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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby TIG » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:58 am

hirschma wrote:Long term lurker, coming out of the shadows.
I've been using SketchUp for product design. Finally getting somewhere. Here's a sample of something I was working on recently..
So, hi everyone!
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Hi, looks quite well worked out...
What is it exactly ?
A couple of tips.
[I realize its a 'wip' ;) ]
You have some 'blue' [back] faces showing in the view - reverse them so all of the visible faces are the right way round - it can cause problems later with many 3rd party renderers...
If the object is a proper manifold solid [without internal 'partitions' etc you can orient all faces quickly by selecting one and all others will flip to match it - however, non-solids will give unexpected results!
The 'object' looks quite small - remember that if you try to make facets with side <~1mm or 0.01sq" with say FollowMe or some similar scripts it can fail and leave small 'holes' or even rare Bugsplats! - it's a known limitation of Sketchup/OpenGL - which is designed to model typical building-elements, through building themselves up to building-groups... but not microbes, wristwatches or at the other extreme cities or counties - BUT if you are making 'small objects' you can scale them up temporarily - say x10 - and then when the small facets etc are created you can scale back to their original size - say x0.1 - the new small geometry can exist but it's its creation that's problematic...
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby zandro » Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:28 pm

Hello! Im new here in this forum.

I want to share my problem. My VRay does not respond every time I render such a big file. Any suggestions? My SU version is Pro 8 in Win7.

Thanks!
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby TIG » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:30 pm

zandro wrote:Hello! Im new here in this forum.
I want to share my problem. My VRay does not respond every time I render such a big file. Any suggestions? My SU version is Pro 8 in Win7.
Welcome zandro,
Can I suggest you post a message in the special VRay forum here as you're likely to get a better response there...
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Gultekinmg » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:35 am

Hello,
this is my early sample at SU.
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ ... 0069630f38

Has been long time i have quit sketchup due to could not utilize tools to design POPUP books.
I am back here to search some bone connection scipts to animate pop-up books.

All Sketchy Scripters makes me download are here, i like it. :)
I hope it helps me achive my goal.
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby makizushi » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:03 am

Greetings, all.

My name is Ryan. I work at a church and used SketchUp to create a model of the property so that I could more efficiently plan a haunted house / maze for Hallowe'en last year. I haven't got a background in CAD and have no talent for reading blueprints, but I've worked with Adobe Illustrator some and ported the skills from there to SU as best I could. The result was a usable, if inelegant file. I'd hoped to have become a SketchUp pro by now, and to be wowing everyone with mad-skillz visual walkthroughs of how we're going to do this year's haunted house...but that hasn't happened (yet). So to remedy that I've come to sketchucation for guidance.

My hopes for this forum?
    1. I need a basic vocabulary so I understand the terminology when folks use it.
    2. If someone could point me toward a 'best practices' guide for creating and ordering the components & models - such that I could have multiple POVs, cross-sections, etc.
    3. also, if I want to upload my working file and ask people to critique and/or improve on it, where do I go?

Thanks in advance, and it's nice to be on such a friendly forum. :fro:
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Gaieus » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:10 am

Hi Ryan and welcome!

There will probably not be any direct guide for most of your questions as some are quite complex.

  1. As for "terminology": there is a "Glossary" in the SU Help Center which explains all the terms used in the application.
  2. As for organising your model and especially using components - whenever there is the smallest bit that is repeated at least twice in your model, you should use a component and its copies ("instances") for it - but of course, this advice is ultimately vague and we could demonstrate much better with an actual example (model).
  3. Under the text area where you are posting, there is an "Upload attachment" tab. You can upload attachments up to 2Gb here (I think smaller for images but of course you need not use 2Gb images) but if your file is bigger, you can always use the 3D Warehouse to share your model and paste the URL here.
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Thoryan » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:00 pm

Hi Guys,

Just wanted to do a quick intro.
My names Tom, and I'm in the UK.
I'm following in the footsteps of other action figure fans and just trying to create my own mods for figures, and was recommended sketchup by many of the guys on some of the figure forums.
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby ConnorBC » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:33 pm

Hello everyone. I'm new to SU. I've been playing with SU Pro 8 for a few weeks now and really enjoy the program. I have never played with this type of 3D program before and have been told that SU is a great way to eventually jump into SolidWorks.

