Computer Aided Design or CAD has been a hobby of mine since I was in high school. I had ventured into the world of AutoCAD and Revit thanks to the drafting class I was in. Around the same time, a new Google product debuted called SketchUp. SketchUp brought 3D CAD design to everyone with a computer thanks to the fact that it was free, had a simple interface and was easy to learn.
For the next 10 years, SketchUp grew in versatility and design but kept its simple interface and short learning curve. I was there the whole way making models ranging from apartment floor plans to spaceships to models for 3D printing. SketchUp was my go-to CAD program, that was until October 2018.
Since then I have completely moved my workflow from Blender. Blender is a completely different animal to SketchUp. It's been used to create SFX in feature films, created entire animated movies, and utilized in a huge number of projects. It makes creating amazingly detailed models, animations, lifelike scenes, easy, and beautiful, once you learn how to use it. Because of its expansive features and versatility Blender does take a bit longer to learn but it's absolutely worth it!
The first model I created that was not part of a tutorial was of my 3D Printer. I tried to create the model to accurately duplicate my printer in every way from all the screws used to all the wires that sprawl all over the printer.
SketchFab hosts the 3D model and provides an amazing 3D viewer so that anyone can view the amazing detail possible using Blender
Old SketchUp Models
Although I've moved to Blender I still have a large library of models from the last 10 years. Some of my favorites are below. Expect to see these models converted into Blender and improved immensely.
A Large ground-based radio satellite dish used for large-scale communication with orbiting stations and other communication devises on distant planets.
The Fender Telecaster, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music. This was inspired by a former room mate had.
62 foot yacht with a sailing rig accompanied with a 600hp on-board engine so one can enjoy the speed of a power boat and relaxation of sailing.