Doing a scale with the Scale Tool with a factor of -1, twice to the same
component, and you end up with a component the same as the original with
which you started ... except it is now twice the distance further along
the axis you scaled on, as the width of the component. :)
Here, you may find this helpful ...(be sure to look at the other
definition option links to the left of the main paragraph):
Keep in mind that "Flip Along", in the context menu when you right click
on an object, is another easy way to flip/mirror geometry, except that
you must keep in mind the AXIS upon which you want to flip, when using
Many folks prefer to use Scale Tool|-1, so they don't have to trial and
error to get the same results with the Flip Along feature. :)
Personally, I prefer to use "Flip Along" for most instances, like with
rails and legs with mortises in them, etc.
I never tried Flip Along. It's looks really handy for everyone
designing symetrical projects.
For all the new users reading, it should be pointed out that you can do
a LOT with just a few basic SU features.
IMHO the more short keys that you can use the easier the program is to
operate. IIRC some where in the Help there is an explanation on how to get
a list of all the short cuts.
Also you can make your own or change existing short cuts.
Well try this
I'm one of those who have never used a single keyboard short cut with
Sketchup ... when modeling I have both hands full with the mouse in
right hand, and flying the helicopter with the SpaceNavigator in the left.
There are two short cut buttons on the SpaceNavigator that can be
programmed, but I left them on the default Zoom Extent and Device Settings.
I don't care for having to move the cursor all over the screen.
There are darn few tools that I often use that I don't have a short cut for.
Although I use the mouse for choosing and applying materials.
Is there actually a select icon?
Well yes there is!! LOL
To go a bit further with this, tools/commands that I use that do not
have an icon to implement.
I have a CTRL D for giving me all dimensions of an object.
G to make a component.
And probably a few others that I am at a complete loss right now. ;~)
Mike, let me tell you a secret.. I start every one of my drawings with the
same drawing. The name of that drawing/file is 1Start.skp and it is write
protected so that I don't accidentally delete it. This drawing is nothing
more than hints and reminders of things that I don't use often and that I
sometimes have trouble remembering. It may just be a short note or a simple
illustration to serve as a reminder. I see the hints every time I start a
new drawing by beginning with this file. Basically I can't misplace my
hints and notes.
When I open that drawing/ file I select everything, hit delete, and begin
my actual drawing and save as another unique file name.
Oh, now that makes sense. My previous excursions into SU had been so
frustrating had just punted even trying anything else w/ it.
Mayhaps I might try again w/ a different idea on how to approach it
altho I'm still pretty much a "few sketches on a piece o' paper, then go
work it out" kinda' guy...then again, I've quit doing big, complex stuff
that has to fit a hundred thousand pieces together, too, in favor of
smaller stuff can get done in a few days at the outside given that
farming is now the prime activity that requires first dibs...
The time at which was doing so much of the architectural work in
Lynchburg predated the PC time frame by a sizable number of years so it
was a _lot_ of boardwork there. I don't know what the Colonial's used
in Williamsburg, say...altho come to think of it I don't recall ever
seeing any _original_ working drawings on any of the visits there. Lots
of later-made from the existing work, but not original (at least that
I've seen--maybe they're too rare to ever be on display, dunno...).
OK this refers to the plugin, Get Dimensions. This link however has a
plugin tool bar with a tool that serves the same basic function. I have
not tired it yet but will shortly.
That said the one I am using is getdimensions.rb .
I could not find a link to it but I could email the file to you if you
wish. Or try out the on in the link, it is probably better.
The getdimensions does not have an icon but shows up in the Plugins drop
down menu. I assigned a short cut key to access it using CTRL D.
I assigned D to start the Dimension command, it think,,, maybe it was
already a short cut.
Double click on the component|Hit Edit|Select the offending
Close the editing of the component (just use Select tool somewhere on
Then choose Edit/Paste In Place
Now your dimension will no longer be a part of your component, but will
still be in the proper location.
As you've noticed, making your dimensions part of your components is a
Ideally you want all dimension on a "Layer" of their own (and then
assigning said Layer to a "Scene"), but that will come after you get a
bit more proficiency with the program.
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