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Block Swap

3.10_Block Swap

0:01 In this last lesson of our optimized linework course, we’re going to complete our first floor plan by swapping out the 2D CAD blocks that so far we’ve been ignoring.

0:13 For this lesson, we’ll need to import another SketchUp file that’s been provided with your exercise files.

0:24 Go to [File/]'Import' and navigate to the ‘Furnishings.skp’ file.

0:32 Once loaded, go ahead and explode it.

0:36 We can now, one at a time, go through and copy each of our components and place them inside of our 2D blocks.

0:44 It really doesn’t matter which furnishing we want to start with, so I’ll just pick the doors and go from there.

0:51 I can see from the components that I just importe, that I have two different doors…one for exterior and one for interior.

1:00 Let’s double check to see how the doors were drafted in CAD before deciding which one goes where.

1:07 I can see that all the doors use the same block which is not really what I want here.

1:13 And it’s not worth going back into CAD to fix this as we can just make the doors that we want to differentiate unique from the rest.

1:22 To do this, go back to plan view and turn all the layers off except the doors and the site layers.

1:31 This allows us to quickly see which doors are exterior and which are not.

1:39 Then, select only the ones that face out from the site boundary.

1:49 And once they’re all selected, right-click and choose ‘Make Unique’.

1:58 Now we can enter into an exterior door block again and select a line…and see that it only affects the blocks that we just made unique. So that’s good.

2:15 Now we can copy the exterior door component…

2:21 then jump into any of the exterior door blocks again...and paste the 3D component in.

2:33 Then move and rotate as needed to get it aligned and that’s it.

2:39 As a bonus, we can choose to assign the 2D CAD door to its own layer which can then be toggled on and off depending on whether you’re viewing your project in plan view or not.

2:51 Or if you know for sure that you won’t need the CAD lines anymore now would be a good time to just delete what you don’t need in order to keep our geometry count down.

3:02 Let’s repeat the same process for all the other furnishing components since practice makes perfect.

3:09 I’ll next do the interior doors next…

3:22 Then the workstations…

3:35 Then the chairs…

4:03 Then the two different tables…

4:23 Then the stairs…

4:47 And lastly, we can do the windows – which are a bit different from the others.

4:53 First of all, there are two different window components we can choose from.

4:58 One is sized for full floor-to-ceiling and the other is the 4 foot high one we used to set our wall heights.

5:06 Let’s use the smaller one since our walls are already in place.

5:11 Obviously, if we knew that we we’re going to use the full-height glazing, we wouldn’t have spent the time in CAD drafting and grouping the window-wall linework.

5:21 So if we turn our window wall layer off, we can see the window blocks sitting flush with the ground.

5:28 Let’s move them up where they belong before swapping them out.

5:33 Luckily the window blocks were all grouped together in CAD so it’s easy to move them all up at once.

5:40 Then we can do the same thing as we did with the others by copying our 3D window...and placing it inside the CAD block.

6:09 And there we go!

6:12 All of our windows are set and scaled in place all at once.

6:21 With that, we’ve reached the end of our 'Method 2 – Using Optimized CAD Linework' course.

6:27 As a bonus, I’ve added an extra lesson that shows the entire process in real time from start to finish (without the narration) so you can see just how quick and easy the whole process really is.