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A Good Tool: Google Sketchup

Google Sketchup is a great tool for 3D wireframe and polyhedron surface modelling. There is a free version that has all the functions you need for 3D modelling and a professional version that adds some import and export formats, a layout tool and a style builder. It runs on the most common operating systems (Mac OSX and Windows– no Linux as of 2010, though) and is very intuitive to use.

However, if you want to use Sketchup for large projects and want to expose your results to critical professionals, just doodling, fun though it is, will not do. You want to create results that are consistent, that you can change easily when needed, and you want to work efficiently. Efficiency comes from certain sources: Experience with the task, knowing your tools, re-using results, getting things right the first time, knowing where to look for things you don't have or know, to name a few.
Some of these skills you can only get by doing a task repeatedly, but for some aspects you can use shortcuts by using proven recipes. Exactly that is what I mean with "method": Using experiences others made. And of course the method I describe here is also built on what I heard and read from others. My own experience comes mostly from architectural and landscape models, but the method should work for any project. I invite you to try it.


My Sketchup Project Method

The method items are often presented as questions. Sometimes a few typical answers are provided, but they are only meant to fuel your own imagination. Test yourself by trying to explain your answers to someone else– if you have difficulties to do so, you are probably not quite done with thinking!


Project-Independent Hints

Here are some more things that you can do to organise your work and that are not project-specific. Many of these hints have to do with organising your tools and raw material. Think of a craftsman that has, after years of work, all the right tools and lots of material assembled in his shop; when he needs something, it is usually within reach.
The opposite example is the badly-organised DIY man who has to run to the hardware shop every couple of hours. Or minutes.

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