I have always enjoyed traditional drafting since high school. I am currently designing and developing new compound bow components. I have been submitting all of my traditional drafts to a second party for modeling and would like to speed things up by building the models and generate the required PDF's and DXF files right from the start.

I am able to generate simple components to scale but feel I am still some time away from completing more complex models. I will endoubtedly have many questions while learning SU. :D

Thanks everyone! I look forward to being an active forum member and hopefully can contribute to the forums very soon.


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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby mitcorb » Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:27 am

Welcome to you, Connor:
I hope you enjoy the ride. Feel free to ask questions. There's always somebody who either has an answer or can point you to a solution.
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby ricabescobar » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:28 pm

Hi my name is Richard, I'm from Guatemala, that is in Central America!!, and I'm an Architec student, but I'm already working as an Architect, and I love to work with Sketchup, my primary job is in Autocad, but everytime that I can, I work something in 3d on skethup for presentations to clients or my boss. I also work with 3d max.
This is my blog and some of my works:
http://visual3drcab.blogspot.com/

I'm very happy to find this web!
I hope to find somethings very useful here.
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Supreme Line » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:22 pm

Hi Guys

I Am Ryan From Scotland.

I Started Google Sketch Up in May 2011 and since Then I have Created about 15 Ships In Which Iv Made A Ship Line Supreme Line I have 6 Employees that Build Ships For My Virtual Ship Line.

This Is My Ship Line Wiki Page
http://www.peekarica.com/steampedia/ind ... preme_Line

This Is The Official Website of My Ships
http://supremeline.weebly.com/

My Old Ships are out of date as i am learning how to build better etc.

Hope You Like Them anyway if you have any question please Aks and ill get back to you soon as possible :D

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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Gaieus » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:30 pm

Hi Ryan and welcome!

There are a couple of ship-makers here as well.

viewtopic.php?f=81&t=20385&p=170602
or
viewtopic.php?f=333&t=33757&p=296873

Have fun!
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Supreme Line » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:38 pm

Gaieus wrote:Hi Ryan and welcome!

There are a couple of ship-makers here as well.

viewtopic.php?f=81&t=20385&p=170602
or
viewtopic.php?f=333&t=33757&p=296873

Have fun!



Thank You Gaieus
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Gaieus » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:47 pm

You welcome. I hope you do not mind me linking to those two, superb models. As you can see, you still have some things to improve in your ships (not as if I had ever modelled anything close to those ships linked either).
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Supreme Line » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:54 pm

Gaieus wrote:You welcome. I hope you do not mind me linking to those two, superb models. As you can see, you still have some things to improve in your ships (not as if I had ever modelled anything close to those ships linked either).


Yeah I know I am working on RMS Netherlandic this is my 3rd month on it now and its looking amazing lots more still to do though.

Wiki Page of Netherlandic
http://www.peekarica.com/steampedia/ind ... therlandic

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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby Plastic.Spaceman » Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:03 pm

Hi All

My name is George, and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I am new to Sketchup and 3D modelling. I have dabbled in the program a few times, but I am keen to learn more, and create some more 3D models. Mainly for my wargaming hobby. I want to build various items in the 28mm (1:56) scale area, which may or may not end up being printed.

I look forward to learning a whole lot more about sketchup, as well as being active on these forums.

See you around the forums.
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby mitcorb » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:30 pm

Welcome, George:
Enjoy your adventure.
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Re: Welcome new SketchUp user!

Postby xphatjunkie » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:50 am

Hello there newbie here,

Im an assistant Landscape Designer working in Hong Kong, nationality from Indonesia...

please kindly advice from the SU master here, anyway is there any forum in here that provides for landscape architect forum related with SketchUp tools?

regards
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Marcos989 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:21 pm

Hello!

I am a greenhorn to SketchUp. I have re-trained recently at my advanced age of 55 and am now a underwater inspector, required to produce drawings of inspected components, so I need to get going with this software.
I do have one question now....the plugin for engineers (3skeng) costs quite a bit and I see nothing else that is free. Most of my drawing is oil platforms, piping, valves ect....from the very little I have seen so far there is not much of this in the warehouse.
Any recommendations?
Likely, I need to just spend time, read, explore and be patient but thought I would ask now.

