I hope I am not making too much of a a fool of myself by asking this but could someboy please help me create a lathed shape using the follow-me tool? I know it should be the easiest task in the world but I tried and tried but just couldn’t get the job done! The final result is supposed to look kind of like a frisbee filled with concrete
(Please forgive me my obvious lack of professional vocabulary, and please be patient with me as I am a total beginner…)
Here’s how I proceeded:
I first drew up a circle to serve both as the bottom side of the ‘frisbee’ and as the path for the follow-me tool. Then, I drew a line from the center of the circle upwards and from there, two parallelled lines towards the outer edge of the circle. Finally, I connected the endings of both parallels with an arc. (see pic 1)
(I noticed that the face I created could not be moved away from its predetreminded position using the ‘move’ command. If I try to move it away after selecting it, the outward end point of the lower parallel line remains attached to the edge of the circle, thereby distorting the shape of the face as I move it away from the circle. Is this normal? How can I reposition the face without distorting it?)
Finally, when using the follow-me tool as described in the helpline article ‘Follow Me Tool: Creating a lathed shape’ (http://help.sketchup.com/de/article/94854), the face disappears and a strange cut-out appears in the circle.
Any idea what went wrong there?
On a similar project (see pic3), I also failed to create a lathed shape using this command, as shown in the picture below. In this case, I wanted SketchUp to ‘wrap’ the long triangle-shaped face around the top two thirds of the ‘pole’, following the path represented by the circle on top of the pole. This also failed.