Tutorial: Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

In this tutorial we will show you on how to create animation of table assembly using one of the plugin in SketchUp; Fredo6 Animator. This plugin is very helpful to those who intend to do a short animation to show a guideline or step by step of creating something to a group of audience without wasting so much energy.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

Here are the steps to achieve it:

Part 1: Creating Animation on Components to Form a Table Model
A. Creating Components and Groups of the Model
B. Adding Movements to Create the Animation
C. Adding Animation with Translation and Spin Movements
D. Saving the Animation Data
E. Grouping Multiple Movements into a Clip
F. Adding Animation with Translation and Screw Movements
G. Adding Animation to Table Stand Component
H. Adding Animation to Table Bottom Component
I. Adding Animation to Bracket and Screw(B) Components
J. Adding Animation to Table Group

Part 2: Positioning the Camera and Generating the Video
A. Adding Cameras
B. Generating a Video

Part 1: Creating Animation on Components to Form a Table Model
A. Creating Components and Groups of The Model
You will need to make the table parts into six components which you will then group them all into one group and place it in a layer named as MyTable
These are the six components that are required: • Table Top (1 unit)
• Table Bottom (1 unit)
• Table Stand (4 units)
• Screws for Table Stand (4 units)
• Brackets (4 units)
• Screws for table bracket (8 units)

1. Select an object, i.e. table top, right click and choose Make Component.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


2. At the Default Tray, click to expand the Components panel. Select the component you have just created, and name the component as Table Top.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


3. Select the next object, i.e. table bottom. Repeat step 1 and 2, and this time, name the component as Table Bottom.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


For this tutorial, in the sample file, we have “Make Components” for the following objects: • Table Stand (4 units)
• Screws for Table Stand (4 units)
• Brackets (4 units)
• Screws for table bracket (8 units)

Table Stand (4 units)

Select a table stand and Make Component. Name it as Table Stand. Use Duplicate to create the remaining 3 table stands.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


Screws for Table Stand (4 units)

You may download a screw from 3D Warehouse. Make it as a component and name it as Screw(S). Duplicate the Screw(S) component to create the remaining 3 screw components.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


Brackets (4 units) and Screws for table bracket (8 units)

You may download the parts from 3D Warehouse and renamed it as Bracket and Screw(B).

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

Once the two components are created, as before, duplicate the components to the numbers that you need.

4. Once the components are created, next is to group the related components into respective grouping. This will help in the animation creation in the later steps. You need to create the grouping by following the sequence as follows:

Screws for table bracket (8 units) SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


Screws for Table Stand (4 units) SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


All components SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


5. In the Layers panel, create a new layer with the name MyTable.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


6. Move all the compenents and groups into MyTable layer.

B. Adding Movements to Create Animation
You are advised to ensure that you’ve named all of the components and group the components that are related into respective groups before animation creation.
In order to create animation, you’ll need to switch from normal SketchUp mode to Animator mode.

1. In Fredo6_Animator toolbar, click Animator-Clip Editor tool. SketchUp is now switched to Animator mode.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


2. The Animator-Clip Editor toolbar is shown. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator
Note: Click Exit Tool if you want to exit from Animator mode and return to SkecthUp mode SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


3. Let’s start with creating the first animation clip on the table top. Click Insert Movement, then choose New Movement.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


4. The Animator-Clip Editor toolbar is now switched to Movement toolbar.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


5. Click Selection Mode to enable the selection mode. Click on the Table Top component to select it. A dropdown will be shown, showing the name of the component and under which group the component is placed. In the dropdown, select 0 - Table Top [1].

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

Notes:
• Select multiple components by holding CTRL key
• Unselect the components or groups by clicking at selected objects then chose unselect (red box) in the dropdown.
SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


6. You will create the first movement for this animation clip. On the Movement toolbar, choose Translation.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


7. Click on the drawing area to select the translation reference point. Next is to set the Direction and Offset of the Translation. You may drag the mouse following your preferred direction and offset. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


8. You also can set the exact Direction and Offset value of the Translation:
• On the Direction section, select the Z-Axis direction. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

• Click on Offset value box, the Offset (in model units) dialog box will appear. Enter a desire offset value, click OK. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


9. Click Play animation for the sequence to review the Translation that you have just created. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


Note: To reset the movement, click Modify Direction. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


10. Next, add another Translation for the same selection object. Click Save and add sequence.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


11. For this Translation, choose the Direction as X-Axis and Offset as 74.7cm.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


12. Then click Save and add sequence.

C. Adding Animation with Spin and Translation Movements

1. On the Movement toolbar, choose Spin.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


2. On the toolbar, untick the From Center option and select X-Axis.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

3. Click bottom right corner of the Table Top component to set it as the reference point of the object. Set the Rotation Axe as X-axis and the Angle to 90°. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

4. Click Save and add sequence.

5. Next, add another Translation for the same selection object. Click Translation.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


6. This Translation is not going to be along any axis, therefore, switch to N direction so that you can freely control the direction. Move the selection object to the origin located on the floor.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


7. Click Save the sequence and Exit. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


D. Saving the Animation Data

1. On the Animator toolbar, click Save

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

2. To edit any of the movements, on the Animation Clips, select the Movement that you want to edit. You can then click Edit the properties of the element or double click on the selected movement.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator


E. Grouping Multiple Movements into a Clip

1. To select multiple Movements, hold CTRL key while selecting the Movement. Click Group the Selected elements as a clip button. Then named the clip asc “Table Top”.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

2. To edit the clip, select the clip and click Edit or double click the clip.

. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

3. If you have done with the editing, click Up Level to return to the Animator toolbar.

SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

4. Well done! You have completed your first animation clip. Click at the Play the Clip animation to preview the animation clip. SketchUp Tutorial - Create Animation of Table Assembly Using Fredo6 Animator

Let's continue to the next step onward to complete creating the animation by clicking the blow link



Detailed steps of this tutorial is available upon request






By Farhah Azmal | LinkedIn

Cempaka Technology Sdn Bhd
Pusat Latihan Komputer Cempaka
~Your HRDC Premiere Training Provider~
Unit 6, Level 4, SetiaWalk Mall (Block K), SetiaWalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-80684461, Fax: 603-80684240
1-28, Jalan PM4, Plaza Mahkota, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia.
Tel: 606-2835955, Fax: 606-2845955