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.
Posts Tagged ‘Timber Frame Design’
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.