LumberJocks

SU Help: How to stop features dissappearing into counter tops?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 03-09-2009 04:46 AM 866 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Mark Shymanski's profile

Mark Shymanski

5314 posts in 3173 days


03-09-2009 04:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question sketchup skill

Hello All,

I am drawing up some office space with nice cherry counters etc. and am trying to populate it with models of computers, chairs and other typical office accessories. My problem is (and it is very frustrating) that if I move something in SU it will sink into the counter/floor and not sit on top of the surface. Is there someway to freeze that surface so a) it does not allow things to sink into it and b) locks it fom further editing? Thanks for any advice.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2


5 replies so far

View jimp's profile

jimp

208 posts in 3221 days


#1 posted 03-09-2009 05:42 AM

Mark – when using the Move tool, you can lock the inference direction by hold the “shift” key. You can also lock onto the blue, or green, or red axis by using the up (blue), left (green), and right (red) keys after you click on the object that you are trying to move.

You can find more information on all the SU tools, in the “instructor” window.

I hope this helps, as I’m still trying to learn SU, myself.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

View Mark Shymanski's profile

Mark Shymanski

5314 posts in 3173 days


#2 posted 03-09-2009 02:00 PM

Yeah, I’ve got the countertops as components and have been using the axis lock feature but things still seem to push into the surface. I was not connected to the internet so SU’s help files were not available, I’m connected again so I will search the SU help files.

I’ve been using SU for a little while but this is the most complex drawing I’ve made and the first for someone elses eyes so I can’t just ‘gloss’ over the bits I know I’d fix in the shop.

Thanks for the feedback.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

View Brad_Nailor's profile

Brad_Nailor

2539 posts in 3417 days


#3 posted 03-09-2009 02:26 PM

The best way to make sure that objects sit on the top of floors, counter tops etc, is to grab the very most bottom part of the object..lets say its a water glass. When you activate the move tool and get close with your mouse you will get a bunch of object points popping up that you can grab the component at…click on one thats on the bottom of the glass, then when you move it into place on the counter top lock yourself in to the blue axis with the shift key and move the glass down until you see a little box pop up that says “on face”. Sometimes you don’t get that box, and in that case what I do is I don’t lock into the axis with the shift key I just move the object down and when it makes contact with the surface you will notice that it will move in the other axises more easily. SU has a built in feature that “glues” or attracts objects to each other like magnets. The only other thing I could think of would be if your objects are not parallel to each other and when one part of the object is sitting flush on the counter top the other part might be below it, due to the object or the counter top being slightly skewed.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

View Mark Shymanski's profile

Mark Shymanski

5314 posts in 3173 days


#4 posted 03-09-2009 02:31 PM

Thanks Brad, I hadn’t thought about whether the objects are paralell or not, a good thing to check.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

View Mark Shymanski's profile

Mark Shymanski

5314 posts in 3173 days


#5 posted 03-10-2009 03:19 AM

I haven’t set gluing plains explicitly…I think between your suggestion Dave and Brad’s you have given me the solution. Thanks!

....what a great site Thanks Martin for the venue!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com