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I have a friend of mine who I work with at a closet company. She's a designer and I'm a Cad engineer.
She, along with several other designers, draw everything by hand for some of our other cad peoples to draw their vision in CV. (I'm not looking for her to be able to present it to clients, just draw what she wants our cad peoples to draw in CV.
I would like to help her increase productivity and spend more time witj her family, so I mentioned learning sketch up.
I myself am a beginner at sketch up, but in some regards know enough to be dangerous.
Can sketch up do the following and if so, how?
1. Draw lines like autocad in plan, elevation and section in a 2-D format and keep it as 2-d. Then, as she goes along and feels more comfortable, move into the 3-D aspect
I want to make her "idea" time cut down.
2. I figured because fortunately sketch up is free, it wouldn't cost her anything but time.
3. What benefits do you get from buying the Pro version, vs the free version?
4. Does anyone have a link where I may download and upload closet accessories into sketch up? Baskets, valet poles, etc.
5. Where's the "drawings page" or autocads term "paper space? Where can I learn how to put it To Drawings so she can print it out?
Thanks ahead of time!
SketchUp is an ideal tool for closet design.
1. going through the tutorial videos. Give yourself 4-6 hours to practice.
2. Creating your own library of primitive or starter objects such as cabinets, pulls and counters. These can be found on http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ . Another 4 hours.
3. Installing essential plugins and learning them. You need FredoScale (http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=323&t=17948) and Mirror (http://thecadaddict.googlepages.com/Mirror.rb) at least. 1 hours to master the basics of Fredoscale and the Mirror plugin. Google essential SketchUp plugins for more.
It does not make sense to do regular 2D drawings in Sketchup. Because there are several free CAD programs that can you that better and easier. Such as SolidEdge 2D, Draftsight, doubleCAD, nanoCAD etc. (SolidEdge has no command line and is totally button operated. It seems easier for novices and it saves to DWG with paperspace like all the other CAD programs mentioned. Personally I use AutoCAD.)
I am in favour of jumping to 3D in sketchup and using the cabinets others have made in the 3D warehouse. Then use Fredoscale to stretch them to the size you want. You can also download your Baskets, valet poles, etc. from 3DWarehouse
4. In order to have formal Shop drawings in Sketchup you will need SketchupPRO with Layout. The latest Layout also has hatches for your sections. $600. Layout out is the equivalent of PaperSpace in AutoCAD. Layout has it's own learning curve so allow 4-6 hours to learn that too.
Adopting new software is always an investment of time. Sketchup is one of the most intuitive direct modeling packages available. Learn it properly. Go through all the video tutorials.(http://www.sketchup.com/learn) Install FredoScale and the Mirror Plugin.
I hope this helps.
Thank you very much for your thorough response. It definately helps!
Just so i understand you correctly, if i want to make drawings on paper from sketch up, i need to have the Pro version?
CabinetSense should do most of what you want.
Sketchup based, easy to learn.
That is partially correct.
After using sketchup for quite sometimes, there are work-arounds that work.
Your friend could model the closet she wants to make in 3-D and then present all of the information in 2-D using the views options. This type of modeling is known as BIM.
Having the PRO version, with Layout would be the most effective way of doing things. However, there is a way to get it all done in the free version.
If you're really interested, get in contact with me and we can talk it through.