website, which gives instruction in a practical application, so at the moment I am exploring this forum to find the best ways to go.

It is a very interesting mental adventure, fortunately I have the time to indulge but not possibly the expectancy of life to get all the way as there is so much here.

In its simplest form my business was putting models in glass cases, constructing a glass case is relatively simple in Sketchup, creating the models that show how different styles of presentation can be used is more difficult.

If the pathway I am treading be of interest to others, I hope to find the niche where I can give back something in appreciation for the knowledge I have gained.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby ch00ch00 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:05 pm

I too, am using SU as a pastime. I'm retired 25 years, from railroading. I was a Locomotive Engineer at a time when the Federal government allowed us to work 16 hours a day, 7 daya a week. It has taken me 25 years to slow down. I dabbled in 2D Cad for all that time. I think I've used almost every free Cad program there is. I bought Autocad, big mistake, very large learning curve. Been using SU for 10 days and I am realy impressed. I have one question to start with. Is there a published opinion of the sequence in architectual drawing. I've tried a few different things, that all make my journey harder after an hour or so.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Jerry42 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:24 pm

Hi all, my name is Jerry and I have had SU8 loaded on my Win XP SP3 machine for awhile but just started playing with it about a month ago.( and when I say playing, I mean playing) I have no drawing background nor engineering skills. My interest stems from my desire to draw and then make plans for RC airplanes(also very new to me). I have spent some time playing with many plugins and am still having trouble trying to make wing rib shapes(airfoils) which I can reliably duplicate and scale to my needs. I have tried Bezier tools and cannot reliably duplicate a perfect shape the next time I try. It is not a one size fits all deal as there are around 4-500 different wing profiles out there and about 6-7 I'd like to master in SU. Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated(please remember no engineering knowledge here).
Thanks for having such a great Forum.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby farflung » Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:37 am

Hi everyone, I'm an architect in Australia. I use sketchup for fairly detailed modelling all through the design stages of a project, I have around 4 yrs experience, although I'm sure I have a few gaping holes in my knowledge! Glad to be here!
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby SketchyJon » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:19 pm

Hello everyone!

My name is Jon and I have been using sketchup for about 6 years and Vray for the last four years. I am attending SketchUp Basecamp 2012 and was wanting to get to know some of the people attending this year.

Look forward to sharing some of my renderings and continuing to enjoyed other people's work.

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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Gaieus » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:40 pm

Hi Jon and welcome!

We have a special subforum for BaseCamp matters so feel free to chime in there as well.

Looking forward to meeting you! :thumb:
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby the_j » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:59 pm

Hello everyone:

I have had sketchup for a while now, and although I have ZERO knowledge of any 3d modelling program or anything of the sort, I made an attempt to create something I would like to use in the very, very near future. heard of shipping container-based homes? well, I have some ideas of my own, and before I decide to actually set a foot on such a risky (and eco-friendly) idea, I tried, again, tried, to make a model of a home using sketchup. after my epic fail, now I realize I need to give my idea to someone who actually knows about this, hehe.

here is what i did so far:






there is many things I am ignoring:
actual sizing of the structure, i have an idea of the interior, but i have no clue of how to do this, in other words, its all outside face look right now.

what do you think?
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Lyconthrous » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:22 pm

I've been using SketchUp for almost 2 years now. I got started by helping Boy Scouts use it to get their architectural merit badge. I've used AutoCad since the stone ages and have a BS in architecture. I've used Solidworks for a few projects. SketchUp has been more a fool around program until the boys started showing me things they've learned from friends and in school. So it's time for me to learn how to use the program better, so I can keep up with the boys. I found this site well researching problems with loading Fredoscale (still looking for the fix) and found out there's more to the program then I 1st thought.

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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Gaieus » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:26 pm

Hi Cliff and welcome.

When I first used SketchUp, I was so proud of a dome I made (by "hand stitching") that I even shared it proudly in the 3D Warehouse. :sketchstatic:

Until I learned how to lathe in SU. :oops:

So there's almost always something new - and it's definitely not a shame from learning from students (but of course, you may want to be a bit more experienced than them).
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Lyconthrous » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:43 pm

I had just redesigned a door for a 14' camping yurts (old SCA design) then finished figuring out the rest of the modifications to the yurts to make it work better, and 1 of the boys shows me 2 plug-ins that would have made things "WAY" easier then doing it with the standard software.

I know what you mean about the warehouse. I've uploaded a couple of solar power components and I should go back and redo them.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Gaieus » Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:26 am

Well, plugins are great but if you really want to master SketchUp, you will need to learn to solve problems "manually" (with the native tools), too. Especially when there is a screwed model already.

Plugins "only" enhance productivity and (without some exceptions) anything you can do with them can be done without them, too. Just much slower and with much less fun of course.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Lyconthrous » Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:31 pm

Well my 2 biggest problems where the eye bolts or eye hook bolts as you might know them by. That took a few days to figure out and get close to right. There still not perfect, but there close enough for the drawing. The 2nd was the roof covering. The biggest problem there was making sure every thing was lined up with the main circle and getting all the rafter in plane. The follow me tool didn't like the over hang of the rafters so I had to do it in 2 passes. Even after making sure the profile was in plane.

