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A Beginners' Guide To Using SketchUp 3D Design Tool

Visualise ideas in one hour. Design your house, create for your 3D printer, even make animations. Easier than AutoCad.
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What Will I Learn?
Understand all the basic controls
Make your own 3D models
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  • A PC running Windows Vista or Greater
  • A Mac Running OSX 10.7 or Greater

In this Introduction to SketchUp you will learn all the basics you need in order to use the program.

SketchUp is a wonderful program that helps you visualise your ideas and make them reality. Ever had a problem explaining to someone a idea you had for a room alteration? Well with the course you'll be able to show them!

Whether you are new to using 3D software or even new to a computer, Michael's straight forward explanations ensure you will be making your own models with ease.

The course is broken down in to major categories and most students should be able to complete it within 2 hours.

Who is the target audience?
  • No Prior Knowledge of 3D Modelling is Required
  • Excellent starting point for anyone wanting to know more about 3D Modelling
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 01:56:28
My First Section
4 Lectures 07:00

A Welcome to the SketchUp Course

Preview 01:07

What is SketchUp and Why would you want to use it?

Preview 01:50

A quick look at some of the things you can use SketchUp for.

Preview 02:44
Setting Up SketchUp
2 Lectures 02:54

Where to go and how to download SketchUp

Preview 01:12

How to Install SketchUp on a Windows PC

Preview 01:42
Using SketchUp
10 Lectures 01:18:53

Saving Your Project

Creation Control: Toolbars

Moving Around In SketchUp

Your First SketchUp Creation

Shortcut Keys Reference
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Following on from the Lecture on components, several of you have asked how I created the cone shape on the back of the Chair.

In This Lecture I will show you how this is done and why it can be tricky.

How to Create A Cone

Accurate Measurements
The Final Touches
2 Lectures 09:32
Rendering your Model

Adding dimensions to your model is one of the finishing touches you will do to ensure whatever it is you have made is ready for real world construction.

Adding Dimensions
Moving On
3 Lectures 17:09
In this Lecture I show you how to repeat a component a number of time, either one after the other at a regular interval OR a number of times to fill a desired space
Regular Repetition of Components

Occasionally you will need to re-scale your model. Whether that was because you had SketchUp setup with the wrong base units, like inches instead of mm. Perhaps you have imported a model from the library but it is slightly too small or too large. Or like me you make sometime by eye and then realise it doesn't represent the real-world size of the object.
Scaling Your Model

Whether you are creating a banister, pipe work or a roof line, the follow me tool is highly useful.
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I am a self confessed technology geek, and love teaching people new things.

I think it is a real shame that so many people carry around such wonderfully capable devices yet do nothing but the basics on them. Computers, laptops tablets and smart phones can do much more than most people know. I would like to guide, reassure and educate people in using their technology to add to their lives

I have been playing, yes playing, with technology for as long as I can remember and I still do that today! Admittedly these days with other commitments I do have to watch what I spend as technology can burn a very deep hole and quickly!

As my parents will testify, I have always been inquisitive! even if it meant taking something apart to see how it worked. Of course not knowing how to put it back together again! To this day I love learning new things and developing myself as a person.

Despite my techy background I remain firmly grounded and talk to people using every day language, unnecessary techno-babble drives me bonkers. This allows me to chat with people with limited knowledge on a subject and help them understand more.

By day (and sometimes night) I run a successful local technology support company in Nottingham (UK).

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