View Full Version : OT: Recent CAD work with SketchUp

01-09-2011, 09:58 AM
I am currently doing an architectural example for my daughter as she has expressed some interest in the possibility of using renderings of proposed local projects in her newspaper. They are currently building some community greenhouses in Hinton, Alberta so I decided to create a concept along those lines as an example of what I can do for her.





Tony Ennis
01-09-2011, 10:04 AM

Tony Ennis
01-09-2011, 10:04 AM
Very nice. Any of those items 'stock' components?

01-09-2011, 10:06 AM
Nice work Evan, out of curiosity, how much time did it take to do that?

01-09-2011, 10:10 AM
No stock images. I took the landscape photo myself. The plants are stock items from the 3D warehouse. Some of the textures such as the grass are included with SketchUp, others I create myself. The rendering is in Kerkythea (Quirky Thea), which is a free rendering engine. Total time to create, not including rendering time was maybe 10 hours spaced over three days.

Lighting fixtures and standards, centre pool feature and everything else are my design. Obviously, the geodesic dome will look like any other dome the same size since the design of a geodesic dome is tightly constrained by the geometry. It's the easiest part since it is made of simple multiple repeating parts.

01-09-2011, 02:48 PM

Very nice work. I really need to get serious and learn SketchUp.


01-09-2011, 03:01 PM
What holds back most people learning CAD and SketchUp in particular is not realizing the importance of using the keyboard along with the mouse. You cannot do it all with the mouse.

Here is a link to the keyboard quick reference:


01-09-2011, 03:29 PM
I find it very frustrating to do some stuff in Sketchup. I tried to use it to make basic drawings of stuff (structures) for work. For example, using the follow-me tool to put a bevel on a corner I run around an object and on the last corner it kinda snaps to the wrong thing and cuts a chunk out of the corner etc. Tried fiddling with the views but it just went wrong in a different place.

I'm sure it's my own incompetence but I didn't find it very learner-friendly.

01-09-2011, 03:32 PM
I like Sketchup and have been using it for several years. I designed my shop using it, and used the drawings I made to get a building permit. That also entailed getting a structural engineer to ok the thing.

If you think you might be interested in the program, here is a forum that is most helpful:


if you browse the gallery you will see some amazing work.


01-09-2011, 06:23 PM
I am going to do some simple tutorials showing some of the easy but really useful tricks I have figured out. Things like bevels on rectilinear and curved solids for instance. That will give me something to do when I can't sleep.

01-09-2011, 07:36 PM
Evan: Are you using the free version of Sketchup? I just can't seem to get a handle on drawing using electronic means. I can do pretty well with photoshop, but the drawing seems to have eluded me.
Looking forward to the tutorials.

01-09-2011, 08:39 PM
Yes, the free version. I have an ulterior motive for doing these tutorials. You guys can be my test audience as I am planning on teaching a course in SketchUp later this year through the Elder College program at the local Thompson Rivers University Campus. I taught adult night school back in the early 80's when I developed the first computer orientation and BASIC programming curriculum. I taught it for five years until other people picked up the ball. My course was recognized for vocational credit.

First question: Would you prefer subtitles to explain the process, voice over or both? It might be difficult to do both since I can talk and you can listen faster than reading when you have the screen to watch too.

01-09-2011, 10:08 PM
Well,Evan, if it is not too much trouble try both subtitles and voice over. If I only get one I would prefer subtitles. I still read pretty fast and have excellent comprehension; the hearing isn't so good. Too many jet engines before I knoew enough to use protection.
Thanks for the effort.

Liger Zero
01-09-2011, 10:41 PM
I find a 3D Device like my "Space Navigator" from 3Dconnexion are a huge help for 3D work. Mouse move the tool, keyboard inputs commands and data and the Navigator moves the object.

Got mine at a garage sale for $5, 3D has really taken off for me now.

01-10-2011, 10:17 AM
here is a plug-in for rounded corners: http://www.cad-addict.com/2009/07/sketchup-plugins-round-corners.html