19 December 2007

3D Challenge #020 - Windmill

Note: Please read the guidelines for participating in the challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to have fun and bring SketchUp users together and help each other learn and get better at using our favorite 3d modeling program. We will remove comments that are objectionable or offensive.

This week's challenge:


This week we are going to use the power of the wind by creating a windmill. Windmills exist all over the world in all kind of sizes, shapes and for many applications. During history, this force of nature has been used to pump water, grind grain, saw wood and to produce electricity in the modern windmill generations. As usual you are free to choose the design and application of your windmill. You can use one of the mentioned applications or create a new one yourself.

Good luck ALL!

3d Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 020

Due Date: Wed, Dec 26 (Challenge closed)

Click here to see the submitted models for this challenge.

Ormill - The Orthanc Windmill by Xayzer

2 nd Place
Wind Turbine by sir LOZ

3 rd Place
"Moara" Windmill by DALEXD

Honorable Mention
Old Mayans by DF Andy

Congrats to All !!!!!


  1. General notes:

    Remember to post a link to your model in the 3D Warehouse on the blog, so everybody knows you submitted it. You can use the hyperlink code creater on the frontpage of the blog to create the code for a hyperlink in your message. Copy this code and paste it in the comment box on the place where your want the hyperlink to be. More information about participating with the challenges and uploading models to the Warehouse can be found in the "3D Challenge participation manual" in the useful links section on the frontpage of the blog.

    Challenge suggestions are welcome to be placed on the blog. Items will be noted and compiled on the moderator’s list. At that point, the initial comment for the suggestion may be deleted so as to maintain a streamline challenge thread for use of posting entries for the challenge and comments to models. Challenge suggestions have always been welcomed and taken under consideration.

    Good luck with the challenge...

  2. Attention ALL

    1) The last challenge had 10 models missing from the blog. It IS part of the rules to post the model in the warehouse as well as on the blog. It is becoming very tiresome to track down the models and add a link especially when I have to create 10 of them. The rule will be “NO BLOG ENTRY – NO VOTING POLL LISTING”. There are repeat offenders to the rule and even with a note and private message sent via warehouse to post on the blog, this goes without action on your part. Newcomers to the blog will be given a period of time to adjust to the rules and blog navigation, and will be sent a message via warehouse to post (this will be per Moderator team discretion). So PLEASE post your model link on the blog.

    It is not just a challenge, but a community of people from around the world joining together to share ideas and concepts on using SketchUp and developing skills of achieving the same task in multiple ways.

    2) PLEASE don’t name your current models “Windmill” and leave it at that. Last challenge had multiple “maglev” entries (even though a posting was made asking not do as such), and you take the chance of having your vote being cast on another’s model. So, please try to be unique with naming.

    Bluesdog (Bob)
    Mod Team Member

  3. This is my first entry for the #020windmill challenge. Its also the first time that I've entered something here. I hope it works properly.
    Here we go...

    Mike's simple windmill

  4. Hello again J-m@n, Bluesdog!

    A quick modern windmill for the challenge.

    [url=http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=bbe450eb497b56c26395e4a90669dee5]Model link[/url]


  5. Mfirst entry in a while:

    My Windmill

    probably going to do some more work on it later today. Can i update the model on warehouse directly or do i have to just delete it and re-upload? also if i do that will i have to re-link to it here? So many questions!

    Crits and comments welcome


  6. Hello Tom

    No, you don't need to delete and re-upload to revise a model. Just use the share model like you did the first time you uploaded. All your previous info should be already filled out. If it is not, see the "3D Challenge participation manual" located in the helpful links section on the front page of the challenge blog (Upper right hand corner). The last 2 pages explain how to fix the problem. If you need further assistance, Please feel free to ask.

    Very nice looking model !!!


  7. Hey I think I just found out why my links didn't work! I didn't copy the last part of the URL because I didn't see it. Sorry for the two other posts that didn't work.

    So here's my new link(hope this works):
    Mike's simple windmill (second try)

  8. This is my second entry for this challenge. Its a 'Futuristic Windmill' , but with the classic design.

    Futuristic Windmill

  9. Hi all

    Here's my Darreius wind turbine
    Some might remeber a similar construction from Waterworld.

