Attached is a once very neat and now very overworked drawing. It started out with a drawing of the current arrangement of my kitchen (Outline: __Current Group); Objects in the kitchen that were fixed and would not change (Outline: Fixed Cabinets and stove); the refrigerator with an open door (Outline: Fridge with door); the floor, including the raised tile (Outline: ____Floor): the wall with the light switch from which all measurements were taken and all objects placed (Outline: ____Wall); and most important, and subdivided into relevant sub-projects the new objects to be placed/constructed (Outline: New Cabinets), etc.
Originally the Outline was configured in ways I would normally configure Layers in a CAD program. Because I could not arrange “layers” anything but alphabetically, I used under-bars to create the arrangement.
Progressively, as I made changes, I needed to ungroup sub-sections of the outline–so the mess began. My latest two changes were moving ‘End Vertical’, and ‘Vertical between fridge and counter’ out of Cabinet behind/above Fridge//Vertical Components to Cabinet behind/above Fridge. Apparently I have not moved them out far enough.
There are three subjects I’d like to explore:
How I use CAD software: I’ve typically used CAD software to a) create a before; b) manipulate that before into in-betweens; and c) finally create a finished, new design. I know this is possible in SketchUp. What I want to know is, in your opinion: Is this a legitimate and recommended way to manipulate drawings in SketchUp?
How I like to structure objects in CAD software: I’ve typically structured Layers in CAD software to handle related objects so that I can call them up or disappear them as necessary as the design process is going on. Because I have only an outliner available in SketchUp (sorry, but ‘Layers’ and ‘Tabs’ as Make and Pro respectively offer are not the equivalent of Layers) In your opinion: Is this a legitimate and recommended way to structure drawings in SketchUp?
Disappearing Act: I now want to present a few objects (to reduce the problem to it’s very essentials): End vertical, Vertical between fridge and counter, Floor, Tile and Wall. so that I can view the guidelines that I already drew, and simply extrude the Vertical between fridge and counter so it’s the same width as the End vertical’ (obviously, there’s a lot more I want to do). By the time I’ve clicked down far enough to get the extrude tool to indicate it can extrude the 3/4" edge, everything else in the drawing has disappeared.
a) How need I handle #3 and b) Do so while still retaining the sense of progress and order I’d hoped for in #1 and #2 respectively?
(Note: I’ve always assumed this was the way everyone worked. It could be that most simply have a concept of the finished product and just plug away until it’s drawn up.)
Well I guess I have another question. I’ve uploaded my .skb file before but now it is saying sigh…K_30_Top_Hunter_5.skp (898.6 KB)