I’m looking for some insight into this workflow I am experimenting with.
First of alI use sketchup for a few different things. I build Light Gauge Steel houses in South Africa, but orginally I’m from Connecticut were I built commercial and residential for 15 plus years. I use sketchup in this aspect more as a constructability assessment tool where I will overlay multiple models and will also detail areas as needed.
Another project I have been doing is small panelized cabins that we design, build and sell to clients like game farms and lodges.
The first few I design was a bit of a slog, I was making components and building panels and the results were good. From a single model I could create presentation documents, plans, shop drawings, and with Open Cut List, quotes and bill of materials.
The issue comes when you need to make changes to the design. You have to go back and redo framing and cladding and so on.
So on my latest work I purchased some Medeek pluggins and have been very impressed with them. The drawing/drafting stage has been shorten significantly.
My workflow right now goes like this
Draw with Medeek
Export to dxf
import back to shetchup into a Nick Sonders based template.
Paint components with textures from OCL
Clean up and start to run the documentation process using a mix of Sonder’s templates and Scenes from Medeek’s scene creator.
My biggest issue is Medeek wall creates everything as groups which OCL doesn’t recognize. By exporting it as a dxf It changes all the groups into components which OCL can recognize. But two things happen when I do this. First Medeek can no longer modify the walls, To make changes I have to go back to the original Medeek model and amend and then depending on the changes, go through the steps again. This can be the whole model or just a panel. Second is exporting removes the textures so I need to replace them.
Ideally I would love to be able the whole exporting thing and be able to run OCL directly off of the Medeek model. I would also like to see some changes in OCL. I know that it really isn’t designed to do buildings but with a few tweaks it can be really powerful for this. I would like to see for instance, the sheet goods material not be defined by the bounding box but to the face area. This would work by taking your standard sheet size and dividing it into the face are giving you your material quantity. This would definitely help with irregular shapes as well.
I really love these add-ons @medeek, and @boris.beaulant and @Sonder. I was hoping if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
I also added a Medeek model and an OCL model if anyone is interested in checking them out.
Bernard meedek.skp (3.2 MB)
Bernard OCL.skp (1.9 MB)