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#822

Hello I’m Mike Caron

Currently live near Davis, CA

I work for the State of California as an architectural project planner. I use SU for side projects in retail design as a design consultant for several clients (contractors, architects, shop owners, etc.). I just love this software and its entire approach to design…of anything and everything. currently in my role at the S O CA I use the ever present Goliath - AutoCad (though SU is an adept David) and so I am always comparing the two. It’s really like comparing work to fun! I would say I am an intermediate CAD drafter but relative newbie when it comes to SU.

What really sold me on the latest version is the way Layout has and continues to evolve as true substitute to other software in generating CD’s for permit submittal. I used to use Vectorworks, and Autocad for that task. I am continually impressed with the users out there who have effectively incorporated that use of LO in their approach to creating CD’s. Love it!

Currently I’m working on creating my own scrapbook items to include and use with particular graphic qualities used in CD’s. I will post projects of my work after some further advancing and… deem it worthy of posting.

As for long walks on the beach? That’s fine enough but I prefer to hike the high country of Colorado (my home state). I love the feeling standing at many of the view points (ports?) where you seem to be on top of the world. And I have a special affinity to the founders of SketchUp who are fellow CU’ers like myself!

Thanks for reading…


#823

Hello to the forum…
I’m Tom and am in systems engineering (not IT!)…
I have used SketchUp to make tent plans, garage layout plans and, recently, portable radio equipment frames…
I use sketchup because I don’t have visio…frankly at this point I can find nothing good about it only perhaps its free…to me its a frustration generator that lacks intuitiveness…I can be much more productive with PowerPoint but am trying to pick this up…just wasted an hour trying to generate/arrange a dozen 1/2" dia short pvc pipes…hence the visit…
So I guess I’m a beginner…
3DBasecamp? sounds like a Garmin app
Currently using an older laptop with a larger screen…
3D warehouse? is that another big-box store?
Favorite Emoji? sounds like over-priced coffee from some far off land
I’m sure to those folks who have modeling backgrounds its a great tool that’s easy to pickup and, by the looks of some of the examples shown, quite powerful.
Will have to give the tutorials an honest go…
thanks


#824

Welcome to SketchUp Community — thanks for contributing!

I think you’ll find SketchUp to be easy to grasp, probably more so than any competing CAD software…give it a chance and take note of how your modeling skills will advance in the coming weeks and months.

One of the fastest and most effective ways to get up to speed with SU is to view the ictutorialvideos provided by the SU Team or the introductory videos on YouTube… Click the bold type to be taken to the linked videos. There are many others so if you search for them and study those that appeal to you, you will be modeling like a pro in little time. Be patient and take a shot!


#825

Hi, I’m Tom Dullage, I live in Lancashire, UK and am a retired operations engineer, having worked in nuclear power stations for many years. My main hobbies are photography and woodwork, both steep learning curves. I’ve just downloaded Sketchup Make, in the hope of producing plans for wooden toys, which I make primarily for my grandchildren.
I am new to this type of program, so a complete beginner, who will, no doubt, have lots of questions!


#826

Hi, I’m Benjamin. I hope I’m introducing myself and posting this to the right place?

I can’t figure out how to create or find a reference point and insert .skp files such as the following to the same reference point.

http://drop.affixa.com/f0xj9W/CRR%20Furniture.skp
http://drop.affixa.com/30xj9k/CR%20Columns%20and%20stairs.skp

Thanks for your help!


#827

Hello all, im Tommaso Gomez, im new.
Thank to this forum and all of you to share your skills to help other people and make better work.
Im 53 yo, working as a art director in animation studio in italy. Im a set designer, concept artist and ive learned SkUp by myself, from 5/6 years.
I have integrated this sw in the studio workflow not without negateve suspct fro other collegues, IT, etc. you know that animation is a great field that grow a lot, changing from 2d to 3d. I was, a designer, im a designer, and sketching and drawing all the times, SkUp, give me the same feelings as when i draw…startinfg from a rough defining step by step, and finishin it as a model…
This kind of work is been a great succes that have got a great implementation in my job. Is very usefull for storyboard artist, and model artist.
For example who, as me, not have maya skills, usuing SkUp is a great help to discuss with the artist that model my idea. Often a model artist not have drawing skillsand can be hard to explain some details or a shape.
Often i export my model and the artist copy from it and define details
Often storyboard artist use my renderingd also in screenshot, to choose the better layout for the scene. And sometime a short animation explain the whole environment better than a lot of drawings. I do my experience by myself, now i want upgrade my skills.
Your help will be appeciated
Thank for reading
Tommaso


#828

Hello Everyone,

I’m Jodie Davis from Hickory Flat, Georgia. I design cuckoo clocks and have them made at the Anton Schneider factory in the Black Forest.

