SketchUp is 3D modeling software for professionals. SketchUp is easy and intuitive, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. Using 3D models, designers can make more informed decisions, communicate project details, and share ideas with colleagues and customers to reach a common goal.
This sketchup speed modeling video tutorial is
presented by Justin Geis. By watching this sketchup tutorial, one can learn how
to create the design of a traditional house in sketchup. The entire tutorial is
completed with sketchup make 2017.
With sketchup, it becomes easier to any
unanticipated spatial conflicts in the design and virtually remove any
construction problems before you are in the field.
Besides, Sketchup can be applied to generate
either schematic or full construction documents efficiently.
Eneroth3 has developed Eneroth Copy Between Components for
skethup. This skethchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp
2016, SketchUp 2017.
The role of this extension is to copy entities from one
component and paste it in the equivalent position of other components
corresponding to their internal axes.
The plugin is best suited for functioning with different
types of identical component definitions which allot much content, for example,
apartment modules that marginally fluctuate in dimensions or how they adjoin
To activate it, go to
Extensions > Eneroth Copy Between Components.
Given below, an extensive lists of sketchup plugins
which can be used to simplify the process for generating amazingly complicated
forms as well as save significant time for architects.
Sketchy FFD: CPhillips develops
Sketchy FFD. It includes a “control cage” to an object that facilitates the
users to produce complicated curved and forms out of gridded surfaces. It
enhances the chance for generating domes, arches or free-flowing organic shapes
built up from “weaved” elements or mesh.
Watch the demo (www.youtube.com). To
download it, click here (www.sketchucation.com).
Memory Copy: Adam Billyard is the
developer of this plugin. It facilitates the users to copy geometry, along with
transformations like the resizing or rotation of stated geometry. It can
“remember” your last move and replicate it. This provides a pushover to build
up a sweeping staircase or an accurate stack of Jenga blocks! To download the
plugin, click on the following link. (www.sketchucation.com)
JHS Power Bar: CadFather (Max
Coppoletta) has developed this plugin. The plugin is very useful to produce an
array along a path. A series of components are instantly set in a predefined
placement. Watch following video tutorial to learn about it’s functionality (www.youtube.com). To
download the plugin, click here (www.sketchucation.com)
Follow Me and Rotate: Wikii is the
developer of this plugin. It can be applied to generate detailed rope, twine
and decorative balusters, which integrates the customary “Follow Me” tool with
a rotating action to create twisting geometry. Watch the full demo (www.youtube.com), and
download the add-on (www.sketchucation.com).
Multiple Offsets: Sam D Mitch has
created this add-on to offset various faces of an object simultaneously that
facilitates to produce complex, trunked forms similar to the sphere. You can
download the plugin from here :www.sketchucation.com
Helix Along Curve: Helix Along Curve
can be utilized to develop helix tubing along a predefined path. If it is
amalgamated with Bezier Spline and Component Stringer add-ons, it is possible
to model a correct chain with individual links. To watch a demo, click here (www.youtube.com). Download
the Helix Along Curve plugin from here (www.sketchucation.com)
Edge Tools²: Thomas Thomassen has
developed this useful palette of edge-related tools to save huge time in
different ways for simplifying imported DWG site plans quickly as well as
divide a face into numerous planes. Besides, the plugin can easily highlight
all the flaws so that it becomes possible to clean up your model immediately.
Click here, to download the plugin (www.extensions.sketchup.com).
Section Cut Face: This plugin can be
used to include a face to your section plane easily. The face can be rectified
rapidly and modified its color for the purpose of demonstration. The plugin can
also be arranged to update automatically while editing your model. To download the
plugin, click here (www.sketchucation.com).
To get the lists of more plugin, go through the
Egypt Sketchup Community presents a sketchup tutorial video that shows how to create the model of Majdoul Tower by applying sketchup plugins like Grow and Curviloft.Grow is the ideal plugin for creating a spiral staircase.Curviloft is specifically designed for loft and skinning. The plugin can be used to generate surfaces out of contours.To get more details, watch the following video tutorial.
