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#1 posted 10-04-2012 04:39 PM

I bought this guide from FWW, authored by Tim Killan. Great ebook, easy to follow.

I come from 3D modeling CAD software so it was a bit of a change for me. I’ve done extensive work with ProEngineer, IDEAS (unigraphics), and a little SolidWorks. Sketchup is not a true 3D modeling program, but simulates it pretty well. SU uses surfaces to create what look like 3D shapes. Once I mentally set aside my engineer hat with all the technical details of the aforementioned programs, I learned SU really quick. In a couple hours I was able to work through the first half of the ebook and get to the point that I can create pretty complex SU parts. Read the sections about scenes and layers – very helpful to maintain sanity when navigating your models.

-- Jason

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