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Old April 29 2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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Tools Question

So I have this project ...

It's not Trek-related, but it's almost SF-related as it pertains to a 3D-printable rocket gun.

For what I'm doing, Sketchup seems to be an appropriate tool. Its learning curve (and expense) are less than higher-end CAD programs. Sketchup can produce the necessary files to feed a 3D printer.

I'm still learning the tool prior to attempting real work. For years I've watched y'all demonstrate mastery of such things. So I figured: why not ask here?

I'm doing some simple stuff at the moment. This is the project logo (ineptly) rendered. I'm obviously struggling a bit with the texture.



Yes, I'm painfully aware that this leaves almost everything to be desired. What can I say: I'm a n00b.

I think I get how textures are done in Sketchup, but I'm having some trouble finding JPEGs of textures that look "normal" when applied to the text face.

My Google-Fu seems to have failed me: searches such as 'metallic gold rivet' produces BDSM accessories ...

Specifically, I'm looking for something that looks like reflective metallic gold. Where do y'all go when you're in need of such things?

Thanks in advance, and if I get this thing designed any time soon, I'll post a rendered copy. Real or SF, a rocket gun is kind of cool.

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