You've seen Orthographic Plans displaying the TOP, FRONT and RIGHT views
Now it's time for you to draw your OWN plans using Google Sketchup - You'll be drawing in 2D

Plans are intended to MEANINGFULLY record and communicate all information required to build

Your plans will be evaluated using the following criteria
  • The proper inclusion of your Name, Project Title and the current Date
  • The three key ORTHOGRAPHIC views in alignment
  • The inclusion of RELEVANT and MEANINGFUL Dimensions
  • The legibility of your work, with fonts sized so that they can be easily read, and objects sized to fit the space on the 2D sheet of paper
  • The inclusion of a 3D ISOMETRIC view of the model

The plans should always display:
  • Views from the TOP, FRONT, and SIDE views.
  • LABELS for the Project NAME, AUTHOR and DATE should be clearly displayed at the bottom, all aligned to the left.
  • The addition of an ISO or "Isometric" model can be added to the top right corner. The ISO object is rotated and tilted so that the front, rightmost and topmost corners are "aimed" at the viewer - specific instructions are at the bottom of this webpage
Within the plans:* Objects in the three main views MUST ALIGN PERFECTLY and be scaled identically
  • Dimensions appear on the OUTSIDE of objects
  • The objects should be moved close to the origin of the page, and the page border should be scaled to make the objects fill the space
  • Key Dimensions
    • Should be labelled on at least one of the views (Not the isometric!)
    • Should NOT be duplicated unnecessarily
  • Dimension lines should NEVER crisscross
  • Dimensions should ALWAYS be easy to read - use WINDOW - MODEL INFO - DIMENSIONS to reduce the size to 8pt

Sketchup 2D plan Exercise

Create a complete plan (shown above) for the object you modelled in Exercise4
When complete, you should be able to save an IMAGE of the plan, or send it to the printer
  • VIEW from the TOP
    • Use VIEW | TOOLBARS | Large Tool Set
    • Enable VIEW | TOOLBARS | VIEWS
    • You should be looking at the TOP view
  • Turn OFF Camera Perspective
    • Use CAMERA | unclick "Perspective"
  1. TOP VIEW in the upper left (begin near the origin - the point where the axes intersect)
  2. FRONT VIEW in the lower left
  3. SIDE VIEW in the lower right
  • Download this template and open it up. COPY the template and paste it into your plans
  • Use the SCALE TOOL to resize the template to better fit your views
    (Hold CTRL as you scale to shrink toward the center of the object).
  • MOVE the objects to that they are ALIGNED properly within the template
  • Click the AXES tool
  • Click on the INTERSECTION of the two grid lines
  • Click the RED axis anywhere to the right on the horizontal line
  • Click the GREEN axis anywhere above along the vertical line
Need a Demonstration of this exercise? Here's a video demonstration

  • Keep your work CLOSE to the AXIS ORIGIN
  • Use ENTITY INFO to place DIMENSIONS where they are easily read
  • Put the LABELS for FRONT, TOP, SIDE and 3D in a GROUP
  • Adjust the objects (including the "FRONT, TOP..." labels) so they are where they should be AFTER hitting ZOOM EXTENTS

  • Use simple, sensible dimensions whenever possible
    For instance, don't design a picture frame that's 9 7/8" x 6 5/8" - Make it 10" x 7"


  1. Create a 3D model in another file
  2. Turn OFF the Perspective View, and choose the ISOMETRIC viewing angle
  3. ZOOM EXTENTS and EXPORT a 2D JPG of the model setting the OPTIONS to 800 pixel width
  4. Open your plans, and IMPORT the JPG
  5. PLACE the JPG in the top, right corner of your plans so it fill that frame - click the middle of the template, then the top right corner to size it appropriately


Specific Skill or Objective
Level 4 - Exemplary
Level 3 - Competent
Level 2 - Partially Proficient
Level 1 - Poor
All objects CLEARLY align between the three views
All objects GENERALLY align between the three views
SOME objects align between the three views
Objects do not align between the three main views
Feasibility / Completion
The plans illustrate all necessary components, clearly demonstrate innovative design, and include useful detail to help make the product
The plans illustrate all necessary components of a workable design
The plans illustrate some of the components, but omissions or flaws exist that would compromise the production
The plans illustrate components that are incomplete or infeasable
All dimensions are displayed exceptionally well - clear, neat and without redundancy
All necessary dimensions are generally displayed well.
Dimensions are displayed, but may be incomplete, redundant, or may require a change of font size or format to be read clearly.
Key dimensions are not displayed, or are illegible and would compromise the production of the project.
Fit and Format
The elements in the plans are sized exceptionally well - objects fit each view fully, but don't appear cramped, and the printout is sized perfectly for landscape display. The author's name is clearly printed along with the project descriptions
The elements in the plans are generally sized well and printed in landscape orientation. The author's name is clearly printed along with the project descriptions
The elements in the plans are generally legible, but the sizes could make better use of the page borders. The size or orientation of the printout could be improved by following the printout steps more carefully.
The elements in the plans are poorly sized, compromising their legiblility.