3D Basecamp Recap and a Lesson Reinforced

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April 20th, 2014 in blogs

Last weekend my family and I drove out to Vail, CO for SketchUp 2014. I look forward to these trips each time because it gives me a chance to see some friends and to find out first hand what others are doing with SketchUp. This was probably the best one so far with more than one person could see in the time alotted. The location was also a bonus. A very nice hotel with skiing close at hand for those who do that. Kari and Ian got out on their boards one day.

I don’t quite know where to begin with all I saw and I’m sure I missed about half of it. There were excellent presentations and hands-on workshops including a basic SketchUp class as well as a couple of intermediate level classes. There were workshops on creating Dynamic Components and a beginner’s class on using LayOut. There were also some presentations on some amazing plugins, mostly aimed at the architectural folks in the crowd, and a staggering array of applications for SketchUp from 3D printing to CNC cutting to energy use analysis.

There was a great deal of discussion about makers and what they are doing. The keynote address was given by Nick Ierodiaconou of 00,  a London based strategy and design practice, in which he talked about the Wikihouse Project and OpenDesk, an open source furniture design collaboration. While I wouldn’t classify it as “fine woodworking”, I think it offers some interesting

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