Switch-Up to SketchUp: Going Digital With Designcomments (6) February 29th, 2012 in Blogs
Ready, Fire, Aim!
I spend my workdays by the creedo "measure twice, cut once" so it's quite a contradiction to encourage veiwers to "build" a design layout that is "close enough" and adjust it to refine the design. But that's a remarkable thing about the Digital jobsite; "measure twice, cut once" becomes almost irrelevant. This "ready, fire, aim" approach took me quite awhile to adapt (an ongoing process for sure) but as I make the mental transition to this viewpoint, creating 3D models for designing has become much more simple. In this video I attempt to show the process using different features and benefits of adjusting proportions with the Scale tool and the Move tool:
First Things Second:
This second video shows a few tricks used to create the mantel and raised panel doors featured in the first video.
There are numerous platforms for creating 3D models out there and I hope this tutorial gives you some insight into some possibilities SketchUp has to offer. Regardless of the software you may choose, for putting together a solid visual image for designing, bid work or a sales pitch, it's tough to beat going digital with design.
The model created for this blog post is available by clicking HERE for those who want it for practice purposes. Although I didn't mention it in the videos, the flat screen TV in my model was downloaded from the SketchUp Component Warehouse where it was uploaded by another generous SketchUp user. I regret that I wasn't able to find its source to give appropriate credit to its creator as I put this post together.
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