Friday, June 14, 2019

"Review of British Institute of Interior Design Accreditation”

The BIID CPD has approved two courses of SketchUp Hub for the interior designers which can be applied by the SketchUp Hub users.

About SketchUp Hub: Anita Brown has established the SktchUp Hub 3D Visualization and here are a range of courses for helping Interior Designers and students, creating exact floor plans and elevations with a professional touch for the extreme benefit of their business or studies. The SketchUp Hub’s total vision is to authorize Interior Designers especially women providing right technical abilities for making exact drawings and creative illusions at professional standards. Besides that, SketchUp Hub creates an available, engaged and fully supported learning environment for presenting the development of STEM related skills to a female driven industry.

In the month of January this year, the Sketchup Hub had announced their first ever 5 Day Challenge where they had challenged designers and SketchUp users to create an awesome kitchen design with the help of Free SketchUp download. The event was a big successful one and many people showed their wonderful skills where the best got the winner prize and made a place for his/her design. After that the SketchUp Hub has focused on designing the Interior sides of houses with elevations, these elevations are actually some kind of visual tools that allow Interior Designers to transfer perfectly their vision for a space, specifically they can work on the design of a wall and other items within nearly view.

Confirmation on any project by highly observed and respected institution is important for any kind of business especially one which is still trying to set up itself as an important one. That’s why the SketchUp hub is very happy, thrilled and a little bit emotional also very proud to announce that they have been given CPD accreditation by the British Institute of Interior Design for two online SketchUp courses of the SketchUp Hub. The team is very proud of this important that they are announcing the news in a magnitude way, here is a little review of this announcement.

About British Institute of Interior Design:

The British Institute of Interior Design or BIID is the superior professional organization for interior designers in the United Kingdom. Their growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, like from heritage to cutting edge; besides that, there are requirements which assess training, experience and professionalism. This requirement needs the members to continue their professional development throughout their career to ensure their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters. The BIID is the only professional organization for interior designers which has been given the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State.

Mission of the British Institute of Interior Design:

The BIID is committed to encourage and support creativity and ability in the field of interior design through assisting best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education. The reason of choosing SketchUp Hub as a platform is that the SketchUp Hub places much significance on standards and professionalism when it comes to the making of plans and drawings using CAD software like SketchUp which can perfectly fit into the overall of the British Institute of Interior Design and the SketchUp Hub is much honored to have given CPD approval.

About CPD:

CPD is the abbreviation of the institute named Continuing Professional Development and it ensures that professionals should maintain and update their skills and knowledge after qualification. British Institute of Interior Design members must engage and record 20 hours of CPD activities annually to continue their membership. According to a member of the BIID, a status to CPD is a help as a form of ensure that BIID members are keeping up to date with the latest developments is a continuously changing industry. This industry gives an opportunity to update personal and professional skills and also a platform to engage with experts in the industry and a forum for the exchange ideas and best practice.

There are two different forms of CPD activities:

  1. Structured and
  2. Unstructured; and all BIID members engage at least 10 hours Structured CPD activity and the SketchUp Hub is proudly announced that their CPD activities for BIID are mentioned as for their online nature and clear learning objectives. The BIID Knowledge Hub is an online platform that is hosting a wide range of educational content, including the SketchUp Hub’s CPD courses.
Source
www.sketchuphub.com/british-institute-of-interior-design

Review of British Institute of Interior Design Accreditation

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www.sketchup4architect.com
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

"Review of Eneroth Tool Memory”

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.

About Extension Warehouse:

It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:
  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

Eneroth Tool Memory:

It is like a Cycle that like used tools with a new twist. Cycles open windows with the keys Alt+Tab in windows, this plugin can be used to cycle recently in SketchUp. Eneroth Tool Memory plugin can speed up highly and simplifies the modeling process; this plugin is primarily aimed at skilled professional users who look for ways to improve their work. Moreover that, this plugin is as most useful for tools that users use too little to have a shortcut for but vey regular after using them.

Setup of Eneroth Tool Memory:

After installing the plugin, it will ask for some manual setup to work which cannot be done in automated way but can be done in just few minutes:
  • Users at first need to open the Shortcut settings from the follow path: Window> Preferences> Shortcuts.
  • Then users have to organize a shortcut which is Ctlr+Spacebar and follow the path: Extensions> Eneroth Tool Memory> Cycle Tools. Users can also choose a modifier key other than Ctrl in Windows or Command in Mac, then the following path will be: Extensions> Eneroth Tool Memory> Set Modifier Key and select that key.
  • Besides the above two options, users can also set up a concur shortcut including Shift; just as Ctrl+Shift+Space, Extensions> Eneroth Tool Memory> Cycle Tools Backwards.
Exclude tools: The version 1.1.0 of Eneroth Tool Memory is the stratpoint of every user that can specify tools to exclude and it can be useful when users don’t want the tool stack to get filled with the tools which already have shortcuts. So they need to create a text file in the plugin’s directory, and then have to write the tool names which must be similar in the tool stack and separated by line breaks.

