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Valley_of_Screams
02-03-2013, 09:59 AM
Hello,

I've had a MASSIVE response from people interested in learning more about using Google Sketchup software to create a virtual layout of their attractions. This prompted me to create an online resource for said users. I give you: http://www.hauntdesignkit.com

This is 100% free. It's free to download and use any of the collections and information on the site. There are several "collections" to choose from:

-The Starter Kit: All the wall panels you'll need to get you started in Google Sketchup
-55 Gallon Drum Kit
-Wooden Rope Bridges Kit
-Modern and Toe-Pincher Style coffins kit
...and many more, with more on the way.


Like I said, if you're creating your attraction in Google Sketchup or AutoCAD software, THIS IS YOUR RESOURCE!

http://www.hauntdesignkit.com

Thanks.

-Tyler


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freak 'n' stein
02-03-2013, 12:00 PM
You're awesome Tyler. I'm not sure if you were the one who posted the sketchup wall panels a while back, but I used them religiously. I was JUST thinking the other day how I wished there were PROPS I could use in the design. GREAT GREAT GREAT!

Capt.Chaos
02-03-2013, 04:02 PM
I started using Sketchup this year. I am just starting to finish up my layout for this season. I am so excited to get to my office tomorrow to check this out. This is better then a Super Bowl keg stand in a vat of nacho cheese. Thanks!

Buck

Twiztedfaces
02-03-2013, 06:53 PM
I started using Sketchup this year. I am just starting to finish up my layout for this season. I am so excited to get to my office tomorrow to check this out. This is better then a Super Bowl keg stand in a vat of nacho cheese. Thanks!

Buck


hahahaha thats a good one

hauntedjack
02-04-2013, 12:28 AM
Tyler,

Will you be at the convention this year? I would love to sit and chat a bit.

Valley_of_Screams
02-04-2013, 03:16 PM
I will, but only for a day or two! You can always email me at nightgoretb@gmail.com

Also, a little update about the Haunt Design Kit...I've created a Facebook page for the website here: http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit

...I'm still working on several more updates and creating new features of the website. You all haven't seen anything yet! ;)

-Tyler

bonehead
02-04-2013, 07:37 PM
Great work

BrotherMysterio
02-05-2013, 04:59 AM
Hello,

I've had a MASSIVE response from people interested in learning more about using Google Sketchup software to create a virtual layout of their attractions. This prompted me to create an online resource for said users. I give you: http://www.hauntdesignkit.com

This is 100% free. It's free to download and use any of the collections and information on the site.

You are a gentleman and a scholar. You're wonderful contribution is most appreciated.


This is better then a Super Bowl keg stand in a vat of nacho cheese.

Word.

C.

drfrightner
02-05-2013, 05:05 AM
Love to have you write an article about sketch book for the magazine... let me know. Thanks Larry

Valley_of_Screams
02-05-2013, 09:20 AM
Larry,

Would love to.


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Just a quick update...

In a few weeks we'll be updating the site a kit, it will be a MAJOR update. One of the things we're working on are "Vendor Collections". This will be downloadable kits of popular products from various haunt vendors. Everything was made in actual size and should fit right into your Sketchup haunt designs just like they would in real life. So be sure to go and like our Facebook page to stay current on the sites updates: http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit

Thanks all!

-Tyler

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screamforadream
02-05-2013, 09:29 AM
Way cool Tyler! If you'd like any thing from us just message me on FB


Quick note- it is NOT necessary but it REALLY makes things MUCH easier, go pick up a 3D mouse for this program, it makes things so much easier! A little tricky to get the hang of, but once you got it, it will increase your productivity and abilities tenfold! :)

And while you're using sketch up to create your haunt, another neat tip is to create (or use a model) of an average person! You can create an individual, and have him or her (IT for all I care lol) actually go through your haunt virtually, which Will help you identify where any problems may be, that you wouldn't be able to see if you didn't make this virtual patron go through your haunt. And it also helps you put your rooms into perspective, just a thought. :)

Evernight
02-05-2013, 09:42 AM
Last year we used Sketchup to design our new side attraction - I recently grabbed the design kit and I love it, and the fact that your doing this for free right now is beyond awesome. It's great to be able to show people what I have in mind and have them understand instead of pointing to it on a piece of graph paper and explaining it.

Valley_of_Screams
02-06-2013, 06:39 PM
We've updated the website with a new downloadable collection...SLAT WALLS! Get your copy over at http://www.hauntdesignkit.com

Also, like us on Facebook for current updates and news. http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit

-Tyler


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drfrightner
02-07-2013, 02:00 PM
Amazing job! This will really be a great thing for haunt owners. Love for you to write an article about it. Kudos!

Larry

Twin Locusts
02-09-2013, 08:44 AM
Tyler, First, great job creating these components and offering them in such a user friendly way!!

have you considered revising the structural elements built from dimensional lumber to reflect actual lumber? For pre-visualization purposes the current structures certainly work, however, the dimensions don't exist in the real world. Panels, for instance, are constructed with lumber [in drawing] that is 2.0" by 4.0", the nominal dimension. The actual dimension when working with this lumber is 1.5" by 3.5".

