Hello all. I am a beginner, tried to learn Sketchup many times, never stuck with it long enough to become proficient. I always went back to Corel Draw as all I needed was 2D illustrations.
Now that I have a 3D printer, I need to get serious about it.
I am a Welding Engineer, started at GM many years ago, now I help with automotive welding line startups, and prototype shops, and I am pretty well known around Detroit.
The big attraction with Sketchup is its “stability”, by that I mean I don’t have to constantly buy new software for illustrations every time MicroSoft changes Windows. I started with MicroGrafx Designer years ago, many changes, new owners, now it is Corel Draw, way more expensive, way more complex but no better in capabilities, it gets frustrating.
I have tried to learn Sketchup many times over the last decade, but I always run into a problem and then I just put it aside. At one time I drew my whole house, but now I can’t figure out how I did it, so it is like starting all over…
Recently I made a small object to hold a security camera, had a small problem trying to get opposite faces parallel so I could insert a hole in a mounting flange. I cheated by lowering it on the build plate with my slicer program, but I am not proud of such a shameful work-around my ineptitude.