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Make Ideas Real: Share your SketchUp Story Answered

Today, the SketchUp team is launching a new project called Make Ideas Real. The purpose of this project is to showcase work from SketchUp users who (in some way) have made their models into something real. SInce so many of you are already discussing and sharing your projects here, I wanted to reach out and introduce the project to the Instructables community specifically.

We think SketchUp users do amazing work, and that sometimes this work gets lost in the 3D Warehouse. If you're particularly proud of a model that you've turned into reality (using SketchUp somewhere in your workflow), we hope you'll share the project and the story with us here. And please, we also want to hear about the role that Instructables played in your project!

Our plan is to collect the most compelling stories and feature them in a special showcase, so that people who are new to SketchUp can be inspired by the work of others. If you have any questions, I hope you'll respond to this post and let me know!

Mark
Google SketchUp, Community Manager

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Kiteman

7 years ago

If you want to generate a lot of this type of content, why not sponsor a Sketchup themed contest?

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mharrison11Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Good question, Kiteman! We're not running a contest mostly because we didn't intend to crown a winner. Instead, we're hoping to highlight a collection of work. Also, contests have a whole bunch of legal hurdles that can (ironically) make it hard to collect a lot of content!

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Kitemanmharrison11

Reply 7 years ago

I see what you mean, but Instructables have done the legal work for you already, and they do get a lot more projects posted around a particular theme if there is an incentive with a cash value, rather than just prestige.

If you offered a prize of some piece of hardware that can be used to turn Sketchup diagrams into real objects (laser cutter, 3dprinter, CNC machine), and advertised the contest via a google logo involving the Instructables Robot, then you would have many hundreds, possibly thousands, of high-quality projects to choose from.

(After all, it would look a bit bad for a company as big as Google to try and get a bank of work like this for free...)

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mharrison11Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

That's a fair perspective, but I should clarify that we're hoping to highlight work from the broader design community on the web, not just Instructables.

Sponsoring a SketchUp-specific contest on Instructables is an interesting idea, but probably not right for this gallery, in which we're hoping to showcase the diverse projects that people have already built -- not to win a prize, but to actually re-imagine and re-model some aspect of the world around them. I hope you're still interested!