San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP ~ Learn SketchUp 3D modeling & visualization software with Greg Braun.
Learn Sketchup at this comprehensive overview on visualizing, creating, and presenting your work using freely available SketchUp software with Greg Braun, local artist, professional CAD consultant and training instructor.
Free software usually comes with limitations and frustrations. SketchUp software breaks this stereotype and provides a unique, and vibrant set of tools to visualize just about anything, simply and quickly. Professional architects, designers, artists, set designers, and computer game designers use this software to create some amazing images and objects. Greg will show you how to use this invaluable software tool in creating 3D models, visualizations, installations, and/or ways to work out problems with three dimensional sketches and studies. You will be shown how to create walk-through animations with sun studies and place objects directly into Google Earth for viewing your projects and presenting them to others. A must-attend event, even if you only have the slightest bit of computer savvy.
Do you need to create interior layouts to preview an installation scenario? Maybe produce a site installation presentation? How about just laying out some parts and pieces for fabrication? You might even discover a new application or create a new work during the class.
The workshop is designed to help you quickly use SketchUp, creating usable results in just a couple of hours. Guidance on using the software interface and mastering the basic tools and concepts will be covered. The main focus of this workshop is to nurture those who are brand new to SketchUp, but those who have dabbled a bit or have used the software before will still benefit from the tips and tricks presented.
Saturday, February 23rd, 10AM - 4PM *
* (Also included in the SketchUp Workshop registration fee is admission to Greg's presentation, about his work & using SketchUp, which will take place on Friday evening, February 22nd, at 7PM, at Fab Lab DC, click here for more info.)
What to bring:
• Your lunch
• Your laptop
+ a mouse (2 button scroll wheel mouse is encouraged), and a downloaded installation of SketchUp 8. (Be sure your laptop has WiFi capability to interact with the workshop scenarios. Free downloads of SketchUp 8 are available for most Windows or Mac OS installations at www.sketchup.com/intl/en/download/index.html.)
Wifi connections are available at the class location for interfacing with Google Earth, 3D Warehouse, and other internet resources during the workshop.
About the instructor:
Greg Braun, a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, works for Neosys Corporation, a CAD software development, consulting, and training company in Hartwood, Virginia. He is the senior software architect and national instructor for PostalCAD, the proprietary CAD software used by USPS Industrial Engineers for the design of mail processing plants throughout the country. Greg also works out of his studio and workshop creating drawings, photos, and sculptures that have been exhibited at galleries in Richmond, Virginia and Washington DC. Greg has been using AutoCAD extensively since 1990 and began working with SketchUp when it was first introduced to the public in 1999. He has created hundreds of digital files for various projects over the years with the content of the projects ranging from simple objects to national museum exhibit installations. He attended the SketchUp 3D Base Camp invitational conference at the Google corporate headquarters in Mountainview, California in 2008, and was one of only 250 SketchUp power users invited to the Google SketchUp headquarters in Boulder, Colorado for the 10th anniversary conference in 2010.
When & Where
FAB LAB DC
About Fab Lab DC ~
In the spirit of MIT’s Fab Lab community outreach project, FAB LAB DC is a fabrication laboratory/community workshop in the heart of the Nation’s Capital advancing creativity, innovation, and collaborative projects.
FAB LAB DC serves and fosters the creative community by providing access to digital fabrication technology, rapid prototyping, and the global Fab Lab network. Fab Labs enable people to use technology to create, experiment and produce, shifting the paradigm away from people merely “consuming” technology toward using technology to create solutions.
With a focus on life-long learning and emphasis on investigative teamwork, FAB LAB DC provides a range of educational opportunities for people of all ages, extending opportunities for information sharing, research, and broader social impact.