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Play Equipment

4.4_Play Equipment

0:01 In this lesson, we’re going to create the play spheres and slide

0:06 Being able to make spheres in SketchUp from scratch is a skill that will come in handy down the road.

0:12 Let’s start by then choosing one of the sphere components and double-clicking into it to edit.

0:19 Start by drawing a line from the center point by using inferencing on the edge to create a snapping point to the center.

0:27 Then select the circle tool.

0:31 Use the left or right arrow keys to lock the circle to either the red or green axis so that it stays vertical or perpendicular to the circle that’s there now.

0:41 Then draw a circle from the center point to the outer edge.

0:45 We should have two circles now, one horizontal and one vertical.

0:51 If there’s a face in the horizontal circle you can go ahead and delete it.

0:58 Then select the horizontal circle's bounding edges…and find the ‘FollowMe’ tool...and with the horizontal circle still selected…click once on the vertical circle’s face.

1:12 And as you can see we only had to do once but now have four spheres.

1:18 But we don’t really need full spheres as half will be hidden underground.

1:24 So let’s reduce some geometry by deleting the bottom half.

1:29 Let’s now exit the sphere component and drop them all down to place into the plaza surface by using the ‘Drop’ extension.

1:41 Next we can do the slide in a similar way to the spheres using the ‘FollowMe’ tool again.

1:47 Start by creating the profile of the slide.

1:50 We’ll only need to do half the profile given it’s symmetrical we can make it a component and mirror it on the other side to save a bit of time.

2:00 At the top of the slide, draw a line 6 inches high.

2:06 Then again at the slide middle...

2:12 ...and connect them both to form a vertical face.

2:15 Then using the arc tool, round the upper outer corner.

2:24 With the arc tool again, round the inside corner...and then draw a reverse curve as the slide bottom.

2:42 Make that face a component and give it a name if you want.

2:49 Then copy that side and mirror using the scale tool and entering in ‘-1’ as the scale factor.

2:59 Then align with the other side and we’re ready to draw the slope line which we’ll use for the ‘FollowMe’ reference.

3:11 While still inside the slide component, draw a line starting at the bottom of the upper slide...then straight across to the top of the slope…

3:21 …then down the slope…then extend the edge out by 1 foot.

3:29 Use the flat slide linework for inferencing if needed.

3:40 Then, select all three line segments...

3:50 and then click the ‘FollowMe’ tool again to extrude the profile down.

3:57 Then if needed, soften the edges.

4:05 And while not necessary, it’s nice to hide the inside edges where the two components touch.

4:16 Let’s wrap this lesson up by adding one little detail to slide.

4:22 It’s the pull bar or hand rail that you typically see on most slides.

4:28 To do this, enter '1 inch' for the diameter circle somewhere near the side of the slide.

4:36 Then draw a straight line ‘18 inches’ high from the center point of that circle.

4:45 Copy the vertical line over to the other side….which as you can see, we’re eyeballing it here.

4:53 Then draw an arc connecting the lines.

5:08 With all the line segments selected again, click the ‘FollowMe’ tool and then the circle to extrude a pipe over the slide entry.

5:19 Then group the whole thing. No need for a component here as we have just this one.

5:34 Feel free to apply some colors to all of the furnishing elements.