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    SketchUp Mini Challenge

    Alright, like the Car Talk Puzzler does sometimes, the SketchUp Challenger has gone on vacation. While it was raining the other day he sent me the following challenge as a teaser.


    Except for a bit of cropping in Google Picasa, this was drawn entirely with in SketchUp. Can you do the same?
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    Man, I don't think I could draw the vessel, let alone the ornamentation.
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    I notice that it bulges at the sides, and that the patterns on the top seem to match the patterns on the bottom...

    So I wonder. Would you start with a cylinder, then make the patterns in a circle and push them down through the whole cylinder, and then pare away the cylinder to make it curved. So what appears to be painted on patterns are really the top/bottoms of solid shapes that extend vertically through the piece.

    Would that work, Dave?

    But I have to confess I don't think I could draw it.
    Last edited by Art Mulder; 06-26-2008 at 04:35 PM. Reason: I said side instead of bottom. doh.
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    Art, If I follow your description, yes, you could do it that way but it would take longer and result in a larger file size. I did it a different way but I won't spill the beans just yet. FWIW, the pattern in this model is not geometry.
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    Hmm. Projected texture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim Rowledge View Post
    Hmm. Projected texture?

    Hmm. Very good sir.

    Actually, it is just a little more than a simple projected texture. I used a new plugin called UV Tools for this. The entire process is described in the second part of my latest Design. Click. Build. blog entry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    I used a new plugin called UV Tools for this.
    That's a pretty neat plugin. It just amazes me what we can do with computers these days. When I started programming it was exotic and special to be able to do 640*400 monochrome. I had to build my own 800*600 graphics card as part of my masters! Now I have a 24" iMac that is at least 4,000 times faster than the machines back then, with a 1920* 1200 display that no one could even have imagined back then and it cost far less in real terms than that 6502 powered first machine. And now a free plugin for a 3D sketching system that can do texture mapping onto solid forms. Good grief.

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