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Chris writes – “We have released a new section of our web site dedicated to designing tubular structures with SketchUp. We invite people to construct with the components we have on the site and those they make themselves and contribute to the project and component library. The initial fittings in the library were created using the CAD drawings for Kee Klamp fittings, but you could easily use them as substitutes for designing PVC structures in SketchUp.”Link.

This is pretty smart – any company that makes “things” you can build with should really consider doing “libraries” for SketchUp – imagine being able to construct anything in 3D and (eventually) “checking out” and getting all the stuff shipped or purchased waiting for you. I think a parts API of some sort from Amazon, DigiKey, Mouser, etc etc and Sketchup could really be interesting – any way, you can build stuff now with using the library from Simplified Building.

Related SketchUping @ MAKE:

  • Workbench plans – made with Sketchup – Link.
  • Google Sketchup -> Second Life export – Link.
  • SketchUp -> Google SketchUp now free… – Link.
  • Google SketchUp – now for Mac OS X (free) – Link.
  • Sketchup and the web 3.D future – Link.
  • Hammock made with Sketchup… – Link.
  • SketchUp drawings of midibox-based MIDI controller designs – Link.
  • Bookcase – Sketchup to construction – Link.
  • Good Night and Good Making – with SketchUp – Link.