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Advice for beginner [message #57105] Mon, 19 November 2012 19:09 UTC Go to previous message
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Hi there!

I'm very new to this...

My mum is moving house (she's in the process of building an eco home to move into), so I thought I'd make a small (5cm by 5cm by 5cm approx) scale model of her current house so she has something physical to remember the old one by..

I currently know very little about CAD, so far I have downloaded "Sketch Up" and traced the outline of her house (I've attached the .skp file)

So things I'm interested in finding out:

Is the cost per cm3 concerning the physical size of this model house or is it the volume of plastic used? In other words should I be making the house hollow? And if so how thin can the walls go? (Also if anyone has any Sketch Up tips - the file attached is a mixture of 2d surfaces and solid 3d blocks - guessing that isn't suitable for sending into shapeways!!)

Second question is, is Sketch Up a good tool if I want to be drawing on windows and doors with very quick learning curve? I'm not looking for much detail, just so you can see window ledges etc, and I'd like to order soon so it can arrive in the UK before Christmas!.

Many thanks in advanced for any assistance at all that you guys can provide,


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