Introduction: Zero: Energy Waste
We will create a mock up of what can be a smart home device that is mounted on your wall in order to track and control the amount of electrical energy your home uses.
Open Sketchup and draw a rectangle on the X and Y plane, the square measures 50mm in length and 30mm in height.
Step 2: Step 2
Close the square.
Draw a 3mm base on the bottom of the rectangle.
Draw a curve on the outside of the rectangle. It has to touch the top and bottom of the rectangle.
Draw a second curve, 3mm away from the other curve, this will create the thickest of the wall of the device.
Delete the outside edges to create the curve wall.
Create the top by drawing a curve a little more than 3mm in diameter.
Draw a hook, this will create a place for the glass to rest.
Erase the outside edges to form the curved top.
Erase the top line of the rectangle, as well as the vertical line on the left of the rectangle.
This will leave you with the main profile, create a lip by drawing a sort of S in the middle.
Curve the edges of the profile by drawing curves.
One you have your profile, copy and paste it two times.
Draw a circle o the X plane, the radius being the length of the profile.
Erase the bottom part of the profile.
Using the follow me tool, press the profile and then drag it around the main circle.
You will now have a 3D figure. This is forming the top of the device.
Draw another circle for the second profile.
Again, using the follow me tool, press on the profile and then drag it around the circle that we created on the previous slide.
Once you rotate it, you will have the bottom part of the device.
Go to the bottom view.
You can name it as you want.
Raise the letter by 1mm.
You can check if the parts will fit in when you move them around into an assembly.
You can now export the pieces into a .obj file.
Import the .obj piece and click file print.
You can see how the pieces are going to be printed from top to bottom.
This is now your 3D printed piece.
Paint it using primer.
Cut a piece of acrylic being 90mm in diameter, you can create wedges in order for the piece to fit perfectly.
Mount the piece on your wall.