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How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro?

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How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? 7sumac7 2/3/10 10:45 AM


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Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gully Foyle 2/3/10 11:14 AM
You can draw graphic arrows with the Line tool like any other object. You can even make 'em 3D.

What is your specific problem?

-Gully
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? 7sumac7 2/3/10 1:41 PM
Hi, Gully,
 
Thank you for your kind response.
 
I need to draw a series of structures; this part is fine. I need to show simple arrows to represent force loadings.
 
There do not seem to be any simple engineering arrows (3-D) that I can import that are appropriate for force diagrams; also the imported graphic attaches to my drawing and I need to manipulate the arrows separately. 
 
Thank you for your help.
 
Sue
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gully Foyle 2/3/10 1:49 PM
Sue,

I'm suggesting that you can easily construct an arrow, make it a component, and use it over and over. If necessary, you can even import an arrow graphic as a bitmap image and make a component out of that.

Since you talk about "arrows (3-D) that...are appropriate for force diagrams," and I'm not sure what "appropriate" means, if you could show me a picture of roughly what you want it to look like, I can make an arrow component for you. How about if you include a link to an example (say an image on the web somewhere) with your next post?

-Gully
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? 7sumac7 2/3/10 1:59 PM
Gully,
 
I just need a slim black arrow that I can manipulate on the drawing. I can draw the circular shaft, but am unsure how to compose the cone on top to come to a point. I don't seem to be able to move the arrow shaft separately from my 3D drawing to position the arrows where I want them.
 
Sorry for being so dense.
 
Thanks.
 
Sue
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gully Foyle 2/3/10 4:09 PM
Sue,

You're not being dense at all, but I wish I could get you to tell me exactly what you want so I wouldn't have to guess. Look at the attached model, which has three different kinds of arrow, and tell me exactly what you like, what you don't, and what tweaks you'd like to see.

Incidentally, I would advise against black. Detail is completely lost when you color objects black; they just look like a dark blob.

-Gully
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gully Foyle 2/3/10 4:12 PM
Oops, forgot the link.
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? 7sumac7 2/3/10 7:10 PM
Gully,
 
The arrow on the far right is the most useful for my purposes. Thank you for the link. How do I upload this arrow to my SketchUp drawing?
 
Sue
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gaieus 2/3/10 7:34 PM
Just select it, copy it (use Ctrl+C for shortcut), switch to your model and paste (Ctrl+V). It will appear there "stuck" to your cursor in the state of the move tool and you can place it anywhere with a click.
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gully Foyle 2/3/10 7:50 PM
Better yet, here's a tute on how to make your own (or use one of mine).

Be forewarned: they are large (almost 10' tall) and will have to be scaled down. You didn't tell me what size to make them, but they can be made any size you want.

Feel free to ask specific questions about how to position arrows (or anything else).

-Gully
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gully Foyle 2/3/10 7:52 PM
Uh, sorry, Gaieus, I didn't know you had already posted when I did. I didn't mean "better yet" in the sense of better than Gaieus's advice.

-G
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gaieus 2/3/10 9:55 PM
Don't worry, Gully.

However, if you turn it into a component, you can re-use it any time in any other project straight from your component browser just save it into a library.
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? 7sumac7 2/4/10 6:18 AM
Hello, Gully and Gaieus,
 
Thank you both very much for your kind consideration in helping me out with arrow creation in Google SketchUp. I will work with the ideas you have given me, and if it is OK, get back with you here if I have problems.
 
Sue
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? 7sumac7 2/4/10 6:22 AM
Hi, Gully,
 
I cannot read the font, too low a resolution, on the tutorial. When I blow up the page, the text pixelates. If it is easier, could you provide the text to the two instruction paragraphs here? Thanks much.
 
Sue
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? Gully Foyle 2/4/10 8:00 AM
> I cannot read the font, too low a resolution

That's amazing. I've never heard of anyone having such a problem. Reference 1 is what it looks like on my monitor.

Are you looking at this on screen or on a printout? What happens if you make your own text objects?

-Gully
Re: How do I insert force arrows for engineering drawing? Can SketchUp insert simple arrows or do I need SketchUp Pro? 7sumac7 2/4/10 9:12 AM
This is great. Thank you. I'll let you know how I do. You've been so kind to help me out. Sue