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Old Jun 22, 2011, 06:21 PM
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I just got google sketchup can someone help me on how to use it?
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 07:38 PM
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You should look at the sketchup tutorials. It is in the help menu at the top of the screen. I covers all the basics. There are also all kinds of Sketchucation videos on Utube.
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 07:53 PM
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+1 for YouTube . lots of great info there to get you going .
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 01:11 AM
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Sketchup is a great free program...
precise drawings are easily made...
tip ..down at the bottom left is a box that shows the length or size of what you are up to..
For a precise length line/whatever type your own size in the box and hit enter..
To resize/scale a model plane use the tape measure across its span, now type in the size you want and hit enter.. ok the resize and you are now at a new scale..
If you have previously added all your dimensions these will now show all the new sizes..
Its a great way to make any model to the span/size that suits you

To get to grips with the program set a task and figure out the how to..the more you use it the faster you will get..
And do watch youtube videos, there are some clever people showing you how to do all the basics and the difficult bits as well
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 03:08 AM
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Can I use sketchup to make 3D figures out of 2D drawings? - or draw in 3D then print 2D?

I would like to cut 2D shapes and glue it together to different figures like cones or different spheres etc.

I have some trouble printing my plans too, I can't find a way to get the whole figure on one A4 sheet of paper...
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 08:20 AM
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I have some trouble printing my plans too, I can't find a way to get the whole figure on one A4 sheet of paper...
Take a look at post #3. Instead of using 1:1 for the print size, make sure the box is checked "fit to page" under print settings in SU.

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Old Jul 03, 2011, 07:08 AM
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There are plugins like slicer that will slice a 3d model up into layers whose thickness you define, and lay them out for printing.
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Old Jul 03, 2011, 03:49 PM
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What I would like is more like tis type of print:

- and I would like different shapes, not spheres only..

I can't get the printout to work - I have some problems with the margin that erase 3mm of my PDF when I print it.... (I print to cutePDF marginless...)
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Old Jul 04, 2011, 01:06 PM
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That sort of result is what the unfold tool plugin gives, only more so
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 11:24 AM
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Came across this plugin that will import airfoil .dat files into Sketchup Here is a good list of airfoils that are available to the public. http://www.ae.illinois.edu/m-selig/a..._database.html. I have found this plugin VERY useful when working with "conventional" airfoils. No more having to trace over a .gif image to get a wing profile. I can say this airfoil .dat improter plugin works well with Sketchup8 on XP and running under WINE on Linux.

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Should work very well designing templates for hot wire cutting foam wings.
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 02:22 AM
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That sort of result is what the unfold tool plugin gives, only more so
Thanks, I got it and it works!
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 09:02 AM
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Came across this plugin that will import airfoil .dat files into Sketchup Here is a good list of airfoils that are available to the public. http://www.ae.illinois.edu/m-selig/a..._database.html. I have found this plugin VERY useful when working with "conventional" airfoils. No more having to trace over a .gif image to get a wing profile. I can say this airfoil .dat improter plugin works well with Sketchup8 on XP and running under WINE on Linux.

Mark

Should work very well designing templates for hot wire cutting foam wings.
Thanks for this! It does work well for me (using Sketchup 7 in WINE on Linux). One thing to remember when using it the first time is that it doesn't seem to allow resizing before pasting, so can produce a very small initial image (since a .DAT file is normalized to a maximum dimension of 1).

No problem, you can scale it up -- I just mention this because you might not actually see it initially, depending on your view. -- it's about the size of a peanut located at the origin.

I use .dat files to not only cut airfoils for wings, but to cut fuselage plan and profiles in solid block foam for carving down by hand. This allows standard CNC wing cutting software to cut fuselage blocks as well. And the fuselage block an be conveniently scaled in size in the software by specifying its "chord". So far, I've done this succesfully in JediCut.
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 11:44 AM
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Shiny! Good to hear that my post has been of benefit to someone. I have gotten so much from this thread, happy to give a little back. It looks like that it imports the .dat files at 1", and yes, one does need to then scale to their desired size.... good to mention that for people just starting out with Sketchup.

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Old Aug 05, 2011, 10:51 PM
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Mark, it may actually be smaller or larger than 1" -- a .dat file always has a max size of 1. Depending on how Sketchup is configured by the user (inches, mm, feet) the image might be 1 mm long. Not sure about that, but thought I'd mention it, again for new users.
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Old Aug 06, 2011, 03:58 PM
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Hello All!

I've been using sketchup to lay out my plans and then I export into Illustrator where I add details like text, etc. Is this how others are doing it as well, or tis there a way to add text effectively in sketchup. It seems the text tool is mostly good for 3d text....(?) - or is that what I should be using?
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