How to create motion in Google SketchUp

Different types of motion can be created in Google SketchUp by means of “Sketchyphysics” which is an additional plugin. These Google Sketchup plugins provide you with a set of tools that can be used for various purposes while this specific one includes being able to create Sketchup animation.
To learn how to create motion in Google SketchUp follow the steps given below.


Step # 1 – Make a rectangle

In this tutorial we will understand how different joints can be used. First of all create a rectangle, pull it up by means of the “Push/Pull” tool and make two diagonal points to define the midpoint of the shape.

Draw a rectangle

Step # 2 – Make group

Select this object that you just made, right click on it and choose the “make group” option.

Create a group

Step # 3 – Draw a path

Draw another line, emerging from the center of the illustration. This line is there to serve as the path for the joint that you will put.

Make a path

Step # 4 – Make cylinder

Separately, make a circle, extrude it by means of the “push/Pull” tool and then make it into a single group.

Create a cylinder

Step # 5 – Insert the joint

Now zoom in to the extruded rectangle and select the “hinge” joint. While this joint is selected, click once where the path is intersecting the shape. Click once more and then define the path, this appears blue because it is parallel to the blue axis.

Add the joint

Step # 6 – Place the disk

Now place the extruded circle above the rectangle such that the created path runs through it.

Position the disk

Step # 7 – Connect the joint

Select the “joint connecter” option above, click the joint, keep pressing the “control” key and select the circular disk. This joins the two. A green outline appears when they get connected.

Attach the joint

Step # 8 – Group the joint

Now, with the select tool click the rectangle, keep pressing the “shift” key, select the joint, right click and then choose the “make group” option. This joins the joint with this object.

Make a group of the joint

Step # 9 – Make the state static

Right click on this new group, then go to “sketchyphysics”, “state” and select the “static” option. Such additional Google Sketchup plugins provide you with advanced features in the software.

Change the state to static

Step # 10 – Create motion

Press the “play” button and the disk will now move once you create motion manually.
You can delete this current joint, add any another and join it with these objects by repeating the same process to create Sketchup animation.

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