I was introduced to this prgrm via an engineer on the last job and he made no bones about it that I need to learn this now and quickly. So I am just trying to watch the available video tutorials some what in order. So far they all deal with architectural items.....no engineering ....yet.

Anyway, hello folks... :thumb:
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Rich O Brien » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:24 pm

Hi Mark,

There isn't an alternative to Skeng unfortunately.

We've another member here who's involved in the same industry. He's name is Ken and he might help with some techniques.

But it's best to start with a problem then members here usually offer guidance.

We've a moderator named Jean who uses SketchUp in engineering also.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby tfdesign » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:13 am

Hi Mark.

I'm also an engineer whose primary CAD Package was Solidworks (although I also dabble in architecture). The problem was that I couldn't afford a seat of Solidworks, so I tried SketchUp instead. Although you need to think a little more, all the tools are essentially there.

You may want to look at the Driving Dimensions plugin for SU too. This allows parametric editing ala Solidworks or Spaceclaim. There's a free version of this plugin.

Tom

And welcome to SketchUcation too! :)
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Rich O Brien » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:14 am

Driving Dimensions plugin can cause alot of issues with other plugins I'm led to believe. So tread carefully.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby fxxh » Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:38 pm

Hi,my name is chenlong .I am a Chinese boy.This is my first post.my English is not good . hope to make friends with you :sketchstatic:
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Mister Iksan » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:21 am

Hi All'

My name is Iksan. im from South East Asian(Indonesia.
it feel so happy have appeared in this forum. just newbie for SU-7.
and i like tried to 3D modeling with SU because so easy & simple to use it. (Thanks Google SU :thumb: )

regards :D

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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby mitcorb » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:36 pm

Hi, Mister Iksan:
Welcome to this forum. If you have questions regarding the use of Sketchup related to modeling or rendering, there are some very helpful people here ready to share their knowledge.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Mister Iksan » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:47 am

mitcorb wrote:Hi, Mister Iksan:
Welcome to this forum. If you have questions regarding the use of Sketchup related to modeling or rendering, there are some very helpful people here ready to share their knowledge.


Hi Mitcorb

Nice to get acquainted with you, Mitcorb.
and to All master, please guidance me if were got problems on SU modelling. i like created Building/Construction modelling on SU. sometimes created Public Transportation such as Train & Bus. :D please keep in touch..

Best regards..

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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby Korgen » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:28 am

Hi, My name is Brian and I just joined. I have been using SU 8 for a short time. My business is Main Street Woodcraft and I am currently re-designing some dinning chairs inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright because the furniture maker sized some of the elements too small for structural stability. I am using ScetchUp to explore modifications and how they might be true to the original design. I am attempting to make the cushions more realistic and have tried the soften edges tool and the loop subdivision smooth plug-in but nothing has worked well so far. Any suggestions?
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby RichardCherry » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:49 pm

Wanted to pop in and say hello to everyone. While I have messed with SU a bit in the past I tended to gravitate more toward Blender for my modeling needs. I am a hobbyist so, unlike a lot of folks here I am not a professional ;)

I primarily create models so I can turn them into paper models and since I am leaning heavily toward doing a lot of architectural models I wanted to give SU a try. I cam across an artist by the name of ixlrlxi's work and was completely stunned by what can be done with SU. And after a little researching I found this wonderful site. What a fantastic resource!
Looking forward to spending a little quality time with the fine folks here at SketchUcation :)

If you wish you can see my work here:

http://siriusartworks.deviantart.com/

Cheers!
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby mitcorb » Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:07 am

Hi, Richard:
On behalf of the crowd here, Welcome to you. Nice work on DeviantArt. I like the tower sketch.
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Re: A Welcome Message to New SketchUcation Members

Postby finnishXchange » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:51 am

Greetings from Finland!

I'm excited to be a new member of this forum after browsing the impressive work. So far I've only used Kerkethea with SU, but am excited to start trying others while learning from you experts. Also it will be fun to get into some of the discussions and share some of what I learn.

Is there a good way to import Autocad plans into Sketchup? I hope to try the plug-in by ThomThom "Cleanup" to fix the cad files, but maybe there is a better way?

Thank you!

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