Hello and welcome back viewers. Hopefully everything has been going well since and now you are ready to jump on board for more Project Ventura fun. First off, I want to thank everyone who has been viewing our blogs on the behalf of our entire engineering class. It’s so great to have so many people involved and following the progress we make on this project. So let’s start of by talking about what we have been doing in class last time we spoke.
After Pam Powell came and helped us with a starting point we have been working on the furniture in Google sketch up. The problem that we have faced during this process is that not all the computers in the engineering lab have Google sketch up on them, so instead of sitting around and whining about it Sierra and I along with most groups in the class have split up the work by someone working on the furniture in Google Sketch Up and the other one working on the cut List. I will admit that at first I didn’t understand how to make a cut list of the purpose of it. So I decided to do a lot of research which is where I discovered exactly how it should look and what needs to be included. So since understanding the how to make a cut list Sierra and I have been able to get a good amount of it done over the last couple of class. The thing that I am struggling with the most is making the furniture in Google Sketch. I have been working on the bookshelf for the last couple classes, and after Pam explained to us how it should look I thought that I would be able to make it easily. However, it’s been rather difficult because I am trying to make the bookshelf the correct dimensions to the trailer however it seems to be disproportional to everyone else’s which makes me worried on if it is correct or not. So, since I am at a standstill with the bookshelf I decided to finish other furniture that we have to model by the end of this week. So furniture is has been giving me and little bit of a hard time but I am hoping that I will be able to fix my issues by this week so I can move forward. The goal by next Monday is to have a binder that will consist of our cut list and furniture. In class we have also been working on using the drills and the different types of holes, so this way we will be prepared to start working on furniture as soon as necessary. We have also been working on proper technique will working with the saws and drills so this way there is a smaller risk of people being injured while working. Also big news! We sightly changed the design of the airstream floor plan to make it better. So instead of having a a table and stools on the right side wall we are getting rid of it and instead installing a long couch. This way teachers won’t be facing an empty wall when they are working. A picture of the floor plan is below so you see what I am talking about.
So this week I have decided to research modeling making in Google Sketch up because I seem to be having a lot of trouble in sketch up and even though Ms. Jo and Pam Powell have given a great starting point I want to research more into it to understanding where I am having my problem. So according to homemaker Anna white she explains the basis to making simple designs like a bookshelf on her blog. After reading it I believe I understand where I am having my issue. She explains that before you start working in Google sketch up that you should go to the tool bar and select window and from window go to model information where you can set up what you are drawing in like inches or feet. This could explain why my bookshelf didn’t look the right dimensions when I was modeling. I also learned from Anna’s blog that a way you can make your bookshelf is to start from top to bottom making each part a component. This helps we a lot because now with this new found information I can apply to helping me finish my furniture modeling in sketch up. Okay that’s all I have for now folks! I will see you in two weeks which is when we will be done with the milestone and moving on to building. So it the famous words from My Fair Lady, By Golly I think I got it! Thank you for reading.