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Making a cutaway view in SketchUp

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I used to be not too long ago attempting to indicate the element building of the carcase for a Pennsylvania Dowers Chest. It appeared straightforward sufficient, and I wasn’t anticipating any points doing that. However the connection of the components is surprisingly advanced. My regular use of Scenes for the Meeting, Orthographic with Again Edges, and Exploded weren’t doing sufficient to make clear the relative place of components.

Under I’ve proven an total mannequin of the Chest and my completed model with painted ornament. It’s a well-known one within the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork and is described and drawn within the guide “Building of American Furnishings Treasures” by Lester Margon.

I opened Margon’s guide and realized how he used a single handbook isometric sketch to resolve the issue. It’s a “cutaway” view, a standard kind of drawing, however not one which I’ve used. So I made a decision to make an equal in SketchUp.

Right here is my SketchUp model of the Cutaway.

This view or Scene was created shortly utilizing the prevailing elements already within the mannequin. To create the cutaway variations of the elements, I merely “exploded” the elements, and made added variations named cutaways. Then I might edit these cutaway elements to take away a lot of the surfaces exposing the underlying connections. My regular Scenes for Meeting, Exploded, and Orthographic are nonetheless there with full element illustration, however now complemented with this Cutaway Scene.

I’m now satisfied that Cutaway Views shall be included in my future designs. Thanks, Lester Margon.



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