27 February 2008

3D Challenge #030 - Standing clock

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:

Standing clock

This week we are going to model the mother of all clocks, the standing clock. You might remember that large clock in the livingroom from your grandparents that makes the house shake when it sounds. Although they might not fit in your hyper modern interior, they are very nice pieces of craftsmanship. Each clock is not only ment to be funcional, but it's also a piece of art for the livingroom or hall. For this challenge we prefer the nice details of the classic standing clocks, although we will allow every other design you can imagine. The only rule is that it has to be a clock that has to be placed on the floor. Jump in and show us the clock of your granny.

Good luck ALL!

3d Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 030

Due Date: Wed, Mar 5 (Challenge closed)

Click here to see the submitted models for this challenge.

A clear view on time engineering_byALX by DesignsbyALX

Congrats to ALL !!!!


  1. General notes:

    From this challenge and in the future, there will no obligation for a blog entry anymore. It is still allowed to post a link to your model or additional images, but it is not required anymore to submit a model to the challenges. The 3D Warehouse tag is still required though and should be added when uploading a model to the Warehouse.

    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.

    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. Dang! now i have to make a "Killer Clock"... you know i never make things original.

  3. Hey Everbody!
    My first entry was the 'digital G. Clock' but that was just a quick entry. My second entry is a Gold 'inlaid' Grandfather Clock
    I'm not sure if 'inlaid' is the right word but I think I read that somewhere :)
    And please give me many comments, Things that will make it better.
    I really appreciate them!


  4. About my Grandfather clock... I Hid most of the lines, but it seems to me that it doesn't accentuate the curves as much. I'm not sure, I'd like some advice.

    Thanks in Advance,


  5. @ team mod....

    I have reased a question on last challange.... still did not get any feedback,,,, but thank you for taking in consideration....

  6. Hello DALEXD

    The moderator team had previously decided to go to a 2 vote per modeler system prior to your posting the question in the last challenge. If you take a look at the new instructions for voting, you will see the changes.

    Thanks for the imput. It is always nice to receive and always taken under consideration.


  7. Freedom Artist - Some advice: Less smoothing. You have way too many edges smoothed. When you smooth edges in SketchUp, it modifies the way that shading happens on a surface. So even if you smooth a 90 degree edge, it will adjust the shading of each face to minimize the edge. Thus, you start to lose the definition of the shape.

    My advice is to either selectively un-smooth certain edges or an easy way is to select every edge, and smooth to a value of around 40-50 degrees. As you move the slider to can see which edges are getting smoothed. You want to have certain hard edges to define the boundaries of the certain parts of your model. With every edge smoothed, SU tries to blend everything together.

    I started selecetively smoothing on your model and got this. Of course, it helps to have a light source to furthur show the shape.

    Let me know if the images are working, I've had issues with the picasa web albums lately.

  8. Well, Here's my entry, So far the other entrys look good.
    Classic Clock

  9. hey freedom artist i got a few ways of keeping the models smooth but not to smooth. its a technique i use on my mechs. so click on everything you want to smooth and do the regular smooth to about 35 degrees about half the lines or so smoothed. than press that extra options button and than click the one saying smooth normals you should get a good result.

    and my model is the grandfather nature clock so everyone knows.
    btw the problem with multiple models for a contest is extra ratings some good model but two medium models or 4 bad models would all have chances. but i like the idea cause you can actualy use more than one idea for the challenge like now i have to make a robot clock killer.

  10. 12:46 Modern Grandpa Clock Here is my interpretation of a modern grandpa clock. Enjoy!

  11. I found some time to compete! ;)

    I call it "a clear view on time engineering" and it took me a lot of time! How ironic!


    And to j-m@n; what happened to second and third place models? Please return! I think a lot of people will settle for the honour of one of these places! I'd rather not, but i would!

  12. @designsbyALX

    The reason there was no second and third place models was due to a large ammount of models tied for those positions. This is due in part of people not voting and also some voting their own model(which is allowed but I would not do it).
    The voting system has been changed to allow 2 votes per modeler and hopefully this will give a clear second and third place finish.

    It is also up to each modeler to cast a vote besides just entering a model and selecting the next challenge. Voting is also part of participation in the challenge and all should try to pick what they feel is the best model.


  13. Elegant Grandfather Clock A more traditional grandfather clock with elegant lines.

  14. cuckoo clock

    @ mod team: for next challange i would suggest a contest theme: My Best Model, where everybody can post any model recent or not, which the modeler is considering the best in his colection.

  15. I completely agree with dalexd. i have a model that would be perfect that i made a while back ( lol all of you can say to yourselves its a mech (of course it is! ) ) anyways i think i gota have that time killer mech now.

  16. @DALEXD and Mr. Jumpman

    There are several reasons why this would not work, but I will give one now as an example.

    There are currently 91 votes for the next challenge. So, lets say 100-200 models get submitted. All someone that vists the blog has to do is add a tag to their model instead of making a new one. So, now who will type out the voting poll list? Who will sort through 100+ e-mails and tally the votes? I'm not sure the blog page will handle 100+ models listed in the sidebar.

    The reason for the warehouse voting, Via star system, was designed just for the purpouse you are looking for. If you see a nice model, rate it accordingly.

    There are Many other reasons why this would not work, but this was the first that came to mind.



    Wouldn't it be nice if every person who submits a model, takes the time to rate EVERY model!

    It's not so much work to do, i would appriciate it very much!

    Kind regards to you all!


  18. well for this challenge you could do it so that people vote on the blog. this should work because even if people did vote for there own cwapy model hed be going against a hundred or so other votes ( who would spend 4 hours voting there own model to win and not even win fairly? ) but although if its to much stress on the team then u dont have to

  19. @ ModTeam: I have to addmite that did not consider this before, and I understand your point. However the challange could give more choise to the modelers if instade of one object the theme will be like "object from my bedroom, or garage, or...etc" then we will have not only different styles but also different models.

    @ designsbyalx: i totaly agree with you

  20. Request to every challenger by DesignsbyALX;


    Please rate all posted challenge models ;) Tnx!

  21. This is my first submission to a SketchUp 3d challenge.

    See the model HERE

    I've also posted some extra screenshots on Picasa. See those HERE

    Comments Welcome!

  22. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=1ce45a951007b5948ead471f0d2cadc0

    i think thats it for 3d model

  23. Hello tankuse

    Please change the tag in the warehouse from
    3d challenge 030 standing clock to
    3d challenge 030, standing clock.
    Just add a comma to seperate the two tags. You should be able to find your model by clicking the link on the blog challenge description page (Located right above the red text). I sent this message via the warehouse but you have not changed it yet and not sure if you read the e-mail.

    You can make this change right in the warehouse using the edit function on your model.


  24. thank you bluesdog changed it