Users should keep in mind that Certain tools are not added to the tool stack; like the Texture Positioning Tool must be started from the context menu of a face. This tool can be activated without a reference to a face but it wouldn’t be useful and it will not act as a tool. While Camera tools such as Orbit and Zoom Window are not added by default as they can be added optionally though there will be risk in the stack.

It is a wonderful tool for developers as it can create and activate new tool objects than re-using existing objects. Tools whose constructors need parameters will not be reminded by this plugin as these tools are actually designed to be initialized in a certain way. So users make sure that the class of their tools can be supported by Eneroth Tool Memory and initialized without arguments.

Source

Review of Eneroth Tool Memory

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www.sketchup4architect.com
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SENTIO VR: Sketchup to Virtual Reality (VR) walkthroughs

SENTIO VR: Sketchup to Virtual Reality (VR) walkthroughs is the newest sketchup extension and its purpose is to provide your sketchup models in Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR.
It is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.
With some simple clicks of the mouse, it is possible to make 360 tours or 3D walkthroughs and involve your clients within your designs. No coding or installations are necessary. SENTIO VR streamlines the method to upload your 3D content, make walkthroughs and provide in VR devices like Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR.
It contains the following exclusive features :-
• Directly upload your Sketchup models to your account through plugin
• Quickly observe your 3D models in Virtual Reality: Oculus GO & Samsung Gear VR
• Control and present your content from any remote location, anytime with the help of your unique access code
This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com
Go through the following video for online demonstration.
SENTIO VR: Sketchup to Virtual Reality (VR) walkthroughs

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

"Custom Toolbar Button Images in LayOut”

SketchUp users can get a nice new button icon in the toolbar and can add a Custom toolbar button images in LayOut which is though an easy thing but need extra care to do it.

Matt Donley: Matt Donley has been working with SketchUp since 2007; at first he started working as a carpenter and started using SketchUp to model things around his house. After that he started to model his customer’s homes for helping them to visualize their construction projects. He also wrote the “SketchUp to LayOut” book as a help for other construction professionals as a learn how to make construction documents using SketchUp and LayOut. He shares his SketchUp knowledge online with SketchUp users where he teaches how to create tutorials and videos for helping people to learn how to work with 3D model online.

In this article Matt has described about a new idea where he will show how to create own custom buttons for any LayOut command as well as the way of creating a custom button image for users to use the super-secret-hidden-built-in button image editor. Matt always has thought that the default toolbar in LayOut should include a button to insert a SketchUp model into LayOut file; though it is a common thing to do but it is a little weird to have to go to File > Insert every time. Though, this option is a Windows-only option as it has a huge range of toolbar.

How to add Custom LayOut Commands:

  • It is a simple way to add new buttons to any LayOut toolbars and here are the steps to do:
  • At first users have to do Right-click in the toolbar area and then select the Customize option.
  • Next they need to select the Command tab in the Customize window.
  • Then users can find the commands that they want to add to their toolbar and then drag it directly into the toolbar.
As all the commands don’t have icon images related to them, so there will appear an ugly text button for these commands.

Using the LayOut Button Image Editor:

It is not known o all that, when users have the customize window active, all of the toolbar buttons become editable; then users can drag them to various positions and can pull them out of the toolbar to remove them. Users can also click right button on them to get a context-menu; this context-menu will give the users some magical capability to change the look of button. Though the image can be downloaded from a pop-up appears in below the page; here are the ways to add an image to the button:

In the Image Editor, users can use the drawing tools to create their own icon or can import an icon that they have created in an external image editor. To import, click on File menu and go to Open option. If users don’t want to go through the image editor window they can have the image copied on the clipboard and can select Paste Button Image directly from the button context menu.

Source
www.mastersketchup.com/custom-layout-button

Custom Toolbar Button Images in LayOut

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"Drawing Basics and Concepts of SketchUp”

SketchUp users always find some easy ways to work in 3D modeling and drawing in SketchUp is the most important thing that needs to be done through some easy concepts.

