That probably because you "exploded" the model (broke the base cabinet
itself into its sub-components). It is the base cabinet itself, as a single
component, that is "dynamic" and responds to changes in the list box. If you
"explode" past that level, it won't work.
If you double click on "DC-BaseCabinet.skp", and it is opened by SketchUp,
you should not have to explode it.
Remember, "dynamic components" only work in SketchUp7.
Let me know if you are still having trouble.
I downloaded and uninstalled SU about 2 or 3 times before I finally figured
out how to use it. A few on line tutorials really help get the wheels
spinning. I have been using AutoCAD LT since 97 and have been using CAD
programs in general since 86. I am finding that SU will pretty much do what
everything that AutoCAD LT would do with a very few exceptions. The big
trick for me is learning/remembering to draw components and assemble the
drawing with those components. I tend to want to draw every thing in place
and that does not work out real well with SU especially if you want to
relocate a particular group of lines.
It helps greatly to group things into components, and
sub-sub-sub-....-sub-components. (It's conveniently mapped to the 'G' key by
default.) You don't have to always break things down to individual boards or
sticks, but maybe start that way and find some level of granularity that's
comfortable. For example, drawers or paneled doors might be comfortable as a
single part, or you might prefer to work with a grouping of simple sticks.
Keep some "cutters" around to cope the ends of sticks, etc. I tend to work
in place also. Other 3D CAD systems formalize the relationships as parts and
sub-assemblies. You should do the same. Keep the outliner and components
windows open even if you have to sacrifice some screen space to do so.
Other than the obvious advantage/ability to make one change to a
"component", and have that change reflected in all copies of that component,
there is an added advantage, reason to do so:
If you build the model from parts (components and groups), like you would do
a woodworking project, and name them correctly, a cutlist is automatically
done for you, by name, by the CutList plug-in.
Have you tried the plug-in yet? A must have, since you own CutListPlus!
OK, here's your "tutorial":
As I said on apbw, this is just one method to drill holes in curved
surfaces. There are other ways to do this in SketchUp.
I'm still a newbie!
Well said ...
Having somehow missed out on the designer gene, 3D software, along with
e-books, has been one of my two biggest dreams for years.
Things I've designed in the past looked great in 2D software, and on the
shop bench, but put them on the floor, or a wall, and view them from
different perspectives, and I've often been disappointed in many respects.
For the first time ever I've been able to get my ideas down in 3D and view
them from those perspectives which my lousy design skills can't foresee, at
a reasonable cost, and without spending money and time on a steep learning
I'm also making money using the program, a good deal of money, and it amazes
me how little effort it took to garner that type of reward. :)
For SU users, here are two more "dynamic" components for use as an aid in
kitchen cabinet design using SketchUp:
A fairly standard, one drawer, one cabinet, "dynamic" Base Cabinet, with
choice of user selected, or "scaled", widths; and the plywood case work for
same in a separate file, sans face frame (posted in the first post in this
Put on your own doors and drawer fronts. Use the case work model for adding
your own face frame, or going euro.
Let me know if there are any problems.
For SketchUp7 users, here's my full collection of "dynamic" Base and Wall
kitchen cabinet files:
Each zip folder contains: a dynamic "face frame" model; a dynamic
"casework"; model; and a dynamic "cabinet" model.
Depending upon the models design, each will respond in either width, height,
or both, with user input from a drop down list box populated with industry
standard 3" increments, or alternately using the "Scale" tool.
(Note: If for some reason the model does not work dynamically when first
imported/opened with SU, you may have to "explode" the model ONCE first ...
but do that only if necessary!)
Let me know if you experience any problems, or have any questions.
I right clicked on the face frame and at the bottom of the pop up window
was "dynamic components". Clicking on that brings up "component
options". This all worked as expected. I was opening the components
window, and clicking on "view options"... I'm sure you explained this
before, but my attention span is decreasing day by day... Anyway,
worked great. I had clicked on dynamic components and component options
a number of times when perusing SU but every time it said, no options
available or some such. Now I see what it is.
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