Free SketchUp software - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Loudspeakers > Multi-Way

Multi-Way Conventional loudspeakers with crossovers

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 30th April 2006, 06:06 PM   #1
Few is offline Few  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Maine, USA
Default Free SketchUp software

If you're looking for some great software to help you visualize the design of your next project--in three dimensions--you might be interested to learn that a very slightly streamlined version of SketchUp has just become available FREE of charge. You can download it at:

Sketchup download

I've been using the full blown version of this software for about nine months and have found it to be fantastic for designing anything in three dimensions. It's not CAD software; it's really optimized for visualizing ideas. Nonetheless, you can specify dimensions quite precisely when necessary. The best part is that you're always working directly in three dimensions and the tools are very intuitive--okay, it takes a little bit of effort to get used to them at first, but there are very helpful video tutorials available. I find I now often reach for SketchUp instead of for a pen and piece of paper when trying to brainstorm. Highly recommended, and the price is now very right.

Few
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th April 2006, 08:10 PM   #2
bigwill is offline bigwill  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
This software seems pretty cool indeed, after reading the tutorials I was able to create this after about 30 minutes total in the program, a mock up of a back loaded horn for a fullrange driver (bodged together pretty horribly )
Attached Images
File Type: gif quickhorn.gif (16.3 KB, 875 views)
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st May 2006, 02:03 AM   #3
jamikl is offline jamikl  Australia
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Melbourne
Default free Sketchup

Thanks for this Few. Its great. I,m sure everybody in the house will have use for this programme.
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st May 2006, 02:10 AM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
Geek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
We need IE browser for this program, why?
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st May 2006, 04:04 AM   #5
jamikl is offline jamikl  Australia
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Melbourne
I got it on Firefox Geek.
jamikl
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st May 2006, 08:18 AM   #6
diyAudio Member
 
Geek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Quote:
Originally posted by jamikl
I got it on Firefox Geek.
jamikl
Cheers!
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st May 2006, 01:56 PM   #7
Few is offline Few  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Maine, USA
Glad you're finding SketchUp useful. I invested a chunk of change in a book that really helps make use of some of the hidden power of SketchUp. I don't have the title with me at the moment but can post it if there's interest. The downside is that it was pretty expensive (something like $90, if I recall). Nonetheless, I've come to rely on SketchUp so much that I've found the book to be a good investment. There are an amazing number of little tidbits that make the software easier to use; it's more powerful than it might seem upon first exposure. The more I learn about it, the more impressed I am.

Few
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st May 2006, 04:27 PM   #8
qi is offline qi
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: .
Cool!

Thanks...
  Reply With Quote
Old 2nd May 2006, 10:39 PM   #9
ruerose is offline ruerose  Canada
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
thanks for the link, sure is helping me visualize my next project.

(A variation cosmetically on the floorstanding version of Zaph's XG18/27TDFC MTM.
http://www.zaphaudio.com/audio-speaker16.html)


(L to R: Beta 1~Alpha~Original Design)

Click the image to open in full size.
  Reply With Quote
Old 4th May 2006, 12:59 AM   #10
diyAudio Member
 
roger_lew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Moscow, ID
Does anyone know if you can export/convert the sketchup files to 3dsmax (.max or .3ds preferably) with the free version or with a 3rd party utility? Don't need texture info just the mesh is fine.

Thanks in advance, Roger
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Free software including DazyWeb Lab software ashok Everything Else 2 6th November 2005 11:31 AM
Free software! annex666 Everything Else 4 8th October 2005 08:26 PM
Free CAD software. cowanrg Everything Else 47 2nd August 2005 05:53 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 08:13 PM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2