Saturday, December 15, 2018

OpenCutList – The newest sketchup plugin added to the extension warehouse

OpenCutList is an useful sketchup plugin that is newly added to extension warehouse group. It can be used to automatically create the cut lists and cutting diagrams for any woodworking projects.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This extension opts for the current selection or the complete scene when there is no selection and generates a list of parts containing quantities and sizes. The extension arranges the parts by material attributes with several sorting options.

The cut list can efficiently deal with Solid Woods, Sheet Goods and Dimensionals.

It is possible to directly print the "cut list" from the part list dialog or export it as a CSV file.

Cutting Diagrams are produced from Sheet Goods parts.

The development of this extension is connected with the Community Driven sharing platform project : L'Air du Bois. This extension is Open Source and accessible under GNU GPLv3 license on GitHub.

Caution : Update from the Extension Manager dialog in Sketchup do not work for 1.4.0. You need to uninstall the older version first.

New from 1.5.0 :
Cutting Diagrams for parts with material of type Sheet good.
New from 1.4.0 :
New material type : Dimensional
Highlight a part in the model directly from part list.
New from 1.3.0 :
Extension now supports resized components instances. It performs in a superior manner with Dynamic Components.


The extension is available in extension warehouse.

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

OpenCutList – The newest sketchup plugin added to the extension warehouse

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Friday, December 14, 2018

"Random Component placement in SketchUp with Compo Sprayr ”

SketchUp Plugins are very much helpful and useful in creating models; the new Compo Spray has lots of options which make the placing of components in a model easier.

Introduction of Justin Geis: Justin Geis is the founder of The SketchUp Essentials and he has started to use SketchUp as a part of his daily works as a general contractor in 2008. Since then he is a proud SketchUp user as he has realized very quickly about the power of SketchUp in various works and started to use it for his personal projects also. The idea of starting the SketchUp Essentials is like making a place to share some easy to follow SketchUp tips and tricks and tutorials which will help the users to control the power of 3D Modeling in their lives.

Justin Geis has blogged about different SketchUp tips and tutorials, in this article we will discuss about his another tutorials through a video, how to use Compo Spray. Compo Spray is a SketchUp extension which is designed to help people randomly to place components with the SketchUp model and here are some details about using it.


Plugin Name: Compo Spray
Didier Bur: Tool cost is free
Download place: the SketchUp extension warehouse: https://sketchucation.com/pluginstore?pln=compoSpray
Functions of tool: This extension is mainly designed to help users in adding the components faster in the models such as trees, rocks etc. besides this, it help to randomly spread these objects. This extension will allow users in many ways to aimlessly spread components on faces within SketchUp; in the menu the first option works most though there is other option like perpendicular which is not working recently. The plugin allows the users to select up to 8 components at once with the help of dropdowns, after that they will be automatically placed on a selected face. There is a very helpful thing which is a documentation file that gets installed in the plugin installation folder with some instructions for the users. Here are some tips to work with this plugin after starting it:

  • Users can select a same component many times again and again after selecting components; it is useful as while working with a component multiple times in a model, users can select it as many times as they want.
  • They will get two kinds of spray options as per the face is selected or not while starting the tool and after selecting a face, one will get the option to place objects based on the corners and faces. But if any face is not selected, then users can get a series of options for point, line, triangle etc.
  • These options like point, line, triangle and other shape options allow the users to set a routine location for users component spray depended on a location you dictate. These components can be used to place objects on terrain and other faces that are not actually flat.
  • Whenever the users have selected either a face or a series of faces, they can spread objects aimlessly across the faces by selecting “Selected faces,” or with the vertices of the geometry using “Vertices of faces.”
  • The pressure percentage is for adjusting the numbers of the created objects.
  • Users can also command the layer that the components are made on.
  • The altitude setting allows to fix components between various heights into the model.
  • Slope option allows to only place objects on face that are at a selected slope.
  • Scale option allows the users to displace the sizes of the different components.
  • Besides the above options, there are also a series of options below which allow the things like reflecting objects, checking impact and many more.
  • This extension actually works as it is spraying components downward.

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.


