Drawing a cone

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Advanced tasks, such as drawing a cone or sphere, require experience with several SketchUp tools and features. You should be competent with the following tools and features before attempting to draw a cone:

  • The Circle tool
  • The Move tool
  • The Push/Pull tool
  • The Follow-Me tool
  • The Line tool
  • Inference

Drawing a cone by resizing a cylinder face

One common way to draw a cone is:

  1. Draw a circle on the ground plane at the origin. This circle will represent the base of the cone.
  2. Use the Push/Pull tool to create a cylinder at the height of your cone.
  3. Select the Move tool.
  4. Place the cursor at the edge of the top of the cylinder.
  5. Move the cursor around the edge until you find one of the cardinal points (a point that is aligned with the red or green axis). The edge of the circle will not highlight when the cursor is on a cardinal point. Cardinal points act as resize handles.
  6. Click the mouse button when the cursor is over a cardinal point on the edge of the top of the cylinder.
  7. Move the cursor toward the center of the cylinder. A cone begins to take shape.

Drawing a cone using the Follow-Me tool

One common way to draw a cone is:

  1. Draw a circle on the ground plane at the origin. This circle will represent the base of the cone.
  2. Use the Orbit tool to orbit so that your view is looking over the top of the circle (not directly down on the circle).
  3. Use the Line tool to draw a line up the blue axis from middle of the circle to the height of your cone.
  4. Use the Line tool to draw a line from the top of the previous line to the edge of the circle. This line will form the second line of a triangle.
  5. Use the Line tool to join the last line to the bottom of the first line, creating a solid triangular face.
  6. Select the edge of the circle on the ground plane. This is your path.
  7. Select the Follow-Me tool.
  8. Click on the solid triangular face. A cone is created.

  9. Note: The bottom face of the cone is eliminated when you use the Follow Me tool to create a cone. Draw a line from endpoint to endpoint of any segment along the circumference of the cone's base to recreate the bottom face.