Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby danlott » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:25 am

I made a series of videos on how to layout and create a teardrop trailer in Google SketchUp. I used the free version of SketchUp 8.0. I have not had any formal training and there maybe faster/better ways of doing this, but this is what works for me.

I based this trailer on the Grumman 2 design by Andrew, which can be found in the Design Library under the Design Resources at the top of the screen. It is not an exact copy, but you should get the idea.

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Hope you enjoy and learn a little along the way.

Here is a link to the video series playlist on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE232575796E3DB49

The videos below are on screencast, but they will only work when I have enough bandwidth available.

Creating the profile.
http://screencast.com/t/US9TpHae

Laying out the roof, door and floor in the profile.
http://screencast.com/t/BKkmbKDISwN

Laying out the bulkhead and shelving.
http://screencast.com/t/4bVWgSo3W3Om

Final laying out of the profile.
http://screencast.com/t/hhT6VOcPy

Creating out shell in 3D.
http://screencast.com/t/SjNOrhh3

Creating door and window in 3D.
http://screencast.com/t/77HwG0qdKo

Creating hatch in 3D.
http://screencast.com/t/Ntlrwbdx8DV

Creating the floor, bulkhead and shelving in 3D.
http://screencast.com/t/5gsfWNwWYifx

Creating sides in 3D.
http://screencast.com/t/ZIrxroThEn6

Adding doors to the sides and then putting various parts toghether.
http://screencast.com/t/AENRkc9NPH

Creating the frame in 3D.
http://screencast.com/t/7jA34DFzS

Adding an axle, wheels and coupler to frame using components from the 3D warehouse.
http://screencast.com/t/K5bCDxacL

Putting it all together, showing how to make colors transparent and a few other tips.
http://screencast.com/t/Wom8nvmVZkrc

Creating the fenders in 3D.
http://screencast.com/t/BL2F1au95

Positioning fender and copying using the array feature.
http://screencast.com/t/UZZcVd1rCj

Creating holes in the bulkhead for storage.
http://screencast.com/t/cBkvgaZAvA

Creating mattress and rotating open hatch and door.
http://screencast.com/t/WCU4Iv8bhlbk

Dan
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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby KCStudly » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:36 am

Good job. Nice of you to do this for everyone.

I use Inventor, but with this new forum dedicated to Sketchup, I went ahead and downloaded version 8 so I could have a look at what you all are doing.

Not sure that I will bother to learn how to draw with it, but I can sure appreciate the service that you are providing by creating this tutorial series. Good on you! :thumbsup:
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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby mikeschn » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:36 am

Good idea!!! Thanks for doing that~!

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby Wolffarmer » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:39 am

Great tutorial Dan.

But I learned with a plywood board, T square, triangles, rule and drawing tools. Don't know if I will ever change.

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby danlott » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:45 am

Well I am done for the most part. May make a few follow up videos, but the major parts are finished and you should have a pretty good idea how to use SketchUp by the time you have watched all of the videos.

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby Wolffarmer » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:37 am

And now I am trying to get use to Ubuntu, ie Linux for dummies.

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby SteveW » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:08 pm

Starting to dig into these tonight. Thanks for posting. :thumbsup:
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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby SteveW » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:37 pm

So much easier watching tutorials when the video is actually making something you want to make. Loving this. Thanks so much! A ton easier than stumbling my way through the process and hoping I discover what I'm supposed to do.
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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby mikeschn » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:11 pm

I'm about 2/3 of the way through... Excellent job on the videos... :thumbsup:

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby danlott » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:14 pm

I am reaching the bandwidth limit on the Screencast website, so the videos will probably stop working soon. I am looking at converting the videos from SWF format to something that I can post on YouTube. Anybody have any suggestions or maybe a good converter program that you could convert them for me?

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby SteveW » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:21 pm

I have a few different converters that I use. Adobe's Media Encoder is probably my favorite and should work pretty effortlessly with SWF files (although I've never personally worked with them before). I'd gladly try converting them, but just not sure how to get the files from you to me.

I wonder if Vimeo will allow SWF videos...hmm.
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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby toypusher » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:59 pm

danlott wrote:I am reaching the bandwidth limit on the Screencast website, so the videos will probably stop working soon. I am looking at converting the videos from SWF format to something that I can post on YouTube. Anybody have any suggestions or maybe a good converter program that you could convert them for me?

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If you use windows, you can use Windows Media Encorder 9. Of course you then have to do the videos all over again and capture them as you do them. Not sure on the length that you can do for each though. Have not played with it much at all yet.

Camstasia would work too, I think. Or the free version CamStudio http://camstudio.downloadasaurus.com/

Just a couple suggestions.
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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby mikeschn » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:17 pm

snagit will convert them... and paste them directly into youtube.

but let me look and see what other options are available.

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby danlott » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:00 pm

I have converted them iWisoft. It did a pretty good job, but did leave a small icon in the upper left corner. Not to bad though. I am posting them on YouTube and will then update my original post.

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Re: Video series on how to create a teardrop in SketchUp

Postby Wolffarmer » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:29 pm

Look out dan, next thing you know they will go viral.

Cool project though.

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