Monday, November 7, 2011

What's Coming in Our November Projects?

If you're a subscriber to our Projects of the Month, here's what you'll get on November 15:

Stepped Bubble Letters
This is a favorite project in the enrichment class I teach. You use the 3D Text tool to create a word, then create offsets around the letters. After some clean-up you'll get a great result in 2D:

And it looks even better when pulled up into 3D steps:

How to Work with Huge Models

Another topic that comes up often in the class I teach: someone starts with a large, complicated 3D model and then imports even more large models into it. The example used in this projects is a furnished house, with a sports car in the driveway and water slide in the backyard.

Carrying around that many megabytes can make SketchUp perform slowly. This project shows you some ways to "trim the fat" to make your models work better.

Striped Barber Pole
This project is a result of a customer request: how to model a barber pole. Well, there are two ways to do it. This month's project shows how to import an image of stripes and tilt the image so the stripes are diagonal.

The other method is to create the stripes themselves in SketchUp, which proceed in a spiral pattern. This will be one of December's projects - stay tuned!

As always, our projects are a steal at $36 for the year. They will provide hours of interesting and fun modeling time, for young and old alike! Subscribe here.

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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