Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

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Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:01 pm

I found a nice piece of bamboo on the 3d warehouse but man is it heavy in my model!

why is that? There don't seem to be many segments in the cane, is it the texture making it heavy?

can the poly's, whatever, be reduced to make it lighter??
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Bep » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:19 pm

Try to get the number of entities per segment down
Make a component of segments that are the same.
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:53 pm

Maybe someone already has a low poly bamboo cane I could get??
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Dave R » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:02 pm

You could use an extension like Whaat's Poly Reducer to simplify the model. Or better, his Skimp extension.
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:07 pm

I've never used an extension, would that work with SUp 2015?
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Dave R » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:14 pm

Oh yeah. I forgot. You don't use extensions. I expect his Poly Reducer would work, though. It's been around a long time.

You can also edit the texture in an external image editor and reduce its file size, too. In the model it is at 300 dpi but for what it is, 96 will be plenty.
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:21 pm

where do I get that skimp? I don't really know how to reduce the image size, how to find the image texture or what to do with it.
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Dave R » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:25 pm

Poly Reducer is available here in the Plugin Store linked at the top of the page. Skimp is available here.

You must surely have some sort of image editor installed on your computer. In Applications in SketchUp's Preferences, set the image editor as the default.
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to edit the texture in the external image editor, go to In Model, right click on the texture and choose Edit Texture Image...
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:56 pm

yeah I have image editors Dave but don't know how to extract the texture from the model, but no biggie I can hide most of the bamboo when working on the model.

OK! Got Skrimp! Where are instructions on loading it in to SUp??
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby tuna1957 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:58 pm

Joe, I was bored so here's a reduced poly version of your bamboo. see if it works for you.... Didn't change the texture image just the model.
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Dave R » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:11 pm

Joe Wood wrote:yeah I have image editors Dave but don't know how to extract the texture from the model, but no biggie I can hide most of the bamboo when working on the model.


I told you how to extract the texture from the model for editing it.
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:38 pm

thanks a lot for taking the time Tuna! That's a nice cane!

OK, I downloaded Skimp.rbz, but how do I install it? When (in SUp) I go to Extension Warehouse, and click the Skimp link, I get a 'This program cannot display the webpage'

in SUp, when I click Window>Extensions I don't see anything in there?
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby pbacot » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:34 pm

I think the plugin is overkill for this simple component. Please see if the attached is OK for your needs.

FYI. I manually reduced the steps of graduated thickening at the internode with follow me and moving one ring down and scaling it. I did have to sample and paint some of the faces in this area to recover the mapping. I made a component of one node to repeat for the length of the cane.

I fixed reversed faces-- here I had to use TIG Reversed faces plugin to get the textures on the front face without messing the mapping up and creating more work. If the textures had been applied to the front faces originally this wouldn't have been necessary

I used the method Dave suggested to reduce the texture size in GIMP. I could have done it in other simpler software like Preview (on Mac, I don't know the Windows equivalent). Editing is simple once you've tried it.
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:50 pm

Another very nice cane, thanks for your work and time PB!

wow, this cane is 191kb and my original was 2.26 mb!!
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby pbacot » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:23 pm

I hope it makes the model easier to work with. For the usage I don't see any difference in appearance.

I do some design like this when my clients will let me. Not as awesome and I certainly don't BUILD it myself! Lucky to have great carpenters take over!
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby Joe Wood » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:30 pm

Let's see a couple images of your design!
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Re: Reduce the 'weight' of this bamboo cane?

Postby pbacot » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:46 am

Some other pictures from that project. I didn't use much SketchUp and I never took many pictures, but at least it all got built.
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