I’ve been messing with this for hours and just can’t figure out a great way to accomplish this task. Imagine you have a piece of wood shaped like the number 6. You want to use a router to carve out a groove inside the number to embed LED lights. How would I draw this in SketchUp? I’ve tried the follow tool, but because of the odd shape (even created stopping points), it didn’t exactly come out right.
So then I thought about creating a flat 6 and creating a duplicate 6 inside of it by scaling to be smaller, then extruding (push/pull) the outside to create the thickness, thus leaving a routed out channel inside it (the reduced size copy). But scaling the original 6 down doesn’t work for obvious reasons. What I need to do is “shrink” (constrict?) all the walls in by X mm. I’m just not sure how to do that.
The whole purpose for this is that I want to 3D print these numbers so I can put LEDs inside them to eliminate them from behind.