A Quick Google Sketchup 8 Toturial - PVC Pipe & Fittings

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  1. ChrisRaubs

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    Hey Guys & Gals,

    So a few people have asked me how to get the PVC pipe fittings and piping in my sketches...

    First off, i would recommend you watch the tutorial videos, there are 4 of them and completely non related to "tank" designing, but they will give you a better understanding of what you can do with Sketchup and how to do it...

    The links to the vids are:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OPkv9tRuO-c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tS11K5PgHkc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZwJntmJxi78

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Kc0yunYvM7U

    Now that you understand how ad what Sketchup can do, it will be very easy to make some very nice and "in-scale" drawings of you set-up prior to starting your build...

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    This is how i do my piping & fittings:

    First you need to download some "fittings etc.. which you would like to use in you design... I have found that there are almost all of the PVC pipe fittings available... Just be carefull not to download the ones where there is a whole range of assort ments in one download... It's difficult to move just one of them around...

    Go File> 3D Warehouse > Get models

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    Then you search for the size fittings you need,,, generally just searching "PVC Fittings" is good enough...

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    Then choose what you want and download them... If it prompts you whether you want to insert it now, just say now, unless you're only intending to download one item and use it straight away...

    After downloading,

    Import your fitting that you've downloaded... Look for it in the directory where you've saved it to...

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    Now that you've imported it, you can go crazy... Use the "move" tool to move it about, also use the move tool to adjust the angle and direction you want your fitting to show....

    So let's say you've now got 2 90 degree fittings adjacent to one another, but you'd like to add a PVC pipe in-between them, you can do this in 1 of two ways,,, Either you can use the "Circle" tool, and draw a circle to the excat diam of the PVC pipe, and then make it wider with the "Push/Pull" tool or you can simply double click on the circle side of your fitting with the selection tool until you get to the last level,,, sometime you need to double click like 5 times....

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    You'l then notice that the circle part gets a lot of tiny blue dots,,, this means that you can now use the "push/pull" tool and extend only this part of the fitting,,, and there you go... PVC pipe done...

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    Hope this helped a bit.
     
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  3. RiaanP

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    Easier, save all the fittings in another SketchUp document. Open 2 SketchUp instances, first your design and the other all the fittings. And copy and paste.

    Alternative, go and check the Plugins. Search for "Pipe Along Path"
    Then you just draw a couple of connected lines. Select them all, and convert them to a pipe. Can give inner dimension and wall thickness. OK it does not do the corners, but it is a lot faster to just get the basic concept down than pasting, orientating, turning, flip along and what else.

    While checking out the Plugins, another nice one is "Set Center Point". select any surface and get a marker at the middle. No more need for drawing cross-hair lines.
     
  4. SeanH

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    Great info!! Thanks.
     
  5. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Brilliant, thanks for taking the time to do this. :)
     
  6. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Very Cool! Thanks alot
     
  7. ccwilke

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    Nice and free software
     
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