This sketchup video is very useful for sketchup users. The video provides detailed guidelines on how to use Fredoscale in sketchup and change the shape of any model in different styles.
FredoScale facilitates the users to adjust the selection box around a set of objects and collaboratively employ a number of geometric transformations like Scaling, Tapering, Stretching, Plane Shear, Twisting, Bending and Rotation. By extension, some transformations are possible devoid of a selection box. This sketchup extension works with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016. Some tools in FredoScale may create bugsplats with SU2017, specifically Radial Bend. To get more information, visit sketchucation.com
This is another useful presentation on a sketchup
extension from Justin Geis. In this sketchup tutorial one will be familiar with
slicer for sketchup. This is a free sketchup extension developed by TIG. This
sketchup extension facilitates the users to slice any solid object into
different pieces. The users can obtain slices of their SketchUp model to
develop a real life model. These slices can be exported as a CNC router.
The Plugin creates slices out of a
specified 3D model and the users will be able to select the required axis to be
applied for the slices to be generated.
The plugin can extent the slices on the ground plane
to arrange a Top view and Export to AutoCad.
To apply the plugin, opt for a group or component, go
to Plugins --> Slicer and then use the dialog box to organize how the slices
will be produced.
In order to activate this plugin, the
Mac users have to install this font fromsketchucation.com
This is an exclusive sketchup video tutorial that briefly demonstrates how to use sketchup to draft and design the front exterior view of a 3 storied modern villa from the elevation level. After that, learn how to render the scene with Lumion renderer. Lumion is a powerful rendering software that can produce stunning rendering of the images in a matter of a second. The most updated version is Lumion 7 and it contains some exciting features like wrap surfaces with ivy, include weathering or transparency, include area lights or light strips as well as convert any model into naturalistic foliation. With the addition of the new area light and light strip options, it becomes possible to enrich both interiors and exteriors with lights which pass away from the simple spotlight. In a matter of a second, one can toss in some cove lighting, include intensity to a room with the elusive lighting of a surface, or simulate daylight shining via a window. To download the sketchup model, autocad plan and Lumion software at free of cost, click on the following link. www.sam-architect.com
Chaos Group presents this exclusive video tutorial for v-ray users. The video sheds light on the fundamentals of lighting an interior scene by applying v-ray in sketchup. Here, in this video, different types of v-ray lights (IES, spotlight, rectangular, emissive etc.) are used for both day and night renders. By watching the video, one can gather knowledge on the general lighting workflow for interiors in sketchup. To obtain more information, click on the following link docs.chaosgroup.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Published By Arka Roy www.sketchup4architect.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Whaat develops SketchUV for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. UV mapping refers to the method of placing a texture on a surface. UVs denote the names which are assigned to the texture coordinate space. U is the horizontal axis, and V is the vertical axis of the image. Now it becomes easier to generate good UV maps concerning any type of geometry just with the use of the tools comprised with this plugin.
The plugin contains the following exclusive features :-
• Planar, Cylindrical, and Spherical UV projections at any orientation
• Box mapping
• Tube mapping - ideal for objects produced with follow-me
• Quad face mapping
• Move, rotate, and scale UVs
• Triangulate geometry and eliminate distorted textures
• Save UVs and Load UVs - modify materials and maintain UVs
• Export and Import UVs by applying third party UV mapping software
In this lesson we talked about the plugin called raytracer which is useful for distribution. In this sketchup video tutorial, demonstration is given on the sketchup plugin raytracer. Raytracer is the collection of small snippet which are used to trace rays around the model specifically remove the ground surface. Raytracer is compatible with sketchup 6 to sketchup 2017. Given below, some useful functions of the plugin :- Drop CPoints Drops the chosen constructions points down onto the surface underneath. Drop CPoints (Trace) Includes a construction point on the surface underneath the chosen construction point and adds a construction line among them. Drop Components Drops the adopted groups/components down onto the surface underneath with their axis origin. Drop Components by Bounds Drops the adopted groups/components down onto the surface underneath by the corners of the bounding box' bottom.
