The light finally went on!!!!
Last week I posted my comments on Sketchup about the inability of using
Sketchup to provide drawings to build from.
From that posting I received many useful and helpful comments.
Most suggested I learn to use scenes and layers
to detail the components used in my projects.
Sooooo... I have spent the last few days coming
to terms with with scenes and layer and have
As my first sentence indicates the light came on
and now I have a good understanding of how to
use S's and L's.
I want to thank all of you for your helpful comments.
I suspect I could not have done it without you!!
My new mantra is Scenes and Layers, Scenes and Layers
ooommm. The spouse thinks I have gone over the hill
but not so.
Very Happy Vermont Woodworker
LOL ... the program is like a deep, placid lake ... deceptively shallow
looking, but with a depth that defies all those preconceived notions
when you jump in with both feet. :)
One of the most productive things I've done with the app is to master
Scenes, Layers, and Hide ... can be powerful tools for both design and
presentation when used in combination.
On that same note: Joe Zeh at Swamp Road Wood Works reworked a handy
layers.rb with added functionality and tool bar icons that makes adding
visible and hidden layers much easier to use without risking having to
update all project scenes.
You should find it for download in his Sketchup section under his "my
favorite ruby scripts" at www.srww.com
Sounds like you have leaped ahead of many of the posters who tried to
help. I am inspired to look into this now myself.
Sketchup is surely pulling from the state-of-the-art in mid to high-
end 3D CAD systems. They have all moved towards building parts in
context with associated views as drawings, hiding all the other parts
and auto updating any changes because the apparent 2D drawing is
really just some live view of the model.
The next evolving concept is showing "in process" parts where you can
see the part blank and then each stage of the process as material is
milled away a process at a time.
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