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Old 05-29-2021, 08:02 PM   #1
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Blueprint software

Hey guys!! I'm looking for a hopefully free website/program where I can make a 3d model of my bus. I have a laptop and also an iPad(although that's brand new I haven't even gotten it out of the box yet). So if you know of any decent ones let me know!!

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Old 05-29-2021, 08:15 PM   #2
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I’ve seen a lot of people use sketchup
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Old 05-30-2021, 11:45 AM   #3
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What he said. SketchUp has a learning curve like anything else, but it's free and it's reasonably intuitive to use.

A couple tips if never used it:

Don't even try without a mouse
Edit: I've seen people use SketchUp with a touch pad - I just find it extremely frustrating and slow.

Learn about groups and components and use them

Learn what all the main tools do right at the beginning - there aren't that many and the built in tooltips offer good descriptions of what each thing does.

Search the 3d warehouse before drawing anything complicated. Why spend a weekend modeling a toilet when somebody has already done it for you?

Have fun!
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