Friday, November 12, 2010

3D Warehouse: the Wild, Wild West

The 3D Warehouse is like the Wild West - a big free-for-all. Anyone can go in there and add whatever they want.

Here's a useful blog post by my friend Eric Schimelpfenig, a kitchen/bath designer and SketchUp expert. He discussed a problem we've all had - downloading a 3D Warehouse model that's HUGE (or too tiny), and you need to change its size to fit your model.

For example, he found a dinner plate that could crush not only the table, but the entire kitchen:

And a knife that could slice an entire house (or an entire neighborhood):

A simple use of the Scale tool solves the problem in most cases, and you can also use the Tape Measure for exact sizing.

Eric also lists a few kitchen/bath collections in the 3D Warehouse that are of high quality, so you won't get stuck with UFO-sized coffee cups!

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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