Who are you, who, who?
I am Pascal Suter, i was born and still live in Switzerland, near Zurich
What is your industry and profession?
I work at a computer manufacturer in Switzerland, we are mainly in the High Performance Computing and Server Business, 98% of my work with Linux Systems as both User and Admin
Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
Personally, I love Woodworking and am about to get into CNC as well. So far i have used Sketchup mainly to replace pen and paper when engineering new projects. I then created cutlists (using the CutList plugin) and ordered the panels from a nearby wood shop.
Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?
After trying some other CAD Software (mainly Linux compatible stuff, as Linux is my main OS both privatly as well as professionally) Sketchup was the one that does what I need. It is very easy and fast to start with a single wood pannel and start building from there. It is almost like sketching something up on paper, only alot easier and faster! I love the way things can evolve and how i can start designing without knowing in advance how I am going to build every joint and detail about my project. Also the price of the Pro version is affordable for private use and now with CNC coming up, i will probably soon upgrade to Pro also to get constraints as i am missing those in the Maker edition. The only Thing that keeps me trying other CAD programs and that keeps me from finally buying Sketchup Pro so far is that it is a hassle to use it under Linux. So far my best User Experience was running it in a Virtual Machine, but that requires quite a fast PC and is now broken with 2017.
How proficient are you in SketchUp?
I’d say intermediate. I have first started using it in 2015 and it has since become my tool of choice to design new projects. I am by now a lot faster drawing something on SketchUP than i am drawing it by hand on a piece of paper.
Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
Nope, learning by doing and watching your great tutorials
What is your current set up? Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.
Linux Workstation with Intel® Xeon® CPU E3-1265L v3 @ 2.50GHz, 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. On top of that i run VMware Player 12 with Windows 10 and 3D acceleration enabled. In the VM i then run SketchUP Make 2017. So far everything except for highlighting faces works but it is a lot slower than on my wife’s Thinkpad running Win10 natively.
Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models
No, I’m not that good yet
Anything else you would like to tell us?
Please add Linux support… I would already be happy if you’d test SketchUp to run decently with Wine but needing a VM to make it work half way is just not something i want to rely on.
What is your favorite Emoji?
Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…?
that sounds extremely boring!