Justein Geis, the renowned sketchup trainer, shows some useful tricks to generate a model out of any photo by applying in-built photo matching tool in sketchup.
This is one of the exclusive features of sketchup. By learning just one measurement, it is possible to generate a whole model.
Photo matching facilitates a modeler to model out of a photograph after importing it. The 3d perspective is matched from the photograph and thus the users get the ability to model over the image and get it to visually appear the same. From there, the modeler will be able to rotate around and model accordingly.
Process for Importing a Match Photo
While importing a match photo, just go to… Camera>Match New Photo...
On the other hand, you can go to.. File>Import, choose your photo and turn on the Use as New Match Photo option.
Process for modifying the Perspective Lines.
Once the photo is imported, it is necessary to fix your perspective lines. Your red lines will match lines on one face of your 3d object, and your green lines will match lines on another face. With the help of mouse button, zoom in and out to verify your lines are as precise as possible.
As soon as your lines are fixed, shift your origin point to a discernible place that is adjacent to you in the photograph. It will be the place from where the modeling will be started.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Published By Rajib Dey www.sketchup4architect.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Justein Geis, the renowned sketchup trainer, has provided some useful sketchup tips on how to use Radial Bend Tool available in FredoScale for producing a bent basketweave shape.FredoScale is a useful plugin for sketchup that can be used to adjust the selection box around a set of objects and interactively assign various geometric transformations, like Scaling, Tapering, Stretching, Plane Shear, Twisting, Bending and Rotation. By extension, some transformation is accomplished devoid of a selection box.The plugin comprises of set of tools which facilitate the users to scale, taper, shear on a plane, stretch, twist, radial bend and rotate in various ways.The “Stretching with Orientation to Scaling Box is a very useful tool among the toolset that can be used to scale an object devoid of entirely scaling aspects of the object like trims or general objects. Another handy tool is the “Radial Bending by Selection of Plane and Angle” that can be used to curve objects in definite angles.
Sketchup is very useful for 3d modeling but it is evolved significantly in times to become an indispensible software for rending and visualization industry.Given below, the details of some best rendering software and plugins for sketchup.1) VRAY: VRAY is an easy to use plugin that supports sketchup. Vray can produce stunning photo-realistic renderings out of SketchUp, VRAY. Inside vray, there is a material editor as well as other useful tools which can be applied to generate pro quality images and animations.VRAY can operate in SketchUp at free of cost with some powerful options and setting. Vray can transform your 3D visualization process to the next level.2) JointPushPull: JointPushPull refers to a useful modeling plugin that includes 6 particular tools for transforming your model perfectly digital. The tools range from joint, round, vector, normal, extrude, and follow. If you have apply these tools in a perfect manner, they will reduce your modeling time significantly.3) CurviLoft: CurviLoft is a useful sketchup plugin can be used for developing curvilinear models. There are 3 tools inside CurviLoft like loft by spline, loft along path, and skinning. In fact, the tool has the similar functionality as the ‘follow me’ tool instead of a simple extrusion along a path feature. With this features, CurviLoft can associate two diverse shapes along a path. The plugin is best suitable for organic modeling.4) Podium: Podium is the best substitute for vray that is compatible with sketchup. With this powerful rendering and animation software for sketchup, it is possible to generate beautiful and photorealistic rendering of your sketchup model.5) Purge All: Purge All is a user-friendly and indispensible plugin that can maintain your model clean and organized in SketchUp by purging leftover Components, Layers, Materials and Styles. There exist an optional closing Report that provides numbers, or a Log file cataloging the names of the purged items This plugin is more powerful and accurate as compared to SketchUp’s default purging tools.6) Twilight Render: It belongs to free rendering plugin that will provide you clean and correct image output and a good library of materials. It can easily convert any sketchup scene into photo-realistic images. Twilight Render is ideal for materials creation, lighting, environment, post-production, animation, and batch rendering. There are wide