Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Making a Parametric Bench: Sketch-Up Modelling Tutorial




Parametric bench is unique furniture that is made of sections of plywood bonded rods arranged into a series of contours. This contour layout can form different organic shapes appropriate for a seating area. In this step by step tutorial, we will show you how to make a parametric bench using Sketch-Up as a 3-D modelling tool. 

STEP 1: Click the line tool, draw and plot the base of the parametric bench in angular form.


STEP 2: Using the push/ pull tool, create a space for seating area.


Angular form: Top View, Front Elevation, Right Side Elevation, Left Side Elevation, Rear Elevation


STEP 3a: In order to change the shape of the bench from angular to organic form, we will need an extension such as the 'SUbd- Subdivide and Smooth Plugin’


STEP 3b: Select the bench model> click tools> click Loop subdivision smooth> change the repeat subdivision parameter from 1 to 2> click OK. 


Result so far


STEP 4: Select the model> right click> make group




STEP 5: Select the bench model> click the Slicing tool from the Slicer Plugin tool bar (TIG_Slicer plugin)> follow the Slicer parameter set-up> click OK


STEP 6: Delete unnecessary object(s)


STEP 7: Apply wood texture to your model using paint bucket. Choose any available wood textures from the Material dialogue box.


Summary


Final Render Output


Final Render Output


Final Render Output


Parametric Bench model (.skp file)
To download click HERE

8 comments:

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  2. I just looked in the Sketchup Extension Warehouse and do not see the "Subdivide and Smooth Plugin". Is it called something else now? I am using Sketchup Pro 2017.

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    1. https://extensions.sketchup.com/sv/content/subd

      Sorry for the confusion. Its called SUbD - Subdivide and Smooth Plugin

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  3. I found a suitable smoothing plugin, now I need a slicing one. Do you have a suggestion?

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  4. Thank you for your response and time, I appreciate it.

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  5. I have not had time to get back to this but I hope to this weekend. I'm definitely stoked on the idea of being able to design like this now however!

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