Posts Tagged ‘SketchUp’

Dynamic Timber Components

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I made a quick YouTube screen capture of some dynamic timber components I’ve been working on. SketchUp Pro V7 adds new functionality to create parametric components – in this case timbers and joinery that can change size from an option menu as opposed to editing the geometry. Displayed in the video are: dynamic gable shell creator, dynamic posts and timbers, a dynamic rafter, and examples of dynamic joinery. I’ve detailed two small frames using a combination of the dynamic components and Clark Bremer’s TF Rubies. The components need a bit of work – but in all they are a great first step to creating a parametric based timber modeling package.

SketchUp – New Hampshire

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
The view from our wonderful accomodations.

The view from our wonderful accomodations.

Returned from teaching an intense two day introduction to SketchUp workshop in Tamworth, New Hampshire. We had a small class and focused on using the software for timber frame design (but the techniques can be applied to furniture design, woodworking, and other general construction tasks). The group had a wide range of skills – so we started with the absolute basics and worked our way into compound roof design, shop drawings, and even took a quick look at exporting materials lists for estimating and job site coordination. In the right hands and with a bit of creativity SketchUp can be a powerful presentation, fabrication, and estimating tool for designers and builders. Special thanks to Jon and family for putting us up in a wonderful rustic farmhouse with an amazing view of the White Mountains.

Basic workshop frame including joinery design.

Basic workshop frame including joinery design.