Groups in Sketchup
What is it?Groups are great for keeping your models organized. They allow you to easily move forms around without connecting the geometries.
What's the tutorial?
- Open SketchUp
- Press spacebar to select the Select tool.
Click and drag a box around the entities you want in the group.
Release the mouse button when all of the elements are either partially included (left-to-right selection) or fully included (right-to-left selection) in the selection box.
- CTRL+click and select Make Group from the context menu. The geometry you selected appears grouped within a highlighted bounding box.
You can make group hierarchies by grouping other Group entities within a group. Additionally, you can mix your hierarchies by including components and groups within other components and groups.
- You can ungroup grouped entities by context-clicking on the group and then selecting Explode .
- Create a sphere:
- Change the view to the Right (Command+3)
- If you do not see sections click on View>Hidden Geometry
- With the Selection tool (spacebar) drag right to left to select the top three rings
- Orbit to make sure your selection is complete:
- Delete the selection
- Select the Line tool (L) and draw a line connecting endpoints
- Select the Eraser tool (E) and erase the line
- Select the Offset tool (F) click on the outside ring and drag in:
- Select the Push/Pull tool (P) push in:
- Make a copy of the selection.
- Triple click on the sphere
- CTRL+click and select Make Group from the Context Menu
- Select File>Paste in Place
- Select the Move tool (M) and move the pasted circle away from the sphere
- Select the Line tool (L) and divide the circle into quarters
- Select the Tape Measure tool and drag from the center to and endpoint. Make a note of the value in the lower right side
- Select the Circle tool (C) and create a circle with the same radius as the pasted circle, but subtract a mm from it:
- Select the Push/Pull tool (P)and extrude the circle:
- Slice off the bottom of the sphere and print (this could be an eye. Print the disc, this could be a pupil.
- Create a model with groups.