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SketchUp 2014 For Dummies by Aidan Chopra

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Chapter 5

Falling in Love with Components

In This Chapter

arrow Lumping together geometry into groups

arrow Discovering the wonder and majesty of components

arrow Getting familiar with Dynamic Components

arrow Using components to make symmetrical models

arrow Building stairs with component instances

I wish I had a way to use the typography in this book to convey the relative importance of certain topics. If I had my way, the word COMPONENTS would be printed 4 inches high and colored neon green. Components are that important.

Making a component or a group is like gluing together geometry in your model. Edges and faces that are grouped together act like mini-models inside your main model; you use components and groups to more easily select, move, hide, and otherwise work with parts of your model that need to be kept separate. Groups are simple conglomerations of edges and faces. Components are basically groups with an all-important, added benefit: changes you make to one instance (copy) of a component automatically ...

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