Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Traveling Through Space in SketchUp

I've posted about Guzman Tierno before - he's a middle school math teacher in Italy who does amazing things with his students in SketchUp. Last May, I posted his video of the SketchUp-modeled battle of Troy - you HAVE to see it. He's very into Sketchy Physics, and created a cool (and slightly disturbing) video of a 24-vehicle mashup.

This time it's something short and sweet - a model of spaceship, created from an 11-year old student's hand drawing, in an animation that looks like it's flying through space.

The spaceship itself was "painted" using Photo Match, and the animation was created using scenes. The background image is simply a watermark, which is defined as part of a SketchUp style. I'm going to show how it's done in one of March's Projects of the Month.

What a great way to combine technology with hand-made creativity! If all teachers were like Guzman, we'd be graduating many more future engineers and builders...

If you want to poke around the actual SketchUp model and see how this was done, click the image below to open the model's 3D Warehouse page.

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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