How fast can you model a project in sketchup

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How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby applemango85 » Fri May 19, 2017 8:48 pm

Hi,

I'm getting back into the architecture and general design fields after a long time out and I was wondering if I could ask the people on this forum who use sketchup at work and/or freelancing a general question.

How quickly can you model things on average? (I know it's very 'how long is a piece of string' type question to ask how long you take to model a project so perhaps mention what a typical project is for you for reference - perhaps attach a low res pic)

It's a weird question I know but I've been given some elevations/floor plans of a 3 bed house to turn into a sketchup model and I won't mention how much time I've spent so far as I'm a bit embarrassed (though I will shave a lot of time in the future once I make dynamic components for windows/doors instead of making them from scratch)

I kind of got into a cold sweat of people putting videos on YouTube of them modelling a house in 1-2hrs and would like to know if this is the norm

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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby pilou » Fri May 19, 2017 11:50 pm

There is no norm! :)
All depends of your training! :ugeek:
You will find always someone who goes twice than you! (Confucius) ;)
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby gio » Sat May 20, 2017 4:01 am

It also depends on how much detailed is your model, and large.
I would say that if you use key shortcuts and plugins that save you time you are probably faster then somebody who uses the icons and only the basic SketchUp tools.
Another thing is to know exactly what you have to do and not frequently seat in idle asking yourself what is your next move....
There is really a lot of things to say though.

About what Pilou said, I remember when I was able to play minesweeper and finish the expert level in just a little more then 100 seconds.
After a few years, when internet became available, I checked what the record was and I was ashamed to find out that people was able to finish it in less then 50 seconds!!!! Crazy!

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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby numerobis » Sun May 21, 2017 2:43 pm

applemango85 wrote:(though I will shave a lot of time in the future once I make dynamic components for windows/doors instead of making them from scratch)

If you find a way how to build more complex dynamic objects (rounded edges, textured, etc.) in a reasonable way, i would like to know it ;-) For me they are not usable now and i really can't understand why they aren't at least at the level of dynamic blocks in AutoCAD after such a long time. Would be really helpful for me to have a better dynamic component system...
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby cuttingedge » Sun May 21, 2017 2:58 pm

Mostly depends on how much time you would allow yourself to finish a project. Few of us would model everything (as in everything) and not use ready made downloadable models. I would sometime try to model a sofa for 6 hours and stumbled upon a sofa in the warehouse more detailed and more beautiful that would take me 6 seconds to download..

One has to have his own properly organized library of frequently used components,materials etc. That would surely cut the modeling time.

How fast? I'd say faster than anything I can model in any other software like 3dsmax or Rhino. After say 5 years of doing similar projects, you can have a good guess of how long one project will take you.
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby pbacot » Sun May 21, 2017 7:42 pm

I really don't know how my time compares. I only use Sketchup for studies, presentation and exterior elevations, and I don't time anything. I just know I can account for the time I put in--that it relates well to my time using 2d CAD. At first learning SU this was not so, of course. I think you are comparing how one does a building (not all the furniture etc.). Of course it depends on what you use the model for. Compare the "speed modeling" videos to how Nick Sonder models a building, considering what you can get from the model in the end. Some are just to get an inexact replica of the building, maybe create great renderings, but inexact and only for the pictures. Some are just getting good exterior elevations. Some get a full set of accurate working drawings (which also means holding to certain modeling setups to facilitate the the organization and extraction of 2d drawings). Each approach is going to take different times. see here for another example. viewtopic.php?t=723&p=4194
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby pmolson » Tue May 23, 2017 1:59 pm

cuttingedge wrote:
One has to have his own properly organized library of frequently used components,materials etc. That would surely cut the modeling time.

you.


That above quote is huge factor.

Also, do not believe everything you read on youtube. People lie to themselves all the time about how long things take them.

I have been freelance Modeling as a full time business (residential homes) for the past 8 years and as an employee for many years before that and I can tell you that time is relative.

If you are trying to come up with an amount of time it will take to complete a project in order to sell your services you will need to be very methodical about breaking down what it is you are doing, assign an amount of time you think it will take, and if you get the job, try to meet those goals but don't sweat it if it takes you longer at first.

Just like digging into new software, there is a learning curve to knowing how to bid a job. You may end up making less than you should from time to time, but in the end that is part of the learning process.

As I mentioned above, the library of parts and materials is key. Do not get lazy and be in such a hurry that you do not take the time to properly model parts you know you will use again and get them stored where you can easily retrieve them next time you need them....I need to listen to my own advice on this because I still find myself trying to remember that one project six months ago were I modeled just the thing I need at this moment and I spend 20 minutes opening models looking for it....

Patient, smart modeling first, and speed will come.

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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby HornOxx » Tue May 23, 2017 6:12 pm

I totaly agree with Paul
pmolson wrote:...I need to listen to my own advice on this because I still find myself trying to remember that one project six months ago...
Patient, smart modeling first, and speed will come...p

well spoken ! :)
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby Box » Tue May 23, 2017 6:50 pm

In other words, Learn your trade and the rest will be answered.
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby tuna1957 » Tue May 23, 2017 7:58 pm

Fast enough to keep the boss happy :mrgreen:
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby Lavanta » Wed May 24, 2017 3:42 pm

tuna1957 wrote:Fast enough to keep the boss happy :mrgreen:


Good answer! :lol:
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Re: How fast can you model a project in sketchup

Postby pmolson » Wed May 24, 2017 3:59 pm

Happy boss....?
oxymoron if you ask me...and I am my boss so I should know.
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