• Arckit Flexi Workshop Lesson 2

Arckit Flexi Workshop Lesson 2

Lesson Two (Optional)

Learn how to design digital Arckit models using SketchUp CAD software

Note: the facilitator should have prior working knowledge of SketchUp for this lesson.

Experience Level



One hour


Lesson 02 introduction video
computer room, video playback facility, access to SketchUp software
optional: Notebooks and pencils, pre-built models
Kits: GoPlus / Arckit 90 for 1 person, Arckit 180 for 2 people, Arckit 360 for 3-4 people

Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to use SketchUp software alongside Arckit.
2. Discuss how CAD can be used to produce CAM outcomes.
3. Develop awareness of architectural design and planning.

Key Concepts

Digital Skills, problem solving, building methods

Time Activities
5 mins Introduction by the facilitator to SketchUp. Facilitator plays introduction video showing how Arckit components are used within SketchUp to create digital versions of Arckit models.
10 mins Progressing to CAM. Participants review the application of CAD to develop CAM outcomes, with a brief look at laser cutting and 3D printing. Review online Arckit Infiniti 3D component store and discuss the benefits of CAD/CAM in architectural modelling.
20 mins Practice CAD. Participants can use SketchUp to follow the on-screen tutorial and develop a simple model on screen. Headphones can be used to support independence and use the opportunity to personalize the pace of learning.
25 mins Technical drawing. Participants use SketchUp to design a finished digital model based on their ideas from Lesson 1.
Ext Participants can work through an additional SketchUp tutorial from the main software screen to further develop their own personal understanding and application of the software.

Further Reading
NZIAI: New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated - www.nzia.co.nz
RIBA: The Royal Institute of British Architects - www.architecture.com
RIAI: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland - www.riai.ie
AIA: The America Institute of Architects - www.aia.org
SketchUp CAD software - www.sketchup.com
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