Sketchup Tips for improved 3D modeling process
In order to use sketchup in your project efficiently you have to make 3D modeling process swift andprecise with the following tips and tricks.
You have to apply shortcut method for enhancing the speed for modeling process. For this purposeyou have to map all the toolbars, menus and plugins to shortcuts for managing & saving time formodeling process.All the shortcuts can be exported or imported through the preference dialog and re-mapped as peryour requirements.Some example of shortcuts:-• a – unhide all• l – unhide last• h – hide/show rest of model• j – hide/show similar components• m – monochrome mode• n – (normal) shaded with textures mode• x – xray mode• g – make group• – position texture (mapping) (next to enter key for speed)
Customize Your Components
You can customize sketchup components at the time of inserting an object from components list asper your choice. Separate your selected object by shifting it from other components and click Edit /Component / Explode. This will instantly turn the object to be broken into several pieces. Aftermaking necessary modification as per your requirements highlight all the broken pieces of theobject and select either Edit / Make Group or Edit / Make Component to reconstruct it.
Application of Script
Always try to apply scripts in your projects. This will speed up your 3D modeling process. SketchUpexecutes command scripts free for you and you can automate tasks like adding labels to figures,assigning materials to surfaces, and drawing geometric shapes like parabolas and ellipses by usingthese scripts.You can also use a programming language called “Ruby” to write plugins(scripts) for sketchup. Youcan simplify multi step operations and develop the 3D modeling process by downloading andinstalling it.You can find scirpt in the following places :-• SMustard• Sketchucation• Ruby Library Depot• ScriptSpot
Always try to apply guides for making the 3D modeling process smooth. Use tape measure tool toput in parallel ones and Protractor tool to put in angular ones. These tools are beneficial for layoutgrids, check measurements, to assist with snapping and for various purposes. If you find problemwith junked guides you can instantly clear all the guides with one shortcut arrangement.
3D Modeling control Quintet
At the time of working with shortcuts you can create five on/off toggles alias Color by Axis,Monochrome, X-Ray, Hide Rest & Hide Similar. These will facilitate you to promptly scrutinize themodels and hold control to the models.
Application of Group/Layer/Scene
You can apply layers and scene to simulate groups of geometry for objects. Create separate layerfor each part or group of parts. Before using layer group it initially to get geometrical separation.Separate your geometry with different colors to recover a separation of materials of surfaces. All the