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Old 07-01-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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3d skoolie layout/floor plan

Anyone use any kind of 3d software to come up with a floor plan for their bus?

If so, what software did you use?
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Old 07-01-2017, 12:22 PM   #2
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We used solid works to model some really complex modular furniture.

Honestly in my opinion/experience with projects, you can plan all you want down to the 1/8th of an inch but reality is going to dictate how you build. Dont get me wrong plan everything out as best you can but realize, your numbers and measurements are going to change almost as soon as you start cutting, building, trimming, etc.

Some scaled rectangles in top, side, and front orientation and a lot of tracing paper are going to be the easiest and quickest way to work through early design. Then paper or foam core models are really nice to do after days of sketching. We made a model (or diarama) of our actual bus and then made paper and foam core approximations of the furniture and were able to much more easily get a sense of the space and how everything fit together.

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Old 07-01-2017, 01:14 PM   #3
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I was just recommended Fusion 3D from auto desk apparently it's free, I tried downloading it but haven't used it yet. Website looks good and it is a reputable company. Good luck and if you manage to model a 40' Thomas please share it with us...
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Old 07-01-2017, 01:53 PM   #4
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Heard good this about fusion 360, specifically that its really good at modeling complex, organic shapes. Classmates have used it to do bike helmets, human faces, etc.

I personally am a Rhino3D fan, autocad is a little to engineering heavy for me. My gf is a very competent solidworks user. She did the entire exterior of her own original car design in SW for a studio class assignment.

Maybe I forgot to mention, she's an industrial designer and I'm a furniture designer so we love model making.

We've got a 35ft BB. I'll send a pic of our foam core model shortly.

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Old 07-01-2017, 01:55 PM   #5
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Oh sketch up is also free. Google product. Pretty bare bones if I remember from the last time I played with it. Most any CAD program will get you where you need if you are at the point in design where you need to start generating accurate measurements.

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Old 07-01-2017, 09:01 PM   #6
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I have a fairly accurate model of a 40' TCRE in rhino if you want it. I've mostly used it for interior design but it has the rib spacing accurate down to about a 1/4" based on our bus.

It's a combination of nurbs and some polygons.


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Heard good this about fusion 360, specifically that its really good at modeling complex, organic shapes. Classmates have used it to do bike helmets, human faces, etc.

I personally am a Rhino3D fan, autocad is a little to engineering heavy for me. My gf is a very competent solidworks user. She did the entire exterior of her own original car design in SW for a studio class assignment.

Maybe I forgot to mention, she's an industrial designer and I'm a furniture designer so we love model making.

We've got a 35ft BB. I'll send a pic of our foam core model shortly.

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Old 07-01-2017, 09:27 PM   #7
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Thanks guys!

I have a 1998 International 3800 AmTran 71 Passenger.
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:30 PM   #8
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Heard good this about fusion 360, specifically that its really good at modeling complex, organic shapes. Classmates have used it to do bike helmets, human faces, etc.

I personally am a Rhino3D fan, autocad is a little to engineering heavy for me. My gf is a very competent solidworks user. She did the entire exterior of her own original car design in SW for a studio class assignment.

Maybe I forgot to mention, she's an industrial designer and I'm a furniture designer so we love model making.

We've got a 35ft BB. I'll send a pic of our foam core model shortly.

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Do you design furniture for a living. Would you model for a fee? Model "furniture" that is
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:00 PM   #9
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I used Google sketchup.
https://youtu.be/PfVysbux_iQ

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Old 07-02-2017, 03:02 PM   #10
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Do you design furniture for a living. Would you model for a fee? Model "furniture" that is
I screen print for a living lol. I would have been willing if my computer wasn't dead. Its either a new laptop or bus parts.... And bus parts keep wining.
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