Yesterday I decided to figure out how to share files on the Trimble 3D Warehouse (powered by Google). http://www.sketchup.com/product/3dwh.html
I have frequently searched their archive for models to help me illustrate ideas so I wanted to try and give some pay back by posting a few visualizations I’ve worked out. I added two versions of my treadle torch and one file of my platen table.
I think I followed the instructions carefully but I’m not sure that one of the items is correct - “In SketchUp, hide your lines and profiles for a cleaner screenshot. View -> Edge Style -> uncheck Display edges and Profiles.”
When I downloaded my files to see how they worked I had to check the Edges and Profiles again to make them look the way I like but I’ve noticed when I’ve down loaded other files they usually arrive with Edges and Profiles already checked.
Experience is a good teacher so I’ll keep experimenting and anticipate that I’ll soon understand the process better. It took me a couple of years of use to become really fluent with SketchUp but it has been well worth it for me. Using the axiom that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, has paid off when illustrating ideas for clients and with other types of design work.
For those who are not familiar with SketchUp is may seem a bit intimidating at first. One way to get started is to visit the 3D Warehouse and do a search for “forged” and study the results. After a while they will get the hang of modifying the searches to more specifically find illustrations. This is an example of a nice swage block.