I’m in the middle of a huge house/kitchen remodel. I had designed the entire project in SketchUp Desktop over a year ago (before SketchUp for iPad was out).
Since the model was basically done I have been using my iPad to show contractors, electricians, and plumbers the 3D model so they could get a sense of the job they had to do.
Not a whole lot of modeling was happening ON the iPad with this project.
I have been doing a lot of testing with the iPad, but these past few days I finally had a killer use case for it:
In this part of the kitchen we have a live edge slab I’m putting in. The slab sits on top of a raised wall.
Under that wall there are metal brackets that hold up the counter. The brackets need to be screwed into studs so the counter has good support. This is the wall that I built:
It’s not obvious from that one picture, but the stud spacing is critical and dictated by the random curves in the slab.
So while it looks like it’s a simple studded wall, there’s a bit more too it. I had to plan the cuts for all the 2x4s, and the plywood skin on the front and the back. I also had to account for some posts (not pictures) that are going on the end. Those posts were planed down.
I had all of the material to built it in the shop. Instead of getting my laptop out and pre-planning the whole build (as I do with a lot of my builds) I just “went for it” in the shop with the iPad.
I was able to lay out my shelf brackets, reference live dimensions I was pulling from the slab itself, some scrap building materials that I had on hand, and other one off dimensions:
The resulting model isn’t anything special, but it was so great to be able to just kinda “sketch” out what I wanted in the moment.
I was able to check dimensions as a went along building easily with the tape measure tool.
The only real point of friction is getting files in to/out of SketchUp. I am a long time Google Drive user. I know I can open SketchUp files from Drive on the iPad, but there’s friction in saving them back, I have to “share” them to Drive or move them around with Files on the iPad.
Other than that, this was a great experience in the shop @MikeTadros