Years ago I fell in love with the clocks made in the 60’s and 70’s. That, of course, made me want to design my own. So I did. My vision for my business is tor reinvent cuckoo clocks for today. Same beautiful craftsmanship, but clocks of lasting design that reflect or passions and fit in our homes.

My first three models were developed in Germany from my sketches. While I’ve played with Sketchup in the past, I now have a purpose: I’m setting about to create finished, working prototypes of my clocks myself, with production in mind.

I’m looking forward to being part of the community and learning a lot!

Jodie
The Cuckoo Clock Designer


#829

Who are you, who, who?

My name is Jasper Coolen

What is your industry and profession?

I have my own company in sound, light, stages etc,

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?

a few times pe ryear I use sketchup for this, but for the more complex drawnings, I use other programs. Because somehow when importing autocad files to sketchup, it messes the files up. For now I am usuing it for the redesign of a house I want to buy.

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?

Because it is free, and there is more free information on the internet.

How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced?

Beginner

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?

No I had to use Duck Duck go, to find out what it was.

What is your current set up? Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.573

Selfbuild pc, sketchup 2015 make

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?

No did not even know that this excisted.

Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…)

No not realy, if I forgot anything, please ask me.

What is your favorite Emoji?

I only use ;-), to show that something was a joke. Sometimes I use :slight_smile: and ;-(. Thats all I know, I have to look on the internett for others.

Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…?

My house is less then 5 minutes from the beach, I love it.


#830

I’m Renato SIlva an architect from São Paulo, Brazil.
Architecture and construction.
I started using SKP like a hobby, but nowadays I’m using it professionally.
I use SKP because it is simple, quick to learn and to use.
I’m begginer!!!
I use it in a Dell Laptop Core i7 8GB, using AMD Randeon Video plate… I’m getting problems to start…maybe I need to improve my computer…
My Sketch Up is 2017!
Unfortunately I don’t have a page with my works yet…


#831

Make sure that you are using a recent version of the AMD graphics driver, and that SketchUp is set to use the Radeon card (application preferences on the Radeon control panel).


#832

Hi. My name is Rik Owens.

What is your industry and profession? - I am a Real Estate professional in Phoenix, AZ.

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally? - Both! Part of my business is flipping houses for myself, or for investors. When I begin a renovation project, I use SketchUp to draw the current floor plan of a home, and then the fun begins! With SketchUp I can easily produce several options for a new floor plan and remodel. People always ask me how I came up with specific ideas regarding the changes I make to some of these houses. It is because I can look at every option from every angle with SketchUp. So I have all the plans on paper before beginning demo on a project. It’s a lot more fun than blue prints, and a lot less expensive! I also do a lot of woodworking as a hobby. I use SketchUp to draw every project I build before I even set foot into the shop.

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? - Using SketchUp allows me to see all the possibilities of a project before I ever lift a hammer to build (or demo) something. Any mistakes in design ideas, or material estimates can be made on the computer rather than on the project. Ultimately it saves me tons of time and money by eliminating a lot of the mistakes that might have been made “on the job”.

How proficient are you in SketchUp? - I am probably an intermediate. I only use SketchUp Make. I have been learning by trial and error for about the last 15 years or so. And while there are tons of amazing things that I do know how to do, I am sure that there are probably tons and tons of things that I don’t know how to do, but would be glad if I did. Mostly, I just love drawing on it. I have even taught my 8 year old daughter a lot of SketchUp. She uses it to draw her own “dream house.” She loves it even more than playing video games! I rely heavily on the 3D warehouse to furnish the homes in my drawings. So thank you to all who contribute!

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp? No.

What is your current set up? - I use SketchUp Make on my laptop which is my main computer. It’s an HP Envy with a 17" screen and an intel core i7 processor, an Intel HD 4600 graphics card, and 16 GB RAM.
My daughter uses it on my old desktop computer. HP with a quad core processor and an ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 graphics card, and 8 GB RAM. (On this machine, every few minutes the program freezes and the cursor turns to a blue circle and a message appears at the top of the window saying “SketchUp not responding” for several minutes before it “unfreezes” and she can draw again. I would love to know if there is a way to avoid that.)

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us? - No. I don’t know how to create a 3D warehouse.

Anything else you would like to tell us? - I have referred several people to SketchUp over the years! It has been an AMAZING tool for me!

What is your favorite Emoji? - :beers:

Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…? - Sure. Who Doesn’t??? :rofl:


#833

Hi Rik, welcome to the SketchUp Community Forum. Have a godd read and I bet you’ll find some new stuff you can apply.

FWIW, you need to be using SketchUp Pro, not Make.


#834

I’m a woodworker and am just beginning Sketchup. By just beginning, I mean I’ve spent but a few hours working with it. I’m on a Mack book pro Retina 15 inch, mid 2015 with an 2.8 GHz Intel Core 17. I want to design desks and tables initially.


