As I was cruisin’ around the wine shop a few night’s ago, admiring a particular wine label, I thought it was about time for a Skill Builder on the topic of mapping images to curved surfaces in SketchUp.
I remember way back when I started learning SketchUp, I wanted to draw a robot. I wanted the robot to have a nice smooth domed head. I was able to do so… kind of. Initially my geometry looked great and smooth, but as I edited it and changed the geometry, some of the edges were showing up and ruining the smoothness of my robo-dome!
After seeing samples of stunning city planning documents from Houseal Lavigne Associates, we were excited to sit down with Devin Lavigne, Co-Founder, to get an inside look at his workflow. Luckily, he was candid enough to show us an actual client project he was working on. Devin started with a blank SketchUp document and transformed it into one of their signature graphics.
There are many amazing things you can do with the Profile Builder 2 extension, but we were particularly inspired by the way John Brock of BrockWorks, Inc. uses it to swiftly create 3D foundation walls from 2D wall sections – basically, his own custom, parametric wall assemblies.
David Heim is a veteran book and magazine editor specializing in woodworking. He has been writing about and teaching SketchUp for more than four years, and says he never begins any project until he has previewed it in SketchUp. This is another guest post from David on modeling principles for woodworkers.