## Modelling a Slanted Cone

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"I'm trying to find a way an easy way to draw a slanted cone based on the known radius of the base, a known height, and a known vertical and horizontal angle at which I'd like the cone to lean."

A forum post for which we definitely do not need a plugin but can be done in a couple of very easy steps. In this tutorial, we shall follow some very basic tips how to enter exact dimensions and how to move vertices snapping to guide lines.

## Building a Dome - Part 2

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We have seen how to build the "base" of our dome in this previous tutorial. There we got to the point where we established a so called "hanging dome" by various means of intersecting geometry.

In this current tutorial, we shall add different, further elements that have made great domes of architecture history what they are now although each has its functional role, too.

In this tutorial, we are going to use the very basic SketchUp tools like the Arc, Circle, Selection and PushPull tools only.

## Building a Dome - Part 1

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There are a wealth of different dome structures built during history. In this SketchUp tutorial, we shall examine the different steps towards developing a dome with (eventually) pndentives, a drum and a cuplola (in Part #2) as we can see them starting from Ancient and Medieval times up to the Classic revival (or Classicism) of the late 17th to the 19th centuries.

During the process, we'll use quite basic tools to build simple, basic shapes these magnificent structures are built up from.

## Creating a Cross Vault

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In this SketchUp tutorial, we shall demonstrate the work-flow on how to model a cross-vault (in this case with semicircular vaults) or "groin vault" in an efficient way, avoiding problems that can occur as well as providing tips for more logical and efficient organization of the model.

Here the Solid tools cannot be used for boolean operation so all these things will be accomplished by the "traditional" Intersect tools, namely the "Intersect selected" operation only (as we are modelling with vault thickness).

## Arched Windows in a Curved Wall

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In our latest tutorial, we showed how to use boolean operations when having to cut holes into curved surfaces. Back there, it was a simple, rectangular window - and also small enough not to cause problems with its parallel sides in a cylindrical wall.

In this tutorial, we shall demonstrate, how to add larger windows that "respect" the radial nature of a cylindrical wall in SketchUp - i.e. their sides and even the top will have a certain, widening shape. To make it more interesting, we'll add three windows at a time and they are arched.

## Window in a Round Wall

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In SketchUp, components can only automatically cut holes on single faces as demonstrated in this tutorial. Even when it comes for openings to cut holes on both outer and inner faces of a thick wall, we need to use workarounds as described in this tutorial.

Now as components cannot even cut holes in round surfaces, we need to truly intersect our openings into these objects. In this tutorial, we'll show two ways (one for users of the Pro version and one for those of the Free version) how to cut a simple window into a curved (cylindrical) wall.

## A Few Shadow Tips & Tricks

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In SketchUp, there are a few little tips and often "hidden gems" (even bugs or "nicer to say" unfavourable features) that we can exploit to our advantages. This is also the case with different shadow settings, SketchUp's incapability to display png transparency in shadows and a few others.

In this SketchUp tutorial, we are trying to demonstrate a few solutions with the Shadow tools and settings that are not as common as others and show a "fix" for an often misunderstood problem.

## Window to Cut Hole on Thick Wall

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In an earlier tutorial this week, we demonstrated how to create a basic window (or in fact any component) that can cut a hole on a face. The drawback of a single component is that it can only cut a hole on a single face and walls for instance modelled with real world thickness, have two faces.

In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to create a component (more exactly a complex component) that can cut the holes on both the outer and inner faces of such a wall.

## Face-me Billboard Component

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In this tutorial, we are going to explore how to create a Face-me Component in SketchUp. In other applications, these are often called "billboard" components. Their main feature is that they consist of a single face (although they can be more complex, too) but they always face the camera so we can use them as backdrops in our scenes without having to load high-poly 3D models. Usually they are used in the background however as from closer look, they may not look too convincing and it is often hard to take birds-eye-view shots where they reveal their thin appearance.

## Window to Cut Opening on a Face

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In SketchUp, a component (or as a matter of fact, a group too) can be "glued" to a face and also cut an opening on it. This feature allows modellers to quickly place windows, doors etc. on the faces of a building and immediately make a virtual opening on it without having to physically "cut" that hole on the face. These components can be moved on this face without their cutting feature lost.

Unfortunately, a component can only have one gluing (cutting) plane so a simple component cannot cut only one face which means we need to apply workarounds for thick walls (described in another tutorial).

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