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Thread: Sketchup moving parts

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Sketchup moving parts

    Does SU allow you to "move" things and can save it so it can be shown to others. Not talking about using tabs and slideshow, something more automated.

    Examples: Having a door open & close, what about gears moving in opposite directions. Just didn't know if it had any animation type capabilities like that. Just curious.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    SE Minnesota
    There is SketchY Physics which is a plugin. I don't have the link handy but you'll find it in a Google search. Dynamic components can be made to do some of that, too but you have to have pro to make DCs.

    I don't think there's any sort of real collision detection so you have to animate all the gears to make them look like they are turning. some folks are doing some neat things with animated SketchUp stuff but I'm guessing there are easier application for that out there.

    For something like doors opening and closing, I think you're just as well off with layers and scenes. With pro you can then export the scenes as an animation and SU interpolates between them.

    It works for stuff like this, too. It's a screen grab rather than an AVI export because I wanted the axes to show up.
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