I have an idea of a product that I would like to manufacture. It is a mechanical device that requires CNC machining and some other fabrication processes (bending, welding, anodizing, polishing etc.).
But there are so many variations that I think it would be better to allow the customer to design it rather than try to guess the most popular configuration. Also I would like to give the customer the option of making some parts themselves and only ordering the components they actually need to save costs.
I would like to create software that would allow them to specify parameters and have the program generate a 3D representation that they can then manipulate using Sketchup’s tools to customize.
- Is this possible in a Sketchup plugin?
- Do you know of another Sketchup plugin that is similar that I could examine (preferable open source)?
- I have some programming experience but not in Ruby. Is there a book that shows how to create this software particularly well.