How do I build without one item sticking to another?


#1

I am using Sketchup for Web. I am modeling a wall built out of 2x4 lumber. For instance, I am trying to make 2 boards touching perpendicularly to form a T, and I want to be able to later move the leg of the T along the length of the arm of the T to a new position.

First I tried building the arm of the T, drawing a rectangle on the side of it, then push/pulling the rectangle into a long board to form the leg of the T. If I later select the leg an try to move it, it sticks to the arm and both are stretched into a strange shape.

Next I tried building the leg separate from the arm and then moving it until it to the arm to make a T. If I leave a small space between the two shapes, I can later move the leg, but then my cumulative measurements will be wrong. Also, often it is impossible to position the leg at my chosen spot; it is as if the inference is off, and I am only allowed to position the leg either 1/8 inch to far to the left or to the right. This way also takes much more time.

Is there a way to build like my first method but prevent the shapes from sticking to each other?

I am using Firefox on Windows 64 bit.

Thanks


#2

Make each distinct board a component before drawing anything more. Groups and components exist in SketchUp for exactly this reason, to capture collections of edges and faces in separate containers that don’t interact.


#3

Thanks for your reply. I have been using Sketchup for about 50 hours so far. I have read the help about groups and components, but do not understand how to use them. If you can tell me how I make each board a separate component, I would be very grateful.

Thanks


#4

Select the items you want to make into a component. Right click on them. A context menu appears offerring several choices. Click on Make Component (or Make Group). This makes it possible to move grouped or componentized items around without the intrinsic “stickiness”.

As a new user, you will benefit from reviewing several of the introductory video tutorials. Links to are provided below for your use:

Getting Started with SketchUp - Part 1
Getting Started with SketchUp - Part 2
Getting Started with SketchUp - Part 3
Getting Started with SketchUp - Part 4

Here is another video tut specifically for SketchUp for Web. It is not an official Trimble tutorial, but it is informative. It was created by a teacher for his middle school students and he mistakenly refers to Google SketchUp (Google relinquished ownership years ago.)

SketchUp for Web


#6

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