|Forum topic by hackery||posted 07-26-2016 09:01 PM||420 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
07-26-2016 09:01 PM
I am brand new to SketchUp but as a web & graphic designer by trade I am getting the hang of it fairly quickly for the most part only been at it for about 5 hours now.
I have made a simple card table in SketchUp using mortise and tenons for the joints so consisting of 9 parts combined being x4 legs, x4 aprons and x1 table top. I have added the tenons to the aprons and the corresponding mortises to the top of the legs. Then I have created a few scenes with layers to create a built (complete) scene, exploded scene and now I want my next scene (cut list) to display all the parts laid out side by side at a 90 degree angle with their faces towards the viewer and their names and dimensions listed beside them.
I tried the free extension Cut List which is excellent but not really what I wanted as I would have preferred it to show the actual parts as has been designed rather than just rectangles the main reason for this is to show the tenons and their dimensions.
I am not even really concerned about the dimensions as I can add these in afterwards but does anyone know of a extensions that quickly and easily at the click or two of a button that takes all the components of a piece of furniture and lays it all out on what looks like a flat 90 degree surface or in mid air doesn’t actually need to be on anything. If there is a extensions that also adds the names and dimensions too that would be fantastic but think I am probably asking too much.
Or if anyone can recommend a fairly fast way of doing this manually within the program? I can’t stop having some real difficulties with the rotate tool it just never seems to do what I want which is what lead me to looking for a cut list extension in the first place to lay the parts out side by side and nice and neatly. As when I tried to do it manually myself the rotate tool was just a total pain in the rear end after a hour of trying I could feel my mouse about to take flight across a room at speed! When I was modelling the piece ok albeit it’s a basic piece I didn’t have any problems as just used the “flip along axis” option but this rotate tool is hopeless. I have used plenty of other 3d modelling and CAD programs in the past and never had any problems and everything else in SketchUp is good / easy enough to use.
Anyways any help on what I am trying to achieve would be very much appreciated to reduce my total frustration.
-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK