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xmetrix 15th April, 2006 06:58 PM

Sketching out your next mod
Just a quick word for those of you who wish to make sketches of your next mod. I'd suggest using a program called Sketchup. It's truly amazing in the way it works compared to other programs (rhino, autocad, 3dsm, etc.) It allows the complete novice to create intricate designs/cuts/shapes with ease.

I rate myself as pretty advanced with 3dsm, master of rhino, and proficient in autocad and I highly recommend using sketchup for its pure modeling speed and ease of use.

Check it out by downloading the fully functional timed trial here:

raphael2040 16th April, 2006 10:45 AM

Hehe. I use SketchUp for all of my mods. It's a cool program, albeit the timed trial. =O

aghastpumpkin 16th April, 2006 03:18 PM

Sketchup was also suggested in Custom PC. I'll give it a go - sounds good.

xmetrix 24th April, 2006 07:08 AM's a model of something robbiedude might be able to tell you what it's a model of. I sketched up this model in Sketchup 5 exported to a .3ds file, imported in 3dsm7, rendered it out. watcha think?!

xmetrix 24th April, 2006 07:09 AM

I'll be posting the video on my site shortly and I'll throw up a link :) frontpage anyone?

dsio 24th April, 2006 08:14 AM

Extremely good bit of kit mate.

kellamne 24th April, 2006 12:40 PM

Thats pretty cool

xmetrix 24th April, 2006 02:10 PM

ok, i've uploaded a nice 38 minute video lol. you can watch how easy it is (without narration sorry) to model in sketchup.

I've set it up to stream so you can jump to any location instead of downloading the 52mb file.

it's at mms:// or
You'll need windows media player, vlan, or any other player that supports the MMS protocol.

robbie 24th April, 2006 02:12 PM

Do you ever sleep!?!?!?! HAHAHAH Nice work on our old house!!

Favu 28th April, 2006 04:46 PM

Guys, Google bought up Sketchup (hah) and you can download it for free HERE

How cool is that? :)

booman 28th April, 2006 06:49 PM

I'm a huge Auto CAD fan. I love it because it is so quick. I've have designed websites, 3d renderings, computers, and my custom house with CAD. I have been working with 2007 recently and they have made some of the 3d tools easier to use like in 3d max. It is really cool.
I'll check out Sketchup and see what it is like. I have used Rhino and VIZ Render (just like 3d MAX) and still think that CAD is superior in the 3d building. CAD doesn't quite have the rendering or animation capabilites and Viz but the 2007 has stepped it up.

Great Rendering of the house by the way. It looks like it was made of real foam core or card board.

booman 28th April, 2006 06:50 PM

Here's a recent model I did of a computer mod idea.

xmetrix 29th April, 2006 03:26 PM


Originally Posted by Favu
Guys, Google bought up Sketchup (hah) and you can download it for free HERE

How cool is that? :)

There are some differences though. You don't get the full version with the ability to export to popular 3d file formats (dwf, 3ds, etc). As well as a few other things. check the site for the list of differences.

booman 1st May, 2006 03:32 PM

I played with Sketchup on Friday and was very impressed. It is very user friendly! I could draw on any axis just by rolling the mouse around. I love how the lines snap to almost anything without being annoying.
I also love the guides (dotted lines) that help you to line up everything.
And I love that you can draw to scale just by inserting numbers for the length of lines/offset/diameters. Very cool program. I caught on quickly because I am familiar with 3d drawing and quickly added some mapping.
I haven't had a chance to mess with the rendering part of the program like lighting.

xmetrix 1st May, 2006 04:51 PM

hold shift while you hit any of those dotted guide lines and it snaps to that axis. you can also hover over any point, vertice, line, intersection to get it to snap perpindicular, parallel, or tangent or whatever! it's fast fast fast !! What I like about it is that, using the pencil tool, you can make a 3d cube in perspective mode with perfect accuracy without rotating your view or object. AWESOME I say.

The tourguide is a nice feature, the rendering is ok for what it is, nothing fancy. If you want real good renders export as a 3d model, then render that sucka out using Brazil, Vray, Final Render, etc.

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