The first meeting of our new Bay Area SketchUp Meetup group is coming up next week on February 3rd. We've already got a few people signed up, and I'm excited to see who else ends up joining us. Here's a quick overview of what I'm going to talk about:
To start, I figure it makes sense to briefly introduce what we do at Igloo Studios. In a nutshell, we convert building product catalogs (from manufacturers) into SketchUp models, which we load into the 3D Warehouse for designers to integrate into their own models. This introduction will segway into a discussion of why product catalogs are particularly helpful to interior designers, especially the Kitchen and Bath designer. For example, whether working in the field or just using client's measurement notes, a designer can easily create an accurately-dimensioned room from scratch. With that, the drawing is nearly complete - the designer just needs to populate it with products manufacturers' catalogs. Online catalogs, like Google's 3D Warehouse, make this step remarkably simple.
Next, we'll go through how to add products like cabinets and countertops from the 3D Warehouse into your design. We'll also explore shopping for appliances and other objects like faucets or sinks. Then we'll find finishes that can be added to counters, floors and walls. Lastly, I want to talk about decorative props that can be used to enhance a kitchen design.
After covering how to specify particular products in your design, I'd like to demonstrate how LayOut can generate the reports necessary for bidding on and building your kitchen design. We'll look at things like planning and pricing the cabinets, manufacturing the countertops, and exporting all the relevant information from your model.
In the context of these discussions, I'll also talk briefly about some tools that we've been working on to make this whole process easier for designers. We're nearly finished with our first tool, the Report Maker, which works within SketchUp to generate a schedule of products used in your design. This will be useful for creating product orders, pricing, or simply exporting a list of the real products contained in the model.
As you can see, we've got a lot of stuff to cover. Though we'll be focusing on Kitchen and Bath examples, the techniques and processes we discuss will be relevant to all SketchUp designers, especially those who work with interiors. I look forward to seeing everyone there!