  10. I got a few suggestions for future challenges:
    Flying car
    solar powered car
    mobile phone
    lawn mower
    electric/tooth brush
    water craft/ ocean liner

  11. Tht does sound great Marian.

  12. I don't have much time for this challenge, so I'll keep it simple (again)...


    Warehouse link

  13. Well I had a really complicated machine in my head, but the holidays are here so I can't sped much time on it.

    so here is a silly machine, made to rock a rocking chair and power a reading lamp.


    if I had the time it would have had many more gears and gadgets, oh well.


  14. @ ♦ilikepie♦
    Please stop 'rating' my models if you want to talk to me; I think this is a better place to discuss things than the warehouse.
    About components: You didn't make any except the text. You simply made groups. Do you really want to pretend you made the stairs and the sphere? They are identical to SU-Components!
    And there's nothing like "component krap!"; components are a key feature of SU and it's quite important to use them properly. So it does matter.
    About cleanup: There are a lot of lines that are absolutely unecessary; and many things, e.g. the handrail an the tubes around the platform don't fit together at all.
    So there is no way for me to give you more than 2 stars.
    BTW: the weirdness of your Wind-Hill was the only thing I really liked except your penguin; the penguin is good, but you modelled it a month ago.

  15. For some time now a can't add models to some of my collections because they don'y appear on my list i thought it was maintanence but it has be about 2 weeks now and if i click on my collections they're all there.Does anyone have simillar problems and knows what is going on?

    PS none of my collections have reached 1000 models which i heard is the limit.

  16. Marian-
    I have the same problem so I made the same collection and put all my models in the collection like my first collection. It's called "Portfolio 2".

  17. I haven't posted a model for this challenge in a while! I thought I'd do something up for this challenge. I'm on vacation in Austrlalia, so I had some time!

    My Windmill

  18. My entry for the challenge.
    Windmill & water tower diorama
    Work is still in progress but I hope I will finish it in time.
    I have to finish the water tower and add some details.

    Image Gallery

  19. My model is finished. Links in my previous post are still active.
    Take a look to the gallery to discover model details.

  20. Hey everyone.

    I just posted my windmill for this challenge in the 3D Warehouse.

    Deserted Windmill

    Here's an image as well:


    I'm very pleased with the result. Hope you like it as well.

  21. Howdy All, Here is my "Wind Mill". I had fun with this one. It has inspired me to write a satire. Which will appear on my Blog once I get it finished.
    The Sage of Bla
    Enjoy Don
    Also Happy Winter time

  22. Woohoo! I'm done. Would like to have added the wind vane, but ran into many technical difficulties as I could not find a good picture of the top-back of this style of windmill and had to make up the mechanisms.

    Here is the link to the warehouse:http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=c039cd1c30c4fe6418588afc80a4d0c5

  23. Chesterton Windmill
    The Chesterton Windmill stands at the top of Windmill Hill Lane in Warwickshire, England. It was built in 1632.

    I've modeled it pretty much as it stands today. The arms are in place, but there are no sails.

    Chesterton Windmill Sketchup Model
    Front View
    Back View

  24. Chesterton Windmill Renders

    Here are some renders I ran in Kerkythea. See the previous comment for a link to the model.

    Front View

    Top View


  25. I almost forgot to place a message. I did’nt know until Sunday 23 dec I was joining the challenge, then it appeared that my model showing the necessary problems in google give earth (solved fortunately). I will see what comes . However, I can use the model nicely for my collectie mills which I will make

  26. Sorry for de message above, I forgot to mention my name. and here is also a link to my model.
    Windmill "Woldzigt"

  27. Bill Bre
    San Fran Wind Mill Power supply

  28. The following models were found in the warehouse with correct tags and within the challenge dates BUT without blog entries. They will be added now FOR THE LAST TIME:

    Old Mayans by DF Andy

    Wind Turbine by sir LOZ

    My Personal Windmill by cute

    Mt Entry by unlimitedguy

    Windmill by cowkillaz

    Dutch Windmill by biggoddy

    Windmill by runescape ADDICT

    Windmill by Griffin

    Garden Windmill by Crazy Eyes

    The Wind-Hill by ilikepie

    Generic Windmill by SketchUp Guy

    "Moara" Windmill by DALEXD

    Wind Turbine by 3dwarehouse


    Only reason they are being added this week is there are a few newcomers to the challenge and I did not get time to send a message Via warehouse to tell them to post. The repeat offenders already know the rules and will not be included in the voting without a blog entry.