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"SketchUp Skill Builder: building section animations with Scenes"

SketchUp Skill Builder is used to support each other in a friendly way while building up the SketchUp skills and Josh Reilly has shown the method of building section animations.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

SketchUp Skill Builder: SketchUp Skill Builder has come up with the idea of releasing a video with a challenge and/or tip-and-trick to try by the users, these challenges will rank form beginner to advanced and each Skill Builder will have their own string which can be found under the ‘Tutorials’ class. The vision is for supporting each other in a friendly way while building up the SketchUp skills and it is a platform to transfer ideas, alternative methods for any given exercise or to ask questions on the specific string of the Skill Builder it relates to. While designing a beautiful room sometimes users face problems while making it more beautiful and turning it a full proof building design but they can’t make any wall or ceiling; now it will be easier by using Transparent Materials.

This time SketchUp Skill Builder comes up with its new feature- Scene transitions in conjunction with Section Planes. Section Planes are used in SketchUp to create animations in active section cuts for hiding and showing geometry. Sections planes cut a model in SketchUp along a plane so that the modelers can look inside the model without moving or hiding any geometry. More than that, in a 3D model, an active section plane covers everything on one side of the plane it is described here through an example.

If we draw two layers of section planes and want to work on them, it is not necessary to delete or hide any one of them, but the fun is that they can be worked as a group or component.

In the layers of section planes, if we click on them we can see that there is a group of section planes and each one of them has a section plane inside of them. The layers can be named also for better work, layers can be turned on or off by a single click only and before adding section plane on the layers one should make sure that the objects should be in the correct way.

To add a section plane inside group one can click the left button on the image and add it; moving the section planes in SketchUp is easy it’s like moving it like any other geometry by using the move tool.

There are many applications in Section planes for any section animation technique that could be used to make it more effective and to add a finishing touch also. Follow the link for the detail variation:

Users can pair up Section planes along with their own SketchUp model or can download one from the 3DWarehouse which will have some added animation action. But the project has to be set up with Scenes and Layers similar in this video and while upgrading, users can find many advanced techniques to use.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

GKWare Cabinet Maker 3 Design / Build for design furniture & cabinets

GKWare Cabinet Maker 3 Design / Build is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

With this sketchup plugin,, the sketchup users can instantly design cabinets and furniture for kitchens, baths, bookcases etc . The plugin is specifically designed for the woodworkers, designers and architects.

This plugin allows the sketchup users to generate cabinets for kitchens, vanities and different types of furniture like book cases or entertainment units, Cabinets are virtually available in any reasonable size. The sketchup users can explore thorough various types of door / drawer styles and textures. If required, supplementary textures can also be added. There are several options like developing your own libraries, inserting door handles as well as edge treatments and custom profiles, The Door Maker Pro also facilitates you to interact with the doors.

There are modifiable shelving, vertical dividers, and pullouts.

It also generates 6 spreadsheet reports along with Parts lists that is compatible with Cut List Plus or CutMaster.

The extension is available in extension warehouse.

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

GKWare Cabinet Maker 3 Design / Build for design furniture & cabinets

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"SketchUp’s Advanced Camera Tools”

SketchUp’s Advanced Camera Tools is an amazing extension that is used from loose storyboarding to advanced shot analysis in the planning time of any film, video or photography.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

In this article we are going to discuss about Advanced Camera Tools in SketchUp through Geis’s tutorials and here are some information about this tools.

The Advanced Camera Tools: The Advanced Camera Tools or Act are mainly designed for those people who work in the film and television industry and use SketchUp Pro to build up some storyboards, design sets, visualize scenes and plan locations. They use Advanced Camera Tools for placing real-world cameras in their SketchUp models and preview the real camera shots but this extension needs an active SketchUp Pro license. The Advanced Camera Tools plugin is now used for Google SketchUp Pro 8 where users can create optically and physically modeled professional cameras that can be designed and manipulated similarly as used in the real world. Cameras created by the users with the Advances Camera Tools will provide precise controls for properties such as, Focal Length, Aspect Ratio and Image Width while allows them to accurately model and preview real camera shots inside any model they are working with.

There is a clearly complete help file which is linked within the SketchUp extension warehouse page for the Advanced Camera Tools and this extension was created to provide a tool for visualizing various shots in Video and TV work, but besides that it can also be used to make much more accurate cameras and cameras with pitch and roll. People who want to mimic an original physical camera can access the various kinds by back to back tools, advanced camera tools and choosing an actual camera type which will give them access to many different camera types. But if it is not a worry to work with an actual physical camera type, one can add a camera by simple clicking on the first button on the advanced camera tools toolbar. This helps the person to set their view into view editing mode, for more hidden information one can find them in the lower left hand on his/her screen. While clicking and dragging the mouse button, information about the particular view like the height and angle will be recorded in the information in the lower left corner. More than that, users can also adjusts the pan, angle, height and many other things about the camera view with some instructions at the bottom of the screen.

