And you, how do you use your Sweet Home 3D? Episode 24

UbuntuBirdy is a faithful contributor of the Sweet Home 3D forum, who helps people on several subjects and — guess what? — is a Ubuntu supporter (Ubuntu is an open source operating system).
Beside that, he develops a funny way of using Sweet Home 3D: designing boats! He regularly explains the different stages of his project in the thread Who would like to live in a houseboat? but we wanted to ask some more questions to which he kindly answered.


  Backdecker1500 model

– When you started to use Sweet Home 3D, was it for your houseboats project or did it happen afterwards?

Indeed it was for one of my boats. It’s a dream and hopefully I can realize it somewhen in the future. It was the time I did know how the boats should look like, I did know how long, how wide, how height it should be. But for planning the interior I had to visualize it. I tried a puristic solution with Excel, I tried a complicated solution with FreeCAD, but I noticed no one of this solution is what I’m looking for. So I clicked on the Firefox icon and started searching for a better software for this project. And guess what — I stumbled across Sweet Home 3D. This was by the end of 2016. And during the development of my dreamboat I learned to use Sweet Home 3D for my ideas and needs.

Meanwhile, I use Sweet Home 3D also for example to visualize rooms in my home if I want to buy new furniture (many furniture suppliers now offer OBJ files of their products for downloading). And also some real estate projects are in progress…

Outside and inside view of Cobo1215 model (4 people)

– What sort of software do you use to design the external shapes of the boats? Do you use Sweet Home 3D only for furnishing and decor? What is the whole process?

Almost all of the hulls of my boats and some superstructures are designed with FreeCAD. But they are only the outer shell of the boats. Where I have to create perpendicular walls or floors (rooms in Sweet Home 3D) I use the functions of Sweet Home 3D because this way I’m way more flexible for changing things and trying new ideas. And the whole process of furnishing and decor is done within Sweet Home 3D!

So when I have an idea for a new boat, I first open FreeCAD and I create the outer look of the boat including all the windows, doors, hatches and other openings in the outer shell of the boat. As soon as I’m satisfied with the result, I hollow out the whole boat. Then I split this shell into several parts (the hull, the different decks and the roof). All those parts I export to OBJ files and import them into Sweet Home 3D. Most of these parts get their own level in Sweet Home 3D so I can easily switch between the different decks. I now have to align the parts to each other and choose the right texture and/or the color. Then I paste all the windows (some of them I have to design with FreeCAD too), doors and other enclosures to seal the shell of the boat. If

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