Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques
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Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components


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Video: Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components

So now let's go ahead and start assembling our fence. Now the first thing we want to do is create a one picket fence. So I have a file open and that's called Fence_01, and what that has is it has all the parts I need to create this fence. Let's go ahead and take a look at this in our Components Attributes window. So actually I am going to go ahead and select this one. We can see we have a Fence Post. We have a Picket, we have an EndPost and we also have a Top and a Bottom Rail.
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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      24s
    3. Important Mac and PC differences
      2m 5s
  2. 9m 41s
    1. The Component Options window
      3m 32s
    2. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
      4m 15s
  3. 1h 6m
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      4m 46s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Creating a drop-down list
      8m 42s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      8m 29s
    5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
      2m 10s
    6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
      4m 54s
    7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
      6m 11s
    8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
      4m 0s
    9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
      8m 18s
    10. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 25s
    11. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 10s
    12. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 45s
  4. 39m 37s
    1. The LayOut interface
      2m 56s
    2. Drawing lines and arcs
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing rectangles
      2m 22s
    4. Drawing circles and polygons
      2m 31s
    5. Modifying line styles and color
      3m 2s
    6. Working with text
      3m 0s
    7. Inserting SketchUp models
      4m 33s
    8. Manipulating SketchUp models
      3m 30s
    9. Working with dimensions
      2m 17s
    10. Arranging and grouping objects
      3m 5s
    11. Creating scrapbooks
      3m 11s
    12. Creating presentations
      2m 40s
    13. Exporting and printing
      1m 57s
  5. 6m 40s
    1. The Style Builder interface
      2m 5s
    2. Working with strokes
      4m 35s
  6. 19m 15s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 37s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 14s
    3. Exporting objects
      4m 38s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      4m 46s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques shows professional users of Google's popular 3D modeling software how to create compelling 3D graphics. Author George Maestri focuses on the features available in Pro that make SketchUp a valuable design tool. He demonstrates the new Dynamic Components and shows how using them can add interactivity to a model. He teaches how to create custom Dynamic Components from models, which is a feature unique to Pro. He also explores SketchUp Pro's companion application, LayOut, a presentation tool that retains the editability of models even when they're embedded in documents. Last but not least, George shows how to export and import objects to and from other programs, such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Making custom Dynamic Components
  • Drawing with Layout
  • Editing textures outside of SketchUp
  • Creating and managing styles with the Style Builder
  • Exporting objects for rendering
  • Creating scrapbooks and presentations
  • Exporting model attributes to reports
Subject:
CAD
Software:
SketchUp
Author:
George Maestri

Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components

So now let's go ahead and start assembling our fence. Now the first thing we want to do is create a one picket fence. So I have a file open and that's called Fence_01, and what that has is it has all the parts I need to create this fence. Let's go ahead and take a look at this in our Components Attributes window. So actually I am going to go ahead and select this one. We can see we have a Fence Post. We have a Picket, we have an EndPost and we also have a Top and a Bottom Rail.

Now what I want to do is assemble all of these into a fence and then go ahead and use that to build an automatic fence that builds itself. So the first thing I am going to do is start placing my parts. I am going to start with my fence Post and I want to make sure that is actually at a neutral place. It's at 0,0. So I'm going to go ahead and add in some attributes. One for Position as well as one for Size. Now I just want to make sure that the Position is at 0, 0, 0 and the Size is 4 inches and 4 inches, so this is actually the size of that fence post.

So once I have that, let's go ahead and start working on the rails. So I'm going to select the TopRail and again add in the attributes. I am going to add in one for Position and one for Size. The reason I like having the Position attribute out there is that I can actually just type in the number of where I want this to be. So if I type in an X Position of 0, you can see how that TopRail kind of just snaps right to a 0 position on the X-axis.

But we also don't have it in the right place on the Y-axis. We actually need this to be in front of the fence post. Now I know that this particular one is 1.5 inches deep. It's actually a 2x4, which is actually 1.5x3.5 inches. So I know I have a depth of one-and-a-half inches. So all I have to do here is in Position, offset that by one-and-a-half inches. So I type in negative 1.5, hit Enter and there we go.

So now because this is the TopRail, I need to position it down a little bit from the top of the fence Post. So I'm actually going to bring it down about a foot, so I'm just going to type up 36 inches, because I know that this is 48 inches tall, so this makes this one 36. Let's go ahead and do the same for the BottomRail. I am going to add in some attributes. One for Position, one for Size, and again in Position, let's just go ahead and type in zero and then for the Y position, again, I'm going to type in negative 1.5 inches, which again just puts it in front of that fence Post, and then far up do we want this to be? I'm going to actually put it up say 12 inches.

So now we have our rails placed and once we those, we can actually nail the picket to the front of that. So let's go ahead and select the Picket and again we're going to add in a Position and a Size attribute. And for Position, again I'm going type in 0, because I wanted to snap to 0 along this red or X-axis. But when I snap to 0, we have the exact same issue, we have with the rails and I need to bring this picket forward, but I need to bring it forward not only one-and-a-half inches but one-and-a-half inches plus the depth of that picket, which is 0.75.

So 0.75 plus 1.5 is 2.25, but we want to pull it in a negative direction. So we will go negative two- and-a-quarter or 2.25 inches. Once I do that, you can see how the picket is in the proper place. Now all I have to do for the next one is just go ahead and put this EndPost in place. And again, I'm going to add an attribute for Position and for Size, and we'll be using Size a little bit more later.

For Position if I put 0 and 0, what that does is, is it just lays the EndPost over the other post. So I actually have these two posts are coincident. Actually though I want to bring the one post over, so it matches up with the end of this rail. So this one is about one-and-a -half inches and there we go. How I got one-and-a-half inches is the post is 4 inches and this rail is five-and-a-half, so 4 minus five -and-a-half is one-and-a-half.

So now we have a one picket fence and everything is lined up and ready to add in some intelligence.

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