Google SketchUp is a free graphic design program that is suitable for many different projects, from furniture design to building your dream house. It is an accessible design for engineering designs, and is easier to pick up than other 3D graphic design programs such as AutoCAD.
For the would-be SketchUp engineer, one basic skill you should learn is how to make a wheel. Adding precision details can come later, but first you'll have to learn how to make the basic shapes using SketchUp's tools.
Things You'll Need
- Google SketchUp
Run Google SketchUp and open a new file. Although you can make a wheel in any template, the Beginning Training Template is the most useful for learning new skills.
Click the circle button on the toolbar. Draw a small circle.
Click the Orbit button on the toolbar, or hold down your mouse's scroll wheel. Rotate your view downwards so that you are looking at the circle at an angle.
Click the Push/Pull button on the toolbar. Pull your circle upwards, turning it into a thin, long cylinder. This will be your axle.
Double-click the axle, which will highlight all of its surfaces. Click the "Make Component" button on the toolbar. Name the component "Axle" and click "Create."
Draw a larger circle on the top face of the axle. This will be your wheel.
Click the Push-Pull button on the toolbar and pull the wheel down so that it is surrounding the axle. Use the move-copy tool on the toolbar to reposition the wheel as needed.
Tips & Warnings
- If you want to get a feel for how the wheel moves around the axle, try using the rotate tool, which can be found on the main toolbar.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
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