Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Model corrugated metal, part of SketchUp: Tips & Tricks.
- Hi I'm George Maestree, and today we're going to create corrugated metal using the sandbox tools. Now corrugated metal is a regular shape, it's kind of an undulating shape. So we're going to start off with just that shape, we're going to draw some curves to create the edge of that metal and then we'll use sandbox to actually make the metal itself. So, when I draw this I want to draw this in an orthographic view, so I'm going to actually go in to my front view and we're going to turn on parallel projection.
Now I'm going to zoom in quite a bit here because my seam was at normal scale and I want to make sure that I have room to draw. Now we're going to draw these undulations using an arc. I'm going to select the two point arc, and then I'm just going to move this out and we're going to make this about four inches in the base and then about one inch in height. Now I can type in those numbers but I'm zoomed in enough so I can actually just snap so that's actually really nice.
So let's do another one on the other side. So I'm going to snap to this end point here and again I'm going to drag this out four inches or I can type it in, and again, down one inch. So now I have one undulation of my corrugated metal. Now that I have this I can duplicate it to create all of the other undulations. So I'm going to do that using the move tool. So I'm going to go ahead and select this, hold down the control key, move this over eight inches, so that's a total of 16, but we actually need a couple more of these because I want this to be four feet wide.
So each one of these is eight inches, so we're going to need a total of six, so I'm going to go times five and that should give me what I want. So that should be four feet wide. And if we want to we can measure this with our tape measure so I'm going to go from this endpoint to this endpoint and yes it is four feet. So now let's go ahead and copy this to create the other side. So let's go into perspective mode and zoom out a little bit, and now I'm just going to select this and again use the move tool to copy.
So I'm going to go in to this endpoint here, hold down control and drag along the green axis and in fact we can type in the distance as eight feet, and there we go. So now that I have these two curves I can actually create the surface. Now I drew these along the ground and that's because sandbox tends to work vertically. Now when I use these I'm actually going to tilt them up but let's go ahead and draw them on the ground.
So I'm going to select both of these, going to go in to draw, sandbox, from contours. When I do, there we go. That's it. So now I have that and there is my corrugated metal. Now typically we'll want to put this on a roof or a wall or something like that, so we can certainly stand this up using the rotate tool. So if I wanted to I could rotate it up vertically 90 degrees, and here we go.
And I can also make copies of it to work however I want. Now if I want to make it look a little bit more like metal I can certainly go into my tray, pick a metal texture here and apply it. And there we go. So, as you can see, it's very easy to use the sandbox tools to create regular, deformed surfaces such as corrugated metal.
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