After having a real camera view set as per needs one can right click on it to active the “Lock Camera” option, it will instantly lock the camera view to prevent the accidental changes and it will create an original physical camera reference point in the 3D space. Users are able to turn on the camera frustum lines and volumes to view a physical indicator of the view of the camera, when users want to unlock the feature they need to simply click on the button for “Look through a camera created by create camera”, then right click and select “unlock camera”. While the “edit camera” option helps to edit aspects of the camera by right clicking on it.


Features of the Advanced Camera Tools: So basically this tool can do things like


  • Adding any number of physical cameras to the users’ model.
  • One can uses this tool to choose from dozens of pre-formed camera types or can create own.
  • Advanced Camera tools are placed and aimed using some known moves like Pan, Angle, and Dolly etc.
  • Focal length of any camera is set to simulate a large number of physical lenses.
  • Advanced Camera tools frustums are toggled on and off to see easily everything.
  • Properties of the Advanced Camera tools’ camera can be edited in the model any time.

Justin Geis: Justin Geis is the founder of The SketchUp Essentials and started using SketchUp while he was working as a general contractor in 2008 and after using it he found that SketchUp is extremely powerful that he just started to use it in his personal works also. Then he started The SketchUp Essentials as a place where he could share his ideas of using SketchUp easily through some tutorials and tips to help other users controlling the power of 3D Modeling in everyday lives.

SketchUp’s Advanced Camera Tools

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

"SketchUp Success for Woodworkers”

David Heim, a SketchUp user and known book and magazine editor specializing in woodworking has been using SketchUp for a long time and moved to Fine Woodworking Magazine.

About David Heim: David Heim is an experienced book and magazine editor specializing in wood working; previously he worked at Consumer Reports for 28 years and now he has been working with Fine Woodworking magazine. David generally writes about SketchUp and also gives training on SketchUp for over four years and all his projects are made in SketchUp. He has been using, teaching and writing about SketchUp since 2007 and he also has edited three books and produced more than 400 furniture models for the 3D Warehouse.

This article is one of his blog posts from his new book, “SketchUp Success for Woodworkers.” For David the models should be clean and defining a modeling order will consider the cleanliness of model as in woodworking a sound can be heard while arranging all of them in order like from start to finish. David has worked in SketchUp similar way like he at first defined the steps and orders at the beginning of the modeling.

As an example if anyone starts to model a kitchen, the person has to start the work from modeling the kitchen cabinets first; then the shelves, bottom of the shelves, slab, the gas oven keeper, drawers, fridge cabinet etc. So basically it like top to bottom order that will easier the work of modeling and helps to enter every detail clearly in SketchUp and also in the real life.

But if one wants to model a more complex thing, like a dresser or a sideboard constructing the SketchUp model as the real thing will give permission to glue up all the things first. Here in SketchUp the modeler can use X-ray mode which will help to look through the components giving a clear view of the other objects and to dry fit it. So while working in SketchUp, at first it is needed to divide the making of components in parts as it will give better detail view of them. It is better to add the components in place one by one so that they could fit well against mating pieces as per their size and given space.

As an example while making a small occasional table with tapered legs which will connect to stretchers with mortise-and-tenon joints, first step is defining the modeling order like the legs are made first. Next the stretcher has to make and these stretcher has to be placed between the legs of the table; then just add tenons at the ends of those stretchers that will make the model ready for next modeling sequence.

The above process is for SketchUp modeling, while making them in the shop or in reality, one has to follow the steps in a way that will give the model its right figure. Like at first a mortise has to make and then the tenons will cut in size to fit in it, next start with one leg component to edit and zooming in for a detail view f the top area where the stretcher touches the legs. Now it is the time to draw another portion in SketchUp again, X-ray mode is put on again to view tenon through the fixed leg, now the Line or Rectangle tools are used to trace over the base of the tenon to produce similar area on the leg. Next the Push/Pull tool is used to push the area to the end of the tenon; the similar process will follow in the second mortise.

Now the structure of the table is completed so it is the time to fix he top with the bottom parts, the rectangle tool is used to draw a rectangle in place right over the top of the legs. Then the Offset toll is used to enlarge the rectangle for the needed overhang, after that the original rectangle is removed to give the top its thickness and turn into a component.

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth.

