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    How to SPAD (Sketchup Photo Aided Design)

    I wanted to build off of Ted's excellent PAD thread by describing how to use Sketchup to design a part from a photo.

    First you need a photo. Follow Ted's instructions on getting a good image (he's the photo taking expert). I'm stealing his because it will link the threads nicely (and I'm lazy). Thanks Ted!

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    Then go get yourself Sketchup. It's free for "personal projects". What you're getting is Skethup "Make", which has nearly all the functionality of the paid "Pro" version. For commercial use, you should get Pro to adhere to their licensing.
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    Once you have Sketchup, play around with it a bit. I describe everything you need to do in the video below, but it doesn't hurt to get your feet wet first.

    In Part 1, I import the photo and scale it. In Part 2 (coming up), I'll do a sanity check, and in Part 3 I draw the motor mount.

    By the way, as Ted said in his PAD thread, having a ruler in the photo can help get the scaling even more precise. I just use a dimension I happen to know, which works well too.

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    Part 2 - doing a sanity check on my photo and scaling.

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    Part 3 - drawing the actual motor mount.

    That's it! Hope this was helpful. Questions, comments? Shoot em out there.

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