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I have found that there
are some things that should probably be discussed and maybe agreed upon for the
designers of the mold files.
I typically create
pieces on the fly for all my projects but I imagine I am in the minority on
Here are some things I
Make everything in RL
I make standard blocks
5' x 2.5' x 2.5'
I make all circles have
This gives a more
realistic circle feel. I may even change
this to 360.
Try and keep the axis
(RED/GREEN/BLUE intersection) of your component on a 90 degree point if you
Makes orientating it
Name your component
logically or perhaps we can come up with a naming scheme.
I try and make the name
give you an understanding of what it actually is.
i.e. Standard Block or Standard
½ Block or 8” Round Standard Block or 8” Round Standard ½ Block.
Now the reason for using
the real life scale as opposed to small scale.
When making circles and arches and such on a smaller scale it is much
harder to make globes and things at times almost impossible. Using the real scale it makes this much
easier. This also helps with the follow
me tool etc.
What do you all think?
P.S. If you want to make 5' into 1 inch use the scale and type in 0.016666667
Jan 30 14 9:13 AM
Jan 30 14 10:03 AM
Where can I download the hirst arts sketchup files? Is there one link to the collection or are there many? I am interested in using sketchup to plan 10 different dice towers I want to build.
HA Molds: 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 70, 71, 76, 80, 85, 86, 201, 203, 210, 220, 221, 240, 250, 260, 261, 701 A&K Molds: Medieval 1, Window Molds 1, 2, 3
Jan 30 14 5:09 PM
Whilst I understand why you would want to create the pieces at a larger scale, it is useful to build with them at 1:1 in order to make measurements from the model.
For circles, 24 or 36 sides is more than adequate to give a good representation of the pieces. If you wish to ray-trace or 3d-print the final model, I can appreciate wanting a better circle, but for most purposes the increased poly count will just make the files much larger and slower to download.
Descriptive naming of components is definitely a good idea, as is aligning them along the major axes.
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Jan 31 14 12:42 PM
Thanks for your clear explanation of the circles issue with regards to the tower blocks - I now understand why you would want a large number of segments to each circle.
After a brief look at the various round tower moulds, the different diameter tower rings contain different numbers of blocks. Some rings also have 1/2 and 1/4 "standard" blocks.
Here is my suggestion for a "standard" which will ensure that the ends of the pieces are always at the points of the "circular" polygon:
1. Count the number of standard blocks in a complete circle. Multiply this number by eight and use this as the number of facets in the circles. This way even a 1/4 block has a centreline which will align with an offset joint on the adjacent layers.
2. For the circular stairs blocks, count the number of steps in a complete circle and use this number of facets. Each step should then fill one facet.
If you want to use a single number for all the blocks, then 48 facets should be a good compromise. I think all the pieces would then fit exactly, with the exception of those blocks that are 1/32nd of a complete circle, which would be 1.5 facets wide. If it really bothers you that these do not line up exactly, you could easily make a left and right hand mirror copy of each piece.
I hope this makes sense,
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