SketchUp Success for Woodworkers

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"SketchUp: Excellent grow for the Philadelphia Flower Show”

The Philadelphia Flower Show has been happening from 1829 and has become the number one show in the entire Philadelphia where SketchUp user Dan and Gary arrange everything.


One hundred and eighty-nine years is a long time for anything to run continuously but there are some things like gardens that get better and better with time, become more attractive and gorgeous day by day. The Philadelphia Flower Show has been long time a dignity for its city and its larger community; it is a big summit for all the plant admirers from all over the country flock to Philly to know more about the newest and greatest in the gardening world every year.
About the Philadelphia Flower Show: The Philadelphia Flower Show welcomes everyone to their awesome flower show which is a mesmerizing world of wonderful gardening and design that has started back to 1829. Since then, this event has become very popular and special for so many reasons also become number one on the list; it is also because it happens at a time of year when people desire for color and beauty from this garden. This exact scenic beauty and pleasant memory is perfectly delivered by this Flower Show; people love it so much that they continued their support through funding of many greening programs and ornamentation across Philadelphia. The next year for the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show the theme will be Flower Power and will held on March 2-10.
Dan/Daniel Brown: He is a regular SketchUp user and has been working as a SketchUp trainer since the year 2007. He has worked as a SketchUp Trainer for Google in previous time to start db-3D and Trainer; he also taught SketchUp all around the world to hundreds of designers. Dan also gives a 2 day live training course in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC in every 10 weeks as well as provides a monthly online course.
Gary Radin: He is the Principal Designer of GMR Design and over twenty years, he has been expanding and controlling the way people experience their environment. This work includes specialization in production design, art direction, interior design, theater and graphics and there are hundreds of creative solutions for television commercials, cable network shows, corporate meeting and video sets, exhibits, live event staging and interiors. He is currently engaged with GMR Design LLC as a Production Designer and Owner; it is basically a Philadelphia based design studio which is specialized in set design and art direction for television and live events.
Dan has explained in a video tutorial about their detailed work on SketchUp for this event and here is the link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8IjMg78C2s

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com
SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

skp2VR allows you to transit from sketchup to immersive virtual reality

skp2VR is the newest inclusion in extension warehouse developed by kubity. This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

The sketchup users can apply this plugin to quickly search 3d models in 1:1 scale immersive desktop VR with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.

With this plugin, it is possible to quickly obtain your SketchUp models to 1:1 scale VR by a single click of the mouse without any coding or installations. skp2VR is the simple and most natural way to explore your 3D model with the fabulous sensation of existence.

Simple Setup:
- Set up the plugin, click the button and explore your model in 1:1 scale VR.


Quick Loading Time:
- Suitable with bigger and complex SketchUp models.


Comfortable Experience:
- Designed for comfort with low latency and high frame-rates to lessen the feelings of motion sickness.


Oculus Rift & HTC Vive Compatible:
- Experience 1:1 scale VR with the best immersive VR headsets on the market.


The extension is available in extension warehouse.

To get online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video.


skp2VR allows you to transit from sketchup to immersive virtual reality

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

AW Proxy for Enscape3d

AW Proxy for Enscape3d is the new sketchup extension added to the extension warehouse. This newest sketchup extension supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

Generate (low poly rather than standard box) proxy from component in SketchUp to be applied with Enscape3d
Transform component to Low Poly proxy:
1. Right click on a component that should be substituted with a low poly version and choose the option "AW Create Proxy".
2. All instances of this component will be substituted with the low poly version and the original component is saved in the similar location as the SketchUp model.
3. While applying Enscape, the low poly version will be substituted with Enscape for rendering.
Remarks:
- Edges should be activated in the Style to view the proxy in SketchUp
- Only apply on components with nested components which remain unused in other places in the model. All entities within these nested components will be cleared.
Download this extension from extension warehouse extension warehouse.
To get online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video.
AW Proxy for Enscape3d

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Gabster Lite 3.4.1 for furniture design in sketchup

Gabster lite is the newest sketchup extension in the extension warehouse. This sketchup extension is compatible with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

The sketchup users can use this free plugin to design custom furniture in 3D.

There are in excess of 600 components and 300 finishes available for you. Produce environment projects instantly with components that take into account the engineering of the mobile, already being programmed with rules of manufacturing engineering.

Besides, developing the environment, the dynamic component facilitates animation like opening and closing doors, drawers, tilting etc.

Plugin is incorporated with a complete solution for automation and inspection of furniture production.

The extension is available in extension warehouse.

To get online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video.

Gabster Lite 3.4.1 for furniture design in sketchup

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