#835

My name is Dan, I’m a project specialist at an online pipe and fittings distributor.

I use Sketchup personally, but have used it on a professional basis to design pipe and fittings structures.

I use Sketchup mainly because it’s free. I do a lot of DIY projects at home, and I quite enjoy being able to model them for the boss (AKA my wife). I also really enjoy the user interface. It took some getting used to, never having any experience previously with any CAD or 3D modeling software, but it didn’t take long.

I would say I’m an intermediate user. I’m still not venturing too far out into extensions, and I’m sure I’m not using all the tools to my benefit. However, when I use SketchUp at work, we use PipeAlongPath to make builds easier, as well as a number of dynamic fitting components.

My current setup is SketchUp Make 2017 running on a Dell Precision with an i7 and Win10Pro.


#836

Hello my name is Neil. I am retired Safety Engineer. (? more on that latter.) I am 'somewhat familiar with Sketchup. I would like to use Sketchup with my local architect. I have a meeting to discuss what software he uses for his drawings. (more to come on this subject.)

I only use Sketchup ‘personally’.

I consider my self a beginner at this point.

I have NOT used 3D Base camp and plan to learn more about it.

My computer is a Apple MacBook Pro, using Sketchup Make.

I would like to “blend” photography and sketchup. Foreground, and Backgraound = Photo
Drawing from architect in the middle.


#837

Hi everyone. Mick Campbell here. I’m an architect who is now an instructor in the Interior Design Department at my local community college here in Charlotte, NC. I have been very heavy into SketchUP for 5+ years now and have been teaching courses in it for more than 3. I even played with it some before it was a part of Google (i know, I’m dating myself).

I’ve been reading the blogs and boards off-on on as long as I have know there was a SketchUp and decided it was long overdue time that I actually officially joined this awesome community. By-the-way, I’m MickC57 on the warehouse and below is my scalie with my best friend Buster the Basset Hound…Warmest regards, Mick


#838

Hi @mitchell.campbell,

We are happy to have you as a member, I’m sure that your contributions to this forum will be significant and look forward to your ongoing participation! Welcome!


#839

Hy All,

I am Brecht van der Laan, product designer form the Netherlands. I did my first work in SU before it was owned by Google. I have always been a fan, but never used it extensively or professionally. Now I convinced my current employer to get a Pro license and i find myself more and more on this forum, running against the boundaries of what I have teached myself until now. So it was time to get an account an introduce myself.

Brecht


#840

Who are you, who, who?
Hi, I am Alice and new to this forum. :grinning:

What is your industry and profession?
I am a designer in the high end luxury property development, mainly do interior design but can pretty much do a bit of everything.

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
Use Sketchup professionally

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?
How easy it is to use, until you start using the plugins… Anyone here yes V-ray? :unamused:

How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced?
I would say … intermediate. I taught myself so I am sure I have a lot to learn still

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
No…

What is your current set up? Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.578
Sketchup Pro - 2017 on MAC

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…)
Erm, no warehouse page, nothing else really to say… Just on here to hopefully get a bit of help to improve my renders.

What is your favorite Emoji?
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Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…? Yes!


#841

I subscribed to that forum some time ago, but never really participated … Time to solve that !

Who are you, who, who?
My name is Jocelyn, 21 years old guy from France. I love 3D printing & I’m a huge car enthusiast.

What is your industry and profession?
I’m an apprentice in an engineering school, and working in automotive industry.

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
I use it only personally for a lot of different purposes : creation of models of cars (real or my own design), making of parts for 3D printing, architectural rendering

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? (Besides using it to impress the babes/bros…)
I started using it when I was 11 or 12, almost 10 years ago, because it’s really an easy software to understand. And I’ve never left it since SketchUp 6, even if I work sometimes on other softs.

How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced?
Hmm … Hard to say, somewhere between intermediate and advanced : I can do almost what I want with SketchUp, but I think that I still have a lot to learn and discover about SKP.

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
I would love it, I hope it will be organized in Europe one day :wink:

What is your current set up? Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.578 (Your lake house and Ferrari don’t count)
I work on my Asus laptop, 15.4" screen / Intel Core i5 5200U / Intel HD Graphics 5500
Not a beast, but enough for SketchUp :blush:
Oh, and I run SketchUp Make 2017.

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
Sure I have one, here is my page : https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/user.html?id=0344541181552283433102590&nav=models
It’s full of cars, most of them are my own designs, under the fictional brand name “Avantis Motors”

Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…)
As I said before, I love 3D printing. I own a 3D Printer, a Dagoma DiscoEasy200.
I’ve shared a few designs on Thingiverse : https://www.thingiverse.com/MrJoce/designs

What is your favorite Emoji?
:red_car:

Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…?
Of course ! And I live not far from the beach ^^