Modeling Tensile Structures with Soap Skin and Curviloft - SketchUp Extension Tutorials

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In today’s SketchUp quick tutorial, we’re going to talk about drawing a few different tensile structure designs.

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There are a couple different extensions you can use to create tensile structure designs – I’d recommend having them both on your computer. The first is Curviloft by Fredo6, and the second is Soap Skin and Bubble. They work a little differently, and sometimes you can get different results by trying each one of them.
What I’ve found when working with these structures is that it’s best to start by drawing the area on the ground that you’re trying to cover. Then you can develop a framework and use these extensions to develop a skin over the framework.
The best way to do this is to think about your structure as if you’re actually building it – you can draw lines as if they’re supports, then draw arcs between them to develop your frameworks.
Sometimes it’s best to generate the entire framework all at once, and sometimes it’s better to generate one part of the framework, then use the rotate tool to generate the rest of it.
Don’t be afraid to draw a flat surface to draw your arcs on.

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