Monday, April 9, 2012

What's Coming in our April Projects?

I'm really excited about this month's Projects of the Month!  I'm introducing my new favorite SketchUp plugin: Sketchy Physics (which is free), and also including a project involving Google Earth.

I want to get lots of you to try Sketchy Physics, so the subscription is ON SALE this month - for just $20 you get a full year of projects, 3 per month! (Normal price: $36.)

Sketchy Physics Domino Run

This fun project shows you how to create a basic domino run, using Sketchy Physics to define the play table and each domino. Set them up, then drag the first domino into the second one to start the run.

I used the method from this project to create a longer, fancier run - check out the video below to see it in action! 

  video

Waterfall House 
It's been a while since I wrote up something on the interaction between SketchUp and Google Earth. The UI in SketchUp 8 is a bit different than in previous versions, so this project shows how to find the exact spot you want your model, get that spot imported into SketchUp, and place your model on it. This particular house sits atop a waterfall, so you'll also have to make sure you're getting the right elevation on the terrain.


Sierpinsky Triangle
This particular fractal is famous in 2D, and this project shows how to create it in 3D, starting by copying a single tetrahedron into a 4-tetrahedron pyramid.

By using nested components, aided by the Outliner (SketchUp's very handy but little-used component organizer), you can easily grow from one pyramid into many, and even add some artistic embellishment!
You don't want to miss out on this set! Sign up for Projects of the Month, at the special April sale price of $20!


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