SketchUp exterior walls

by Design Workshop Sydney

There are several methods of creating exterior walls in SketchUp. We explore them all in our SketchUp courses. If you have SketchUp Pro go to File > Import > browse to where you keep your Plans > Type: DWG > select the file. Then hit the Options button > check Geometry > Units: millimeters (that is, the same units as... Read more...

Sketchup walls

by Design Workshop Sydney

When creating a building structure in SketchUp the first thing you would do after importing the Autocad plans, is to start building walls. There are a couple of main methods which we explore in our SketchUp courses. Firstly orbit around and zoom into the front wall area of the plans. The simplest method is now to trace over the edges... Read more...

SketchUp import cad

by Design Workshop Sydney

Especially when working in an architectural or interior design context, it’s useful to be able to import CAD files, and use them as a reference for building the model. We show you how in our SketchUp courses. There are a variety of methods of importing files. SketchUp Pro (costing around A$600) will import DWG and DXF formats. If you still... Read more...

Sketchup intro

by Design Workshop Sydney

A good introduction to SketchUp is to create a simple model like the one pictured here. We take you through the whole modeling process step by step in our SketchUp courses. Firstly open up SketchUp – you will be asked to choose a template > choose one of the metric templates > OK. Note the human figure that appears with... Read more...

SketchUp keyboard shortcuts

by Design Workshop Sydney

There are few keyboard shortcuts in SketchUp which will make your workflow much faster and more efficient. We show you how in our SketchUp courses. Many first-time users like to stick to the tools initially, but you’ll soon find that using the shortcuts is a much better way to go. And there are not dozens to learn – only 6... Read more...

SketchUp render

by Design Workshop Sydney

There are an array of render engines available which integrate well with SketchUp. We discuss several of these in our SketchUp courses.  A good one to start with is Maxwell. First of all Maxwell is free. There is a Pro version ($100 new, $40 upgrade) but try out the free download first. It takes 5 minutes to download, and when... Read more...

SketchUp 3d printing

by Design Workshop Sydney

Creating 3d models in SketchUp on your screen is one thing – sending them to a 3d printer and holding your creation in your hands is another! We show you how in our SketchUp courses.  Once you’ve created your masterpiece, explode all groups first. Then you need to save the file as an OBJ file – you can only do... Read more...

SketchUp help

by Design Workshop Sydney

SketchUp is a very user-friendly program is work with, but occasionally we do need help. And there are a multitude of resources out there. As well as helping you as much as possible during our SketchUp course, we point you in the right direction for future assistance.  Firstly, the SketchUp Knowledge Center. As well as a handy search engine field,... Read more...

SketchUp export

by Design Workshop Sydney

Once you have completed your  SketchUp model you can export it in various formats. We explore various methods and show you how in our SketchUp courses.  For instance you can export 3d models to other programs in either 2d or 3d formats. For 2d images, JPEG is popular for images uploaded to websites and for sending drafts to clients. Basically... Read more...

SketchUp intersect faces

by Design Workshop Sydney

When intersecting faces in SketchUp it’s easy to get a little confused! But with a few handy tips intersecting geometry is easy – we show you how in our SketchUp courses.  Initially when intersecting two objects the edges appear to be created but notice that you can’t delete excess geometry. There is no intersecting line there, ie. geometry. One method... Read more...