With the Tape Measure tool, you can create an infinite guide line in SketchUp that allows you to use the power of the Inference System to snap to. I use guides all the time in my model to help me model accurately. But I also find myself creating “custom guide geometry” in order to help me place objects that are difficult to inference. In this post, I’ll show you how to create your own guide geometry.
If you don’t know about the Tape Measure tool, you should. It’s a great way to create a special type of line called a guide line that you can snap to in your model. I use them all the time when modeling. I’ll add a few in order to position an object, then delete them right after I’m done using them. Other times I’ll just leave guides in the model till I get overwhelmed with dashed lines everywhere,at which point I’ll go to the Edit menu and select “Delete guides” to get rid of them all.
Back in September, I attended the 2013 World Maker Faire in New York. This was my second time going to the faire, only this time I received a personal invitation from the SketchUp team to join them in the SketchUp booth for the weekend! It gave me the opportunity to talk to a ton of people about SketchUp, and introduced them to a few open source projects that SketchUp partnered up with for the event.
What is MakerFaire?
Maker Faires are events organized by Make Magazine, a really cool company that is at the center of the Maker Movement. “Makers” are people just like yourself, who love to build, create, tinker, think, question, experiment, and MAKE all sorts of things.
Sketchup is a great tool for creating models for 3D printing. I recently built my own 3D printer and have been learning a lot about how to design printable models in Sketchup. These are the 3 plugins I can’t live without when modeling things for my printer.
NOTE: Depending upon which version of Sketchup you have on your computer, there are different methods of installing plugins. With Sketchup Make & Sketchup Pro 2013, they introduced the Sketchup extension warehouse which makes installing plugins much easier than before. The only problem is that they don’t have ALL of the plugins available. Some of the plugins I recommend below are not available through the extension warehouse, and must be downloaded from the Sketchucation forum. If you don’t have Sketchup 2013 or you are trying to install one of the plugins not hosted on the extension warehouse, I recommend checking out Installing the Sketchup STL Exporter Plugin for details on how to install these types of plugins.
With the release of Sketchup Pro 2013 came the new pattern fill feature in Layout. Not only is this a great solution for providing hatches in your Layout documents, but pattern fill can also be used for creating a number of unique effects. I’m going to show you how people have been creating hatches in Sketchup, as well as how to use the new Pattern Fill feature in Layout.
Why we need hatching
A Hatch is a symbolic pattern added to a drawing in order to help identify materials, objects, and spaces. They also help define section cut planes. Architects have been doing this for decades. Even before computer aided drafting they would draw in hatches by hand.
- Most hatch patterns are standardized, which makes them universally understood by whomever is interpreting your drawing.
- Hatches help visually identify areas that represent materials or objects from areas that are just empty space.
- Hatches help differentiate between material types. For example, different types of wood look very similar to each other if rendered as a realistic material. However, if you use hatches to define the different types of material, the hatches are easily distinguishable. This ensures accurate interpretation of your drawings.
- Hatches help define the plane of a section cut.
- Hatches tend to communicate better when printed out on a black & white printer, as compared to printing out realistic materials applied from Sketchup. Plus, they save on ink.
Sketchup 2013 is out! And who better to talk about the new version than none other than Aidan Chopra, the Sketchup Evangelist at Trimble. Aidan has written a number of books about Sketchup, including the popular Sketchup for Dummies books.
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In this Episode
This is the first time I’ve recorded a podcast with someone who has first hand experience with the development of Sketchup. I was very excited to put this episode together. Thanks Aidan!
Learn about how Aidan got started on the Sketchup team, as well as his thoughts on the new version of Sketchup. We talk about the new features, and the differences between Sketchup Make and Sketchup Pro.
Just a heads up, I had some technical difficulties at the beginning of the recording, so if you notice my voice sounding different, it’s because I had to do some post-editing to get the recording together. Of course, this had to happen to me while I was recording with Aidan, and not during a solo show. Just my luck!!