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SketchUp Pro: Modeling a Lamp

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Learn how to create a detailed model of a house lamp in SketchUp Pro—and add new organizational and design techniques to your 3D modeling toolbox along the way.

SketchUp Pro offers design and rendering tools that can help you create striking, professional-grade 3D models that wow clients and colleagues alike. In this course, Paul J. Smith demonstrates how to leverage these tools to create a detailed model of a house lamp. Along the way, he illustrates important techniques for organizing your project file, creating complex mechanical shapes, and even articulation for the lamp arm. Paul starts with the foundations, showing how to set up the template, load the components, and make the base profile for the lamp. He then demonstrates how to make the swivel connection profile, form the lower armature of the lamp, and make the top arm and lampshade. To wrap up, he explains how to put all of the pieces together and finalize the project.


  • Creating detailed 3D models in SketchUp Pro
  • What do I need to know?
  • Using the exercise files
1. The Template to the Base
  • Setting up the template
  • Loading the components
  • Making the base profile
  • Making the base part
  • Making the swivel connection profile, part 1
  • Making the swivel connection profile, part 2
  • Making the swivel connection part
  • Completing the swivel connection
2. The Lower Armature
  • Investigating the lower armature of the lamp
  • Making the base arm profile
  • Completing the base arm component
  • Making the armature hinge unit parts
  • Putting the armature hinge together
  • Forming the rear arm body
  • Finishing the rear arm body
  • Completing the rear arm
3. The Springs and Retaining Clip
  • Understanding the springs
  • The small spring connection
  • The spring barrel and hook
  • Completing the springs
  • The spring retainer pin
  • Building the base
  • Adding the springs
  • Connecting up the lower armature
4. The Top Arm and Shade
  • Making the top arm body
  • Completing the top arm
  • The shade holder profiles
  • Completing the shade holder body
  • Completing the shade holder
  • Making the lampshade
  • Making the bulb
  • Making the bulb holder
5. Putting It All Together
  • The upper armature explained
  • Connecting the bulb and bulb holder
  • Connecting the shade to the shade holder
  • Building the upper armature
  • Putting it together
  • Making the pins
  • Placing the pins
  • Making the armature hinge pin
  • The final pieces
6. Articulation and Rendering
  • About this chapter
  • Combining components for maximum efficiency
  • Articulating the upper armature
  • Articulating the lower armature
  • Articulating the upper and lower armatures
  • Multipoint articulation of the lamp
  • Adding the cables
  • Lamps in_situ
  • Next steps

Taught by

Paul J. Smith


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