Drawing a model in 3D platform is bit different from drawing an image in 2D; in SketchUp users have to draw on 3D platform with tools but this 3D drawing is not familiar to everyone so here is a little introduction about all the drawing basics and concepts.

This article is a kind of description where people can learn about a few ways to create edges and faces which are basic things of any SketchUp model.

Table of Contents:

  • Drawing a line: The Line tool is used to draw edges from the structural foundation of all models. At first the Line tool is selected and then the cursor changes into Pencil; next the click on an area to draw a line. Then the cursor is clicked to set the line’s end point which can be also the starting point of another line. Now Esc key is pressed after finished drawing lines and after setting the end point, users should press Ctrl + Z (Microsoft Windows) or Command + Z (macOS) to undo the line. If anyone wants to make the line a precise length he/she needs to type a value and press Enter (Microsoft Windows) or Return (macOS); this process can be repeated until drawing a next line.
  • Creating a face: When several lines are joined into a shape it will form a face which may be plain but very important one; every face is the other half of the duo which enables SketchUp model ever made to exist. Shape tools like Rectangle, Circle and Polygon create faces.
  • Dividing faces: When a line or a curve is drawn on an existing face, the face become split. It is an important thing as after splitting a face, users can use the Push/Pull tool to push o pull one part of the face while the other part stays put.
  • Opening 3D shapes by removing edges and faces: Users can erase an edge or face to make an opening in a shape. To see how erasing an edge effects the model, users need to select the Eraser tool at first in the toolbar or need to press the E key. Clicking an edge erases it and any face that touched the edger; but context-clicking a face and choosing Erase will delete only the face.
  • Healing deleted faces: If a face is deleted accidentally there are two ways to bring it back: 1) if any other changes isn’t made by user and wants to keep the previous one, he needs to select Edit > Undo from the menu bar or press the keyboard shortcut for Undo. 2) Users can redraw the line that caused the faces to hide and SketchUp will re-create the faces.
  • Finding and locking an inference: SketchUp has an inference engine to help in working with 3D space and this engine will help to find geometric relationship between lines.
  • Inference types: SketchUp has several types of inferences like point, linear and shape; SketchUp often mixes them together to form a complex inference. Components and dynamic components have their own inference types.
  • Locking inferences with a keyboard: It will help to draw along the direction according to the user and it can maintain one drawing direction while users reference geometry from another part of the model.
  • Ensuring edges are aligned to axes: It is helpful to change the cursor to the axes colors or if it is need to check the alignment of existing geometry, the edges will be changed to the axes colors.
Source
www.help.sketchup.com/en/sketchup

Drawing Basics and Concepts of SketchUp

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www.sketchup4architect.com
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Creating Own SketchUp Material Libraries”

SketchUp Material Libraries contain a huge number of textures and materials; this Libraries can be created by user following some easy steps.
3D printing or additive manufacturing is way of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital life. The creation or making of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes and in this process, an object is made by laying down successive layers of material till the object is created. Each of these layers can be visible as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. So basically 3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out a piece of metal or plastic with for specimen a milling machine.

There are more than 5000 materials in the nXt Material Library from where any user can select any material and place it on a SketchUp face to create a similar SketchUp material. In many cases the SketchUp material is like an estimate of the full fractal material which will be created when users render the model.

The way of downloading the nXt Libraries:

Here are the steps to download and install the latest libraries:

  • Click on the Downloads Page.
  • After that users have to enter their name and email address and proceed to the download page.
  • Next they need to select IRender nXt Libraries from the right of the first row of downloads.

The download contains:

  • New nXt Materials.
  • Older AccuRender Materials converted to nXt format
  • New nXt Plants and Trees
  • Older AR4 Plant and Tree Library
  • HDRi Skies for the second and additional tabs on the HDRi Setup dialog

The IRender nXt Libraries of plans and materials are only available for the clients who purchase IRender nXt. The Libraries have the things like:

  • AR3 materials converted to nXT .ArMaterial file format.
  • New .ArMaterial files created for nXt.
  • AR3 Trees and Plants.
  • New nXt Trees.
  • Additional HDRi skies for use with IRender nXt.

