What I want in SketchUp:
If the software is now being applied as a hard surface modeling tool for 3D Print Building, than a Chamfer and Fillet Tool needs to be part of the tool sets. One with multiple options like SolidWorks that is organic to SketchUp, not a Plug-In Tool.
A Watertight Test feature is required if the software is now capable of exporting as an STL. If it exists, then there needs to be a clear “How To” because I can never get the Solid Surface test to work.
A rigging system for hard surface game modeling assets needs to at least be considered.
I do not have a need for dashed lines with model building, I fail to understand the significance.
I cannot afford $3600 for an annual SolidWorks license . . . especially when it is an obnoxiously anti-intuitive software. The only way I will be able to improve with it is under an employer’s business license.
For your direct questions:
I am a Gen X’er. I could not tell you who I spoke with at cooper union. It was some time in The Nineties as I was leaving junior high. I went to a general purpose high school, then went to SVA for Cartooning and Illustration.
Then I enlisted. Then The War broke out. Then I did what I was trained to do.
Then I got hurt.
Now I am trying to piece my life back together. This is difficult, as I can still draw comics, but not at the industry standard of three pages a day. Even if I could draw at the pace I used to, with the insane politics at Marvel Comics now, I would have no hope of getting hired. Despite being ten times better than at least half their new artists, with my background, I am “Not Diverse Enough”.
Using my other skills such a logistics, record keeping, information analysis, paperwork processing, personnel management are effectively impossible when doors are slammed in your face because people still trade in “Crazy Veteran” stereotypes.
So I had leave new york forever. Went back to school for Industrial Design.
Training in CADD proved very difficult with my brain injury. Discovered the hard way I have a learning disability now, when before someone only had to show me the method once. I figured out what had to be done to adapt and solve the problems.
Now I am looking a CADD Draftsman 9 to 5, I could not care less if it is “boring”. I have lost around 30 pounds since leaving The Army, not the kind of pounds a man wants to lose. Kinda tired of starving.
SketchUp will serve as a support tool until I can advance from “functional” to “proficient” in 3DS and SolidWorks. Then it will serve me with my “Garage Business” plans.