How to Use Intersect in Combination with Front, Top, and Side Views in SketchUp
Anyone who’s ever tried to model a car with SketchUp knows it’s a tricky undertaking. The problem is that cars (and most other vehicles) are kind of curvy; worse yet, they’re curvy in several directions.
One trick lots of modelers use to block out a basic shape for things like cars is to start with orthographic — straight-on top, front, and side — views of the thing they’re trying to model. Here’s how the method works:
- Position each 2D view where it belongs in 3D space.
- Push/pull them all so their extrusions overlap.
- Use the Intersect tool (Tools → Solid Tools → Intersect) to find the object that the extrusions all have in common.
This method doesn’t always produce perfect results, but it’s a lot better than guessing. Plus, it’s fun. Here’s the technique in action.