Among many materials of nXt Libarries SketchUp Materials Palette is one which is used to create some different patterns and colors in SketchUp model. To open the SKetchUp Materials Palette here are the steps to follow

  • Click the ‘Paint Bucket Tool’ in the toolbar or use Windows > Materials menu entry.
  • This will launch the palette from the toolbar button.
  • Now click the ‘Create Material’ icon which will open a separate window that will allow the users to input some color values or to add textures and set opacity levels for the material.
  • If users want to load their own texture in the Palette simply click the ‘Browse’ icon in the texture section of the Create Material Palette which will launch the ‘Open File’ dialog and then can navigate to the location of the texture image in the hard drive.
  • After getting the texture just click open to load it into SketchUp’s ‘Create Material Palette’. Then users can give a name and dimensions to the texture and click ‘OK’ to create the new material.
  • To locate texture in SketchUp, users can pick ‘In Model’ option from the dropdown list; this option will display all the textures currently in the model.
  • Then save this new created texture into a new library Right click it and choose ‘Save As’ from the context menu.
  • .skm is the default file type in it; to save materials to already existing libraries click the ‘Display secondary selection pane’ button.

Source

Creating Own SketchUp Material Libraries

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Layers Organizer 2.2.0 for Sketchup

The renowned plugin developer George T has introduced the latest version of Layers Organizer i.e. Layers Organizer 2.2.0.

This newest sketchup extension is considered as a perfect substitute to the native layers that facilitates grouping, sorting and various other productivity functionalities.

It can be used to group and sort layers to arrange any model in efficient manner and decrease visual noise.

Save layer indicates that it is possible to name, recall and assign to other scenes.

It manages the visibility setting of new layers in other scenes.

Integration features with our other plugin, Cross Reference Organizer, to controls layers from Cross Referenced components perfectly, and several other productivity functionalities.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

For online demonstration, go through the following video.

Layers Organizer 2.2.0 for Sketchup

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"Importing SketchUp Textures & Creating Custom Materials”

SketchUp Texture libarery is full of different textures that need to use in the SketchUp models; but there are some textures not available, users can create their own and make Custom Materials.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D 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.

Though SketchUp has a quite nice order of materials built into it but it doesn’t have all the materials that people want; this is a description of a tutorial that will help the users to learn more about importing favorite SketchUp textures and turning them into new materials which are used in the models.

Creating Custom Material Libraries in SketchUp is depended on understanding the nature of materials within SketchUp; so the first thing the users need to know is about the original images themselves which may be in the JPEG format or so on are not really SketchUp materials. Originally they are the images that can load in order for creating these materials; the original material file is a file that can be created within SketchUp that specifies about the material. For creating this material file, users need to start off by making a custom material that can be downloaded from many places like SketchUp Texture Club, CG Textures, and Textures.com etc. The process will be started form clicking the plus button which is in the upper right hand corner that will create a new material, if anyone wants to base it on a repeating texture image then users can click on go down option and check the box for “use texture image,”; next users have to find the related image to create a texture. Next the image has to resized and repositioned in the model, after completing it the material will be created and need to rename it and save it in the database.

Importing SketchUp textures and creating Custom Materials:
  • At first, users need to find a SketchUp texture to use; SketchUp texture is a great place to find a huge number of free textures. While CGtextures extension is used as a replacement of SketchUptexture extension earlier which are not all super clean but has an awesome library to look through.
  • Then users have to click on Paint Bucket Tool that will show the Materials window pop-up. Or they can go to the Window tab and select Materials from the drop-down list.
  • Next click the Create Material button from the Material window.
  • After that the Create Material window will pop-up; it will help to import the SketchUp textures. To import the textures users need to click the Import Image option in the Texture Editor section, here the texture image will get uploaded and a preview of it will be seen in the upper left hand corner. The Color Editor section is used to adjust the material’s color without editing it in an external program and reimport it. Te Colorize option is there in the Texture Editor section which will turns texture to black and white and then puts the color overlay on top. The Texture Scale & Lock option in the Texture Editor section will help to adjust the scale of the SketchUp texture. The Reset Color option will help to put the colors from beginning if anything turns bad.
  • Next click Ok; after that the custom material will show up in the SketchUp material library. Select it, take the Paint Bucket tool and paint it.
Source
www.designerhacks.com/import-sketchup-textures

Importing SketchUp Textures & Creating Custom Materials

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Monday, June 10, 2019

"Vertex Tools Extension in SketchUp”

About Extension Warehouse:

It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:
  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page

About Thom Thom:

Thomas Tomassen is actually known as Thom Thom, he is a modelmaker with a large desire for physical, digital and traditional design in most kinds of the trade. He is also focused on webdesign or programming and 3D visualizations but he is specialist in 3D modeling, SketchUp, Webdesign, graphic design and web programming.