To the casual user this would be of no matter; however, if drafting more complex structures with these pre-drawn elements the drawing would be significantly off. The real issue is that the 'half inch' error can, through addition, quickly become an error of 'feet' when placing multiple components along any linear axis.

Having stated that, great job creating a user tool. I regularly do remote support with clients so that they may interact with the drawings I provide them. The SketchUp interface is counter intuitive to most new users when they want to spin an object or move it along a given axis. You've likely experienced this if you've sent drawings to someone that has newly uploaded SketchUp; they have two left hands for quite a while. If you'd like any help making the uptake curve less steep for new users let me know. The best route is likely a few screen shot videos on how to manipulate the tools.

Allen may have some videos already, I know he is proficient with SketchUp. Thanks for helping people make use of this great tool!!

freak 'n' stein
02-09-2013, 11:44 AM
Tyler, First, great job creating these components and offering them in such a user friendly way!!

have you considered revising the structural elements built from dimensional lumber to reflect actual lumber? For pre-visualization purposes the current structures certainly work, however, the dimensions don't exist in the real world. Panels, for instance, are constructed with lumber [in drawing] that is 2.0" by 4.0", the nominal dimension. The actual dimension when working with this lumber is 1.5" by 3.5".

To the casual user this would be of no matter; however, if drafting more complex structures with these pre-drawn elements the drawing would be significantly off. The real issue is that the 'half inch' error can, through addition, quickly become an error of 'feet' when placing multiple components along any linear axis.

Having stated that, great job creating a user tool. I regularly do remote support with clients so that they may interact with the drawings I provide them. The SketchUp interface is counter intuitive to most new users when they want to spin an object or move it along a given axis. You've likely experienced this if you've sent drawings to someone that has newly uploaded SketchUp; they have two left hands for quite a while. If you'd like any help making the uptake curve less steep for new users let me know. The best route is likely a few screen shot videos on how to manipulate the tools.

Allen may have some videos already, I know he is proficient with SketchUp. Thanks for helping people make use of this great tool!!

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Valley_of_Screams
02-10-2013, 10:25 AM
Haunt Design Kit.com has recently teamed up with Cutting Edge Scenic Design to create a 3D layout of Transworld's Interactive Haunted House! Take a look at the floorplan.

As always, find the latest updates and free downloads over at http://www.hauntdesignkit.com and please like our Facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit

Thanks!

-Tyler


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Valley_of_Screams
02-14-2013, 09:09 AM
UPDATE: We've uploaded our "Chain Link Panels" to our download page at http://www.hauntdesignkit.com

Don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit

Enjoy!

-Tyler

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zombietoxin
02-14-2013, 02:47 PM
REDONKOULOUS!

My vote for the fictitious, but soon to not be fictitious (hopefully), Haunt Awards Show in the Most Innovative New Technology category goes to you, good sir.

Well done! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

Valley_of_Screams
02-18-2013, 04:13 PM
Thanks for the comments guys, it's much appreciated.

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UPDATE: Now available...downloadable project files of finished and semi-finished mock attractions. Download your copy FREE at:

http://www.hauntdesignkit.com/#!project-files/c1awo


Also, be sure to LIKE and SHARE our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit


Thanks!

-Tyler

Valley_of_Screams
03-04-2013, 03:58 PM
UPDATE: We're currently fixing the SketchUp collections (mainly the wall panels) to reflect "real world" measurements.

As we all now, a 2x4 is NOT actually 2" by 4"...it's really 1.5" by 3.5". Now, the 'HAUNT STARTER KIT' download reflects this. That is available NOW over at:

http://www.hauntdesignkit.com

We'll continue to fix the files in order to reflect real world measurements to get your designs even more accurate to real life.

Don't forget, like us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit


Thanks.

-Tyler

Hauntguy311
03-05-2013, 09:33 AM
Thats cool. Is this google software free? I would love to use this to help design my haunt. If anything it looks cool just to build haunts for fun out of boredom lol

Valley_of_Screams
03-05-2013, 01:46 PM
Yes. Google SketchUp is a free software you can download. Only the "pro" version cost money, but you'll only need to free one to design your haunts.

-Tyler

Valley_of_Screams
03-05-2013, 01:47 PM
Here's where you can download it:


http://www.sketchup.com/

Valley_of_Screams
03-20-2013, 08:27 AM
Ok, this is big.

Take a look at a teaser of a new project we're working on over at Haunt Design Kit. Here it is:


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All I wanted to share for now. Find more info about HDK over at http://www.hauntdesignkit.com

...and don't forget to like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HauntDesignKit


Thanks!

-Tyler

Michael Inks
03-20-2013, 09:48 AM
What a fantastic resource. And free? I'd like to say that I'm surprised, but that's one of the things we love about this twisted end of the entertainment business. Cooperation and generosity of others. Incredible job Tyler. Kudos.

Valley_of_Screams
03-20-2013, 04:17 PM
Thank you Michael for such kind words! We truly appreciate it!

-Tyler