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Discussion in 'CAD' started by bobt, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. bobt

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    Mark - I have the Sketchup .skp file from routy CNC machine. When I go into the design it appears that there are major groupings in the drawing. How was this done and how do I reverse it so that I can extract the items to create a master library file of the parts that make up Routy.

    Bob
     
  2. Mark Carew

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    Hi @bobt you can double click on them to go deeper into the component/groups or you can right click for the context menu and hit explode down to the ones you want.
    You can also check this resource for easy learning of how SketchUp works. They way I did it was trying to learn 1 tool a night and that helped a lot.
    http://www.sketchup.com/learn
    Hope this helps.
    p.s. remember you can use copy & paste too, so if you find a group that you want a particular part from (like a corner) for instance. You can select it and then click outside the group and paste it on its own.
     
  3. bobt

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    Thank you Mark. I will proceed with the videos as you suggested. I want to take the Routy Sketchup diagram and create a library diagram from it that has all the part of the Routy machine so that I can design my machine using the parts from the Store.

    Bob
     
  4. Mark Carew

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    I do plan on having a parts layout for all the parts in SketchUp for the resources, so that way I can add more as we can and it will be an easy way to grab what you need from a single SU file.
     
  5. Robert Hummel

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    I'm trying to Pocket a hole in 3/8 amluminum to a depth that will allow a 608 abec 5 bearing to sit flush. I have tried playing with the setting and can't seem to get the center line tool to cut deeper then 50% the 608s are .27"
    Any ideas what I'm doing wrong
     
  6. JustinTime

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    Robert, are you using the SketchUcam plugin? If yes, then the way to get a deeper cut is to select the pocket tool and before you use it type the depth of the cut that you want and hit 'enter'. You'll see the value that you entered at the bottom right of the screen, in the input box. You have to hit 'enter' or the value will not be accepted.
     
  7. Robert Hummel

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    Ty that is my standard practice but something funny was happening so I uninstalled and re-installed all software and plugins to have success :)
    Just wouldn't take the new value for some odd reason.
    Ty for the response
     
  8. Robert Hummel

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    So I am getting the following error when I open 2014 with sketchucam plug in installed.
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  9. Mark Carew

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    Hi Robert I call out to @David the swarfer as he has been working on SketchUcam and may be able to help with this question.
    Thanks
    Mark
     
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    Hello - When I open any of the sample .skp files from OpenBuilds, all of the components are named Component#118, Component#383, etc. How do I know what the actual parts are? Thanks.
     
  13. Rick 2.0

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    Really, you are just going to have to visually reference them back to the parts store. The problem is that every time you use a component in a different manner, it has to have a different number. If you use 6 different lengths of the 20x20 extrusion component for instance, there will be 6 different component numbers (if you don't explode the component, which you shouldn't because it is a real mess). Sketchup creates a new number every time you click "make unique". (Make unique allows you to change/modify an item without modifying all other existences of that item.) The other thing about components is that they are often a combination of other components for which there would be no specific unique name.
     
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    Thanks so much. That's what I'll do.
     

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