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Benches

4.2_Benches

0:02 In the previous lesson, we searched, found, and downloaded a great bench for our use in less time than it would take most of us to make one.

0:11 Now let's place this in out model.

0:16 Start by turning on the ‘L-Furnishings’ layer and move it up above our extruded base.

0:22 I refer to this method that I’m about demonstrate: ‘Swap and drop’.

0:27 It’s a standard technique for converting CAD blocks into 3D components and placing in their proper locations on various surfaces that are at different elevations.

0:38 Start by exploding the furnishings CAD group, and then double-click to edit one of the bench blocks.

0:46 Remember that CAD blocks automatically convert to components when imported into SketchUp.

0:52 While inside the CAD block import the recently downloaded Hudson bench..

1:04 ...then rotate…and move as needed to position it correctly.

1:13 We can also see here that the bench we choose is a bit too long for the space allotted.

1:19 Instead of going back to 3DWarehouse to search for a smaller bench, let’s save some time by shortening it by left-selecting one side and moving it over two feet.

1:31 This looks much better.

1:34 Next we need to bring our benches down so they sit on our models surface.

1:40 One of the extensions from your list provide is called ‘DropGC’ which I’ll just refer to as ‘Drop’.

1:48 To use this, first select all the benches, then right-click and select ‘Drop at intersection’.

2:01 And that’s it. As we can see, they’ve all fallen from their previous location and stopped once they hit a surface.

2:10 The last optional step is to switch our layer prefix from ‘L-‘ to ‘S-‘ as we’re now converting our 2D CAD information into 3D SketchUp geometry and want to distinguish between the two.

2:26 We also can delete or hide the 2D bench linework.