Friday, April 11, 2014

What a useful / efficient tool!

By Brittany Ricker

While being in architecture school and working in firms (architectural and engineering), I have come to realize the value of certain tools. Some are taught and others are just ones you may happen to come across after hours and hours of trial and error on certain projects. One in particular is the Slicer Tool (provided on I’ve traced line drawings that I found on the internet; I’ve imported CAD drawings and converted it into a topo. If you’re like me then you’d understand that tracing drawings and interpolating contours isn’t all that fun but sometimes it has to be done. But what if I told you that you could easily grab a location off of Sketchup and turn it into a file ready to be laser cut for your topo OR what if I told you, you could take that same location and turn it into a CNC topo model in less than a couple minutes. You’d be excited right?! Well you can. ALSO… you can take field survey Cad drawings and import them and create CNC ready models as well. (So if you have access to accurate drawings or GIS that would help …but since we are in architecture school this will do just fine…)
I’ve put together a little tutorial to help you get started learning a couple of my favorite plugins for sketchup. Some might believe that these plugins are for taking the easy way out…. But in fact it saves hours of work and realistically … time is money … when you get into an actual firm. If you could provide an extremely quick 3d model of a site for preliminary stages in an architectural firm… they’d be quite impressed. (given that a survey hasn’t been made yet)

Just a thought and hopefully this helps all of you out. I know it helped me out.

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