In the future I want to do the Khana or wall section. I've gone to the warehouse to see how other people have done it. But it not what I want to do. They've used a flat 2-d surface, which I've thought of a couple of way I might be able to do. But the walls are like a large lattice or baby gate, just in case your not sure how a yurts (or ger) is made. I've been thinking that if I build the wall on the flat, rise it vertical and use a follow line command (not sure if SU has that command), not sure if follow me will do that or if I did something wrong. But that's my next big problem solving mission for SU. Since the boys only use SU and I hardly used SU in the past, I just need to start using it more, like with the yurts project. I started it in AutoCad, then 3-d it in SU. SU has taught me how to do things in AC 3-d better, both are primitives so they do work similar in some ways. I've done very little 3-d in AC or Reveit since I'm used to working 2-d on paper. I still love sitting behind the drafting board drawing things out the old fashion way. Old habits die hard.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby pbacot » Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:40 am

Do you mean you want to show the lattice structure rather than just represent the surface as seen from the outside? I am not sure doing the wall on the flat isn't going to make it more complicated for you. FollowMe won't recreate the structure of the lattice, but if you model a portion of it you can repeat it in a circle using the rotate tool. I am thinking of doing a Tipi as I made them for sale in a past life. I mostly think about it so I will have full strategy to abandon once I actually start. :roll:

Why don't you do a WIP thread in the WIP section of the Gallery?
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Zanna91 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:31 pm

Hey everybody,

I'm new at this forum. I'm working with sketchup by about 3 days, mostly designing interiors and fireplace. I just discovered this forum, and I'm sure it's going to be a great help.

Sorry if my English isn't that good..

Byez :wink:
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby mitcorb » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:59 am

Hi, Zanna:
So far, your English is fine, and Welcome.
As you may be aware, there are subforums here for other languages. But you do not specify your country in your profile?
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Zanna91 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:58 pm

Updated profile. Thanks mitcorb.

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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby tamalita » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:27 am

Hello, my name is Esther and I just started on SU8, I studied graphic design and I have always loved to build, deconstruct and tinker.

I am now going into 3D printing and need to start with modeling in 3 planes instead of 2, so far I seem to be getting the hang of things decently but it never is a bad idea to have the support of others in the same boat as well as the people who know what they are actually doing at all times haha!

I am looking very much forward to learning from everyone here.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby tihz_ho » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:33 pm

Greetings and Salutations !

I'm happy to have recently joined the forum and I'm looking forward to participating in all things Sketchupy.

While I'm not new to Sketchup most of my modelling has been from interior office layouts, simple models and now to more complex models which led me to this forum for some "how the heck do I do this?" information. :)

I hope I'll be able to contribute as well as seek information.

Cheers
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Gaieus » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:55 pm

Hello Esther and "Thiz...",

Welcome and feel free to look around (of course) and ask. :thumb:
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby slgray1944 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:25 pm

Hi
My name is Stephen I am so very new to Sketchup-free and have trouble inserting plugins. Some work and some do not. In this post my question is on round corners. I have spent a few days now trying to make it work. It will not display in Sketchup, I will try to insert a Img file of files on this post. Opps cant do that eather? Oh yes I can!
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby TIG » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:04 pm

You really ought to post in the problem tool's thread.
Have you checked Preferences > Extensions to activate the Tool, and then View > Toolbars to activate its Toolbar etc ??
What are these folders ?
Capture.PNG
The other files/folders seem OK, but without seeing what's inside the Lib... and Round... folders who can tell ?
If you follow the instructions regarding the download, extraction, installation and activation of a specific tool [and the one you are having problems with has excellent guidance] it should be straightforward...
Are you sure you have FULL security permissions to the Plugins folder and its contents... and 'Compatibility Files...' issues aren't rearing their ugly heads...
You could also try getting thomthom's Simple Installer linked through the Plugins Index.
This installs tools for you - they can be in various formats...
All you have to manage to do [just once] is to install the installer successfully... ;)
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby slgray1944 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:40 am

Thank you
I looked inside the Lib... folder and found same name folder inside. I had placed direction inside Additional Folders for Plugins and think it loaded it twice into itself, anyway I removed all traces and used your recommended, thomthom's Simple Installer. and re-installed. Now every thing works. :ecstatic:
Thank You
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby houtman » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:56 pm

Hi Everybody,

My name is Cor Verhoeven and I live in the Netherlands. After my retirement, and working many years with pencil and paper, I started to work with my hands., making some usefull furniture.
I expect SU and this forum will be of great help in designing.

Tnx so far.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby masjanu » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:33 pm

Hi guys...

I've joined today, I hope in this wonderful site, I can get and share a new knowledges in modelling for SU master. I use Sketch Up + v ray for one of my hobbies.

Thanks
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby marina_study » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:38 pm

Hi! I'm Marina (Latvia). Happy to join your community. I use Sketchup for six month yet and it seems to me that i can find answers to my questions here :)
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby rb » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:34 pm

Hi, I finally took the time to register after years of learning using these forums. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all of the info and help. I love that everyone is here to help one another and learn from each other. :D

I have been using SU for about 4 years and still find myself learning new things all the time. I have also been using VRay for a few years and feel like I still have so much to learn! Thanks again! :lol:
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Postby zagor_fp » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:21 am

Hello everybody,

I've just joined, in order to get my hands an a plugin to push and pull curved surfaces.
I'm a beginner and I'll soon need your kind help...!

Thanks in advance
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby evtoma » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:08 pm

Well, it seems I'll be soon addicted with sketchup and sketchucation. Actually is hard to understand how one can remember to eat, rest and have a life with such mind-catalyst and imagination-borderless software :)
Good luck my sketchUcolleagues wherever you are!

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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby blueglass » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:40 am

Just wanted to introduce myself; I'm a math teacher; I've been using sketchup off and on (mostly off) for a few years. Right now I'm working on an animation of how various polyhedra fit together in a sphere. This forum has been quite helpful -- many thanks.

I have a very specific question, which I'll post separately.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby NLS62 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:42 pm

Hi,
Im a designer illustrator flash programmer who wants to expand his limited horizon.
So I started with sketch up as it seemed to fit the best with my previous skills.
One can find some results of those at http://www.dbag.nl/portfolio/ all 2D.
Well thanks for the forum its a big help.

Cheers,

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