Learn how to add a collection of manufacturer-supplied models to your account through the 3D Warehouse window and see how these become accessible within the Components window.
- [Scott] As you upload individual dynamic components that you have locally to the cloud, they'll start to appear here under my models. Notice there's also my collections and currently that should be empty because I don't have any collections defined. We can go up to the interface here through window, 3D warehouse. And I'll close the components window which is in the way. And then through my user account up here I can go to my models, and you can see that I have these two models that I've uploaded so far.
And we can also go and access create collection, or we can do that here on under the collections page. We can create a collection here. So I'll create a new collection, and I'll have that be public, and I'll go ahead and give it a name, which will be, nice furniture. And then I'll just say create collection. So I have this folder if you will, called a collection.
Right now there's nothing in it. So to get something in there, I'm going to search for some models in the 3D warehouse itself. I'll look for Herman Miller collection. I'll go to the collections button up here, and then I'm going to open this one here that's actually made by Herman Miller, and then here I'll say add to collection. This will add it to my nice furniture collection if I check here I can do that or I can make a new collection and put it in the new one.
I'll say done. And now when I come over here, and go into the components window, and if I go to my collections, you'll see that I now have that item in here. I can click on it, and go into deeper levels of it, and here I have access to all of these different furniture elements that are supplied by this manufacturer. If you click on the thumbnail, it directly downloads that model.
Whereas if you click on the name which is hyperlinked, it opens up the interface here where you can get more information about that model. If you start to create a lot of different models, on your own, you can make collections of your own models, and then you can share those publicly. So all this functionality is built into SketchUp. And it integrates wonderfully well with the 3D warehouse. Incidentally, you can access the 3D warehouse using a browser as well, you don't have to use this built in browser, but the interface is about the same.
So either way that you go, you can get this information. You can also click on the thumbnail here and it will take a moment, but it will load in that as a 3D model that you can preview before you decide to download it. Now I can look at this within this browser window, make sure it's what I want. I also recommend checking out the number of polygons and the file size to decide if you want to bring that into your model.
- Using premade dynamic components
- Saving dynamic components to local libraries
- Creating dynamic components: fences, bookcases, cabinets, and furniture
- Adding position and size attributes
- Adding formulas
- Creating swatch components
- Nesting component parts
- Adding an interface for custom attributes
- Animating component properties
- Dynamically scaling materials