Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 25
  1. #1
    Senior Member MrClockWork's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Hammock
    SGT Rock Ghost clone
    Tarp
    DIY 9' rectangle
    Insulation
    NoSniv, 3/4 HG 20*
    Suspension
    UCRs/Straps
    Posts
    165
    Images
    23

    Google Sketch Up

    Anybody use Google Sketch Up to "blueprint" their DIY projects?

    I just started watching the tutorial videos today and it looks sweet. Might give it a shot for the tarp I am planning this weekend.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Hammock
    DIY Bridge: The metro
    Tarp
    DIY - 11 by 9.5
    Insulation
    Pad
    Suspension
    marlin sp./whoopie
    Posts
    262
    Images
    2
    I used it once to come up with a hammock design. I like paper more because you can get a better sense of how difficult sewing something up might be. But for a tarp I think all need to know is the type, size and how to cut your fabric. All of those things can be found on the forum.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Hammock
    DIY DL 1.1 w/footbox and zip bugnet
    Tarp
    MEC Sil Guide Tarp
    Insulation
    DIY PLUQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies
    Posts
    169
    Images
    28
    um...i use it for cabinet design and 3d kitchen layouts....does that count?
    Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. ~Author Unknown
    I seem to have lots of experience for my age

  4. #4
    SilvrSurfr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Jersey Shore, NJ
    Hammock
    BIAS Hiker Lite
    Tarp
    HG Winter Palace
    Insulation
    HG!
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Dutchbling
    Posts
    5,067
    Images
    1
    I use Visio for most of my DIY projects, but I'm always interested in free or open source software. I'll check it out.

  5. #5
    Aardvark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ky
    Hammock
    DIY R2B3 (Black Bear Burrito) + HUG
    Tarp
    Noah12, Mambajamba
    Insulation
    DIY TQ/UQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie + straps
    Posts
    512
    Images
    1
    I likes it
    Stand.jpg
    .... the Aardvark (earth pig)... a rather unremarkable creature whose sole claim to fame is that it is the first animal listed in the dictionary.
    Rob

  6. #6
    Lost_Biker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Indiana
    Hammock
    DIY Digi Camo DL
    Tarp
    Maxi Tarp
    Insulation
    Underquilts Lewis
    Suspension
    Rings and Straps
    Posts
    2,090
    Images
    48
    Another thing I didn't know about - thanks for the info!

  7. #7
    Senior Member thepikey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Hammock
    DIY HH clone sorta
    Tarp
    DIY 11x10ish mess
    Insulation
    DIY Primaloft UQ
    Suspension
    DIY straps w/whoop
    Posts
    141
    Images
    10
    Love it. I was working on designs for tarps when I was tent camping. I've been trying to get more into it for some of my other DIY projects.

    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...539e763f11877d
    Coimhéad fearg fhear na foighde.

  8. #8
    Redoleary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pennfield Twp, MI
    Hammock
    DIY gathered end
    Tarp
    Hinterland gear
    Insulation
    down bag
    Suspension
    strap & E.T.'s
    Posts
    3,183
    Images
    69
    I use sketchup for my tarps and to mock up tent ideas etc. I use it mostly because it will do the math for you. When I was making my Whelen style tarp there were a bunch of funky angles etc so I could take one or two actual dimensions off the project, put it into sketchup and see how long my next piece needed to be with out doing the math myself.
    So yes, I'm a sketchup fan.
    Good luck,
    RED

    My Youtube Channel

    Deep peace of the running wave to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace without end to you.
    adapted from - ancient gaelic runes

  9. #9
    New Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Hammock
    BB Warbonnet / DIY Bridge
    Posts
    16
    Sketch up is a awesome tool. My experience is that it is more suited for straight angles and not so much curves. I have designed home projects, backyard remodels, etc. Really easy to use. Using it just for a tarp would be great since the angles are straight! Designing it for anything else like curves in a hammock bottom could be challenging. I am not sure how much more functionality the paid version of google sketch up would bring.

  10. #10
    Redoleary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pennfield Twp, MI
    Hammock
    DIY gathered end
    Tarp
    Hinterland gear
    Insulation
    down bag
    Suspension
    strap & E.T.'s
    Posts
    3,183
    Images
    69
    You can get free plug-ins that allow more complex curves rather than a simple arc. Its a Bezier curve plug-in and it works pretty well, but I'm not sure if sketchup can measure the length of that curve?
    Good luck,
    RED

    My Youtube Channel

    Deep peace of the running wave to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace without end to you.
    adapted from - ancient gaelic runes

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •