Sunday, November 07, 2010

sketchup

I am making progress in my use of google sketchup, a free 3-d modeling and design program. It is useful for doing drawings, but has a rather steep learning curve as the tools for 3-d design are remarkably different from 2-d, and because it requires rotation of views to be able to see what you are doing from a variety of angles. The drawing above is of a Clear Spring School flip car, a toy invented and made by students at CSS.
You can download the google sketchup, free version here, and learn it yourself. The functional version of the flip car drawing will be available through a Fine Woodworking blog post which should be available in a couple weeks. You can see the cabinet I've been sketching in SketchUp below.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, more about this flip car! I gather it does what the name suggests.

Mario

Doug Stowe said...

You press on the end and it flips over. The kids design them so they are one kind of car on one side and another on the other.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. Kids can be so creative if they have an outlet like a shop class.

Mario