Shop drawings

  • 04 Jul 2017 4:32 PM
    Message # 4932837

    How are you guys doing them? Sketch-up? I still put pencil to paper. But was wondering how you guys are doing it.

  • 17 Jul 2017 12:37 PM
    Reply # 4980614 on 4932837

    Pencil and paper sketches--yes, there are LOTS of those in the shop and house--are where ideas are first captured for me. When the solution to an existing issue arrives in my brain, it immediately gets written down or it might be forgotten. 

    Keeping track of all the quarter sheets (I cut letter-sized sheets into 4 1/4 × 5 1/2 idea grabbers) is the only problem since the sketches often land at their point of origin. Then I have to remember the idea AND where its sketch might be. 

    When a concept is relatively firm, then it is transferred to SketchUp where it can be examined from hundreds of perspectives by scaling and rotating. Once the approach is deemed valid, I modify the SketchUp drawing into a scale version that can be used as the basis for a cut list. 

    The entire process can take less time than it took to read this description. 

    Comments welcome and encouraged. 

    Doc Bailey (FMF).

  • 02 Aug 2017 4:02 AM
    Reply # 5007412 on 4932837
    howdy everyone!


    I am VERY GREEN to all of this stuff but am very curious about sketchup,  and for that matter also fusion 360.   I have quite a bit of experience 3D modeling using autodesk maya so i'm hoping some of the skills might transfer over.  Any suggestions on the sketchup workflow and/or  if fusion 360 is any good,  would be very greatly appreciated.

    take care

    -Ryan

  • 31 Oct 2017 11:15 AM
    Reply # 5466162 on 5007412
    Ryan Mraz wrote:howdy everyone!


    I am VERY GREEN to all of this stuff but am very curious about sketchup,  and for that matter also fusion 360.   I have quite a bit of experience 3D modeling using autodesk maya so i'm hoping some of the skills might transfer over.  Any suggestions on the sketchup workflow and/or  if fusion 360 is any good,  would be very greatly appreciated.

    take care

    -Ryan

    Ryan,


    I'm no woodworking master myself. I have to say that 78% of what I make starts on Sketch Up.  Some stuff just doesn't need plans and I just wing it. While other may be just a faint idea in my mind. With the ones I can not "see" clearly I start with paper and pencil, it is much easier to change things on paper than Sketch Up. Then after drawing it out I make it in Sketch Up. So I just started to learn Sketch Up last year and after a few months I heard about Fusion 360. I downloaded it and it hurt my brain. I just couldn't wrap my head around it. I'm still learning Sketch Up so that might be the problem. The two biggest reasons I use Sketch Up is paper plans dont last and it is always nice to see a 3D model of what your vision is. On a side note I also use a program called Max Cut to make a generated cut list of bigger projects. Hope this helps.


    Semper FI,

    Roger

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