I'm curious: did you have to design and build that whole desk and each element in sketchup? or did you find elements like "studio desk" in some sort of 3D library?
Hi Alex. I'm not speaking for Beasone here, but for myself, and the answer is...it depends on how much detail you need to reasonably be sure that the finished product reflects your design goals. However, a designers viewpoint can be different than a DETAILER's viewpoint. The difference is a designer does NOT have to build what he envisions. He trust that he has provided enough information to the fabricator to ensure his vision will be reflected in reality. UNFORTUNATELY...depending on the complexity, he must also allow the fabricator to make judgement calls which ultimately may define a different reality in the end. That's why most fabrication houses must DETAIL the DESIGNERS vision for approval by the designer, as usually designer doesn't have a ****ing clue how to build what it is he is designing. in the case of Sketchup..it's very easy with this program to model practically anything that the mind can perceive. Building it is an animal of a different color though.
In your case, since you are the designer AND fabricator, that means that you can make fabrication decisions on the fly, as long as you know in your head how those decisions ultimately affect the end result. And if they adversely affect your design permanently, it is only you that you must answer to, vs a fabricator who must answer to a client.
So, to really answer your question, you are the only one who can decide the depth of detailing you need in a model, in order to build it the way you see it. In my case, I AM a professional detailer, and journeyman fabricator, and I use Sketchup extensively to detail every project I build. And to tell you the truth, I detail my models as if they are reality. This not only ensures I don't have to go through the "20/20 hindsight" syndrome that most amateur fabricators encounter, and my projects come out EXACTLY as envisioned. The problem most amateur fabricators encounter, is they don't understand that EVERY detail counts, from the depth of a machined rabit to the thickness of laminated plastic.
But again, this all has to do with the complexity of the project. Here is an example. It is very easy to design and build projects where you are using very few materials with standardized nominal dimensions, common hardware/finishes and the design is flexible enough to allow for mistakes that will not adversely affect the use of the product. However, when you start designing very complex assemblies, with many different materials, hardware, finishes etc..then it becomes imperitive to DETAIL the project with impunity.
Here is an example.
I'm still fabricating parts of an ongoing modification to my computer enclosure which resides on a metal framework under my console. This project required me to understand the relationships of the computer components, to better understand what it is I could modify, in order to render the computers completely silent. In order to do this, I actually had to redesign the defacto computer cooling scheme, as standard computer cases do NOT make the best TRANSMISSION LOSS starting points. This means I actually had to research the defacto computer component "STANDARDS", in order to accurately model them in 3D, in order to see what it was I could manipulate to even DESIGN the solution. And believe me, this was no easy task. Just identifying and finding the "standards" was a lesson in Corporate secrecy and working in .00001 tolerances..****. Thank god Sketchup works to 14 decimal points. Which is another subject all together.
Now, I've posted a few of these before, but just to illustrate the depth I had to go to just to find a solution..here is a few .jpg examples
Alex, bottom line is you are the only one who can decide the depth of your detailing. For me, Sketchup allows me to work in close tolerances and there is no limitations to what I need to model. The learning curve is another animal, but the more you use Sketchup, the more you learn.
did you find elements like "studio desk" in some sort of 3D library?
Oh absolutely. The Sketchup Warehouse...damn..I use it daily. Why reinvent the wheel when there are MILLIONS of items already modeled and stored for downloading directly into YOUR model. Everything from screws/nuts to complete cities. However, word of warning. There are literally thousands of people who have uploaded models without a CLUE to what the term "scale" means.
And you won't know till you insert their models into your own. Here is one I downloaded.l not bad either.
Well, enough ramble. Good luck with Sketchup.