range of photo-realistic render settings like ray tracing, photon mapping, path tracing, bi-directional path tracing, metropolis light transport, clay/depth/alpha mask and more. It is free to use and compatible with sketchup.7) Mirror: Frank Wiesner developed mirror first and then it was modified by TIG in version 3.1. Sketchup Mirror Plugins is utilized to copy or replicate objects like mirror view. In order to use it, just choose object to be mirrored, opt for surface, line, plane for which mirror should be applied for and pick 1/2/3 points to define them and then activate the plugin. Mirror can be accessed via toolbar menu, plugin menu and context menu.8) Brighter3D: Brighter3D is the most recognized rendering engine that is supported with unique noiseless rendering technology. It can be efficiently applied with SketchUp. It offers a user-friendly interface with a simplified toolset with adequate rendering capabilities. It provides support for artificial, daylight and HDRI lighting. Brighter is incorporated with sketchup seamlessly and there is a sharp preview tool to provide you a perfect sample image instantly. It applies unbiased rendering technology to create lightning fast results.Article Source : https://www.easyrender.com
Yet another helpful sketchup extension has been released which is designed with a view to provide help for component importing and arrangement within shipping container interiors and other spaces, is called Containerhouse.AI.
Extension Details: Release Date: March 7, 2017 Size: 22.53 MB Version: Containerhouse.AI (1.0.0) Price: $21.99 Trial Period: 10 days
SketchUp Compatibility: SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 OS Compatibility: Mac OS X, Windows Languages: English
Containerhouse.AI™ 1.0 makes use of unsystematic placements and spins to present embryonic layouts for container and other floor plans.
This exclusive product provides excellent service in designing and selling tailor-made ISO containers. This product enables customers to produce more and more potential layouts.
In comparison with this product an application that comes is Cargo packing. Users can find out if a collection of boxes and crates for containerization by the help of selecting ‘random floor height ‘option. With the help of this product number of containers packing can be diminished.
Interior designers add value to this extension by using Containerhouse.AI™ to enliven ideas and conversations with clients. A human designer is less competent in evaluating the number of floor plans in comparison with the speed of computing that can be completed in the twinkling of an eye.
A number of 3D ISO 20ft and 40ft container models has been added as an additional bonus with this extension. This extension is very useful for project. Containerhouse.AI™ 2.0 is under development and very soon it will be launched.
This article is extracted from an exclusive sketchup article written by Michael LaValley, a renowned architect. The article focuses on some useful tips for making your model rendering process superior.
Sketchup is basically a model maker not a perfect software for rendering. Natively, SketchUp doesn’t “render” the images out of your model. Relatively, it acquires what seem to be effectively “screenshots” of your model and then exports them with very restricted control over what you’ll achieve.
To find solution for the issue, one can choose three basic levels of intervention like full separation, partial integration or full integration.
1: Full Separation - The most convenient method to enhance your model as well as your output rendering, is to completely export the model to another program. This efficiently facilitates you to cut knots from SketchUp as soon as the most part of your model is developed there with the purpose of controlling the horsepower of another program’s rendering platform.
But the process is complicated to handle the model as it needs the most substantial level of completion before the transition.
When you are quite assured that the design is finished, you are ready to export the whole model to another rendering software. You then pass another week doing yourself each setting, developing the model further with the application of tools which are inherent to the new program. You are planning to illustrate the new rendering to the client perfectly. But the client may require you to go back and modify approximately 40 percent of the model.
It becomes problematic to bounce to and from as you have already started to model various other pieces in the newer program. You can either cut your loses, give up the newer model fully and develop from the last duplication of the SketchUp model you had with the aim of making the alterations.
It happens because SketchUp performs best with geometry generated inherently in the program itself.
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