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Old Nov 03, 2008, 06:52 AM
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Here is a link to neat website that offers ruby scripts, some free, others for purchase. Lots of useful free stuff that will help with modeling in SU.

http://www.smustard.com/scripts/

This is the site mentioned in the video above.

Ken
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Old Nov 03, 2008, 07:48 AM
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Ken, just tried the followme for a wire, and Thats Cool!!!!
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Old Nov 03, 2008, 08:20 AM
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All right,

I have the wire making method down pat. The trick is to create a centerline path to follow for your wire. On the end of the wire make a circle by picking the end of the wire as the center for the circle, then type in the wire radius and hit return. Now reselect the entire wire path, click on the follow me tool, and then select the circle face. The wire with diameter is now created. Here is how I learned thanks to bz1mcr.



http://sites.google.com/site/3dbasec...modeling-smart


The part on the video I am referencing is about 40 minutes in.

Ken
Nice to hear it was useful for you Ken. I also liked learning about the "triple click" earlier on in that video. To select all the connected segments that make up a path, just triple click on any one of the segments. That's right-- just add one more click to a double click and you have a triple click. Handy!

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Old Nov 07, 2008, 08:25 AM
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Sandbox Tools

Good stuff Dave, you got me motivated and I've come along quite a bit in the last week. My input is about Sandbox tools which are already there in Sketchup but you have to switch them on. Windows > Preferences > Extensions and then check the box for Sandbox Tools. A new toolbar appears and the first icon, 'From Contours', is the one I have figured out so far, I used it to create the green fillet shown in the first picture.

Read the notes in the 3 extra pictures to see how I create a fillet. Note: to see the dotted lines on the fillet, you have to set View > Hidden Geometry to on.

I then use the unfold plugin to unfold the fillet shape so it's flat, I then wrestle with it to get it into the flat plane but I think the way to do that more easily is to change axes although I haven't figured that out properly yet.

The first picture is of the SU35 model I'm working up, I haven't created all the separate parts but the lines on the wing show where my KF folded LE section is going to be.
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Old Nov 07, 2008, 06:23 PM
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another site with lots of sketchup plugins:
http://www.crai.archi.fr/RubyLibrary...rary_Depot.htm
mostly focused on architecture, but lots of interesting tools, nonetheless.
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Old Nov 08, 2008, 04:29 AM
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ive not tried those tools yet, nor the unfolding tool..
I have been working on a hovercraft design...just for a change..
info and sketchup file here...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=949481

Its getting there, I am just working on the skirts
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Old Nov 08, 2008, 06:47 AM
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Just some SU scripts

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Sketchup can become an ever changing always growing program with the use of plugins. In which case most are free and very useful.

The PhlatScripT V906-The script for cnc gcode creation built around the Phlatprinter http://www.phlatboyz.com/the_process.php

SoapSkin & bubble Script - For the creation of tensile structures http://www.tensile-structures.de/

Make Faces - Another great script for makeing all the faces on an imported dxf/dwg file so you do not need to go through and draw all the lines to creat a face. http://www.smustard.com/script/MakeFaces

Weld Script - Joins connected edges into a "polyline". http://www.smustard.com/script/Weld

Unfold Tool - This SketchUp script assists the user in flattening, or unfolding, 3d objects onto a 2d plane. http://sketchuptips.blogspot.com/20...n-unfoldrb.html

$10.00 Flatten Script - Flattens 3D objects to 2D, placing all entities on the Z=0 plane. http://www.smustard.com/script/Flatten

Repair Broken Lines - Good tool for fixing up imported dxf files http://archsymb.com/ruby/index.php?...roken_lines.zip

Ruby library depot - The home page for tons of scripts http://www.crai.archi.fr/RubyLibrar...brary_Depot.htm

Smustard - Lots of scripts some are free, the Companion to SketchUp http://www.smustard.com/

Script Archive 1 -Lots of scripts to look at here http://archsymb.com/ruby/

Mark & Trish Carew
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Old Nov 08, 2008, 06:47 AM
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The Soap Skin Bubble plugin is too cool you have to check out this video The Sketchup Show #26: Common SketchUp Questions (Pt.2) (8 min 52 sec)
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Old Nov 08, 2008, 03:10 PM
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very nice...found it and got it ...thanks
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Old Dec 03, 2008, 07:41 PM
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Dave,

Can you explain how to rotate the formers like you have shown from page #1. I've searched the help files and can't get the former to rotate to the other plane after tracing the fuselage cross section. There must be a trick to the circular protractor to goto the right plane to rotate about it's axis. I've spent about 2hrs with the rotate tool with no luck. Thanks.

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Old Dec 03, 2008, 08:43 PM
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zoom in close to the item to rotate. "Feel" around the different points near a place where all 3 axis converge. Once you see the one that is the color/direction you want, press and hold the shift key to lock the rotation around that axis.
Rotate accordingly
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Old Dec 04, 2008, 10:04 AM
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If you save the former as a component and then select that component to modify you will automatically get the protractor for rotation when you hover over an edge. There was a video tutorial that explained it. I will see if I can find it a post back.

Rob...

Edit: Ok I was looking in the wrong place. Finally found it. It was actually one of Mark's videos on You Tube. Making a Foamie in SketchupPart1 The item of interest is around 8 minutes in. Alternately you could use the Flip tool but I like having the protractor. It also helps to save things as components. Mark shows how to use the Flip tool in the same video.
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Old Dec 05, 2008, 11:03 AM
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Dave,

Can you explain how to rotate the formers like you have shown from page #1. I've searched the help files and can't get the former to rotate to the other plane after tracing the fuselage cross section. There must be a trick to the circular protractor to goto the right plane to rotate about it's axis. I've spent about 2hrs with the rotate tool with no luck. Thanks.

Scott

An easy way is to have a box drawn near your model,,,place the rotate tool on the side for whichever rotation you want then hold the shift ket to lock it, and move the rotate tool to the part you want to rotate, lock on and rotate
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Old Dec 05, 2008, 09:36 PM
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I am working on a profile A-6. Here is what I have done so far. Well I would show it if someone would explain how to upload a non-graphics file. I keep getting invalid file type when I try.

ANyway, I think I am ready to try to print out a test for foam cutting. I need to know how to do that.
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Old Dec 05, 2008, 10:22 PM
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wartoy,

The best way to attach a file is probably to ZIP it. That is a supported format. If you need a free zip utility, 7zip is the name of a program that will work.

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