recently finished a great little Lego house (set #4956
) with his daughter - he sent pictures.
He thought some readers might like to build it, and I thought that was a cool idea too. So, trying out my plugin, I was able to load SketchUp with all the parts needed to build this set (except this one part
.) The plugin fetches the Peeron
page for the set, parses out the part #, quantity and color, and then populates the model with Components.
The plugin needs a SketchUp library of components whose names match the part number in the inventory. I have about 100 parts of the library finished, and will be making it available with the plugin.
This is a publicly-editable model, so download it, work on it, and upload your changes. (I reserved the right to approve changes.)
When it's finished, I would like to test another part of the Lego plugin - creating build instructions from the model. At first I thought printed instructions were what I wanted, but why not just use SketchUp - the SketchUp model IS the instructions.
By using Scenes, you can step through each step of the build. In a model like this (bottom-up), the steps can be mostly automated because each vertical layer of bricks can be assumed to be a step. And that is exactly how this image