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"SketchUp Skill Builder: building section animations with Scenes"

Subhra Bera: Editor

SketchUp Skill Builder is used to support each other in a friendly way while building up the SketchUp skills and Josh Reilly has shown the method of building section animations.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

SketchUp Skill Builder: SketchUp Skill Builder has come up with the idea of releasing a video with a challenge and/or tip-and-trick to try by the users, these challenges will rank form beginner to advanced and each Skill Builder will have their own string which can be found under the ‘Tutorials’ class. The vision is for supporting each other in a friendly way while building up the SketchUp skills and it is a platform to transfer ideas, alternative methods for any given exercise or to ask questions on the specific string of the Skill Builder it relates to. While designing a beautiful room sometimes users face problems while making it more beautiful and turning it a full proof building design but they can’t make any wall or ceiling; now it will be easier by using Transparent Materials.

This time SketchUp Skill Builder comes up with its new feature- Scene transitions in conjunction with Section Planes. Section Planes are used in SketchUp to create animations in active section cuts for hiding and showing geometry. Sections planes cut a model in SketchUp along a plane so that the modelers can look inside the model without moving or hiding any geometry. More than that, in a 3D model, an active section plane covers everything on one side of the plane it is described here through an example.

If we draw two layers of section planes and want to work on them, it is not necessary to delete or hide any one of them, but the fun is that they can be worked as a group or component.

In the layers of section planes, if we click on them we can see that there is a group of section planes and each one of them has a section plane inside of them. The layers can be named also for better work, layers can be turned on or off by a single click only and before adding section plane on the layers one should make sure that the objects should be in the correct way.

To add a section plane inside group one can click the left button on the image and add it; moving the section planes in SketchUp is easy it’s like moving it like any other geometry by using the move tool.

There are many applications in Section planes for any section animation technique that could be used to make it more effective and to add a finishing touch also. Follow the link for the detail variation:

Users can pair up Section planes along with their own SketchUp model or can download one from the 3DWarehouse which will have some added animation action. But the project has to be set up with Scenes and Layers similar in this video and while upgrading, users can find many advanced techniques to use.

SketchUp Skill Builder: building section animations with Scenes


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