Vertex Tools

This extension can take control over each vertex editor for SketchUp; its soft sections are a must needed thing for organic modeling and the manipulator gizmo will allow users to take great control while modeling. On the Vertex tolls website, users will find a list of all features along with a comprehensive manual and videos. This vertex tools can be tried for 30 days with proper registration where after the trail period, users have to buy a license to continue the use of it by paying $20.
But recently Thom Thom has updated the Vertex Tools and made a fully functional Trial version that anyone can test for 30 days. But if anyone get hooked and is a Premium Member at SketchUcation, will be enough to get lucky to have a 20% discount in the SketchUcation shop. The Trial Version of Vertex Tools is now can be found form the SketchUcation Plugin Store or the Extension Warehouse.

Features

  • Manipulator Gizmo: The Gizmo allows for quick operations without exchanging out of selection mode and all the actions can be adjusted by the VCB for final precision adjustments.
  • Extrude Edges: Gizmo is used to quickly extrude edges from any selected geometry which can even takes into account the soft-selection.
  • Soft-selection: It is set by taping in a length in the VCB while a selection toll is active. It vertices within this distance from the selected vertices are affected by tools that modify geometry.
  • Auto-Smooth: When a face is deformed in a way that the vertices are not coplanar, SketchUp Autofolds the face by adding new edges which are normally not soft but create a faceted surface. After enabling Auto-Smooth, these new edges will be softened and smoothened to give a continuous surface.
  • Lock UV Mapping: Vertex Tools preserve users UV mapping those will distort by SketchUp then it will manipulate the model’s geometry and the UV mapping is pinned to each vertex to keep continuity.

Menus & Toolbars:

  • Tools >> Vertex tools
  • Context Menu >> Vertex Tools
  • Toolbars >> Vertex Tools

Menus & Toolbars:

  • SketchUp 6* or never
  • Windows XP or newer version (internet explorer 7 or newer)
  • OSX 10.4 or newer in Intel or PPC
Source
www.extensions.sketchup.com/en/content

Vertex Tools Extension in SketchUp

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"Using SketchUp’s CleanUp3 and Solid Inspetcor2 tools”

SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse is full of useful and faster working tools or extensions which will make the 3D printing and working on it better than before.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is way of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital life. The creation or making of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes and in this process, an object is made by laying down successive layers of material till the object is created. Each of these layers can be visible as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. So basically 3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out a piece of metal or plastic with for specimen a milling machine.

SketchUp is just made for 3D printing and designing in SketchUp is cool as 3D printing is something that moves is cooler and unique than that. In this article we are going to discuss about a few features that can be include by the users to make their creations more than just interestingly shaped hunks of immobile plastic. Aidan Chopra and Rebecca Huehls this time comes up with new tricks about 3D printing in SketchUp.

Aidan Chopra was a beloved member of the SketchUp team for 10 years; he is the creator of SketchUp Blog where SketchUp members and professionals share their new designs and tells some tips and tricks to design various designs that help users a lot. This Blog has attracted huge number of people and helps them to know more about SketchUp tools and extensions, moreover that users can now easily use SketchUp in their everyday life. Aidan also taught countless classes on SketchUp, he authored the SketchUp for Dummies Book.

Two tools from the SktchUp Extension Warehouse are important for every 3D printing work and they are: CleanUp3 and Solid Inspector2; both of these are created by Thomas Thomassen. Here is a little information about both of them:
  • CleanUp3: This extension checks and simplifies the geometry of every SketchUp model and combines multiple faces, deletes extraneous data any lines that don’t create a face. There are also two most useful CleanUp3 options in the Warehouse such as Erase Duplicate Faces and Repair Split Edges which can be enabled in the CleanUp3 menu. These two options are errors that surely appear in the model while working in SketchUp and they drive 3D printers nuts; moreover that these two are hard to identify and repair manually. This extension also simplify STL or 3D-printable files that are imported into many triangles and by removing that triangulation, CleanUp3 makes files downloaded from 3D printing communities easily edited in SketchUp.
  • Solid Inspector2: This extension finds and highlights problems that are stopping SketchUp 3D models from being a solid shell and its usefulness cannot be exaggerated. It also highlights problem areas and helps users automatically from one error to another and does the repairs much faster. So it is must have tool in every SketchUp model.
While working with 3D modeling in SKetchUp, everyone should run CleanUp3 periodically and run Soli Inspector2 before exporting from SketchUp to 3D print is also necessary as they both will help to find errors that would cause the printing failure.

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Using SketchUp’s CleanUp3 and Solid Inspetcor2 tools

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

"Review of the Whimsical Furniture ”

Annie Bossert, a fiber artist and woodworker who creates functional and playful pieces that bring levity to everyone’s experience by mixing her talents in woodworking and fiber arts.

Annie Bossert is a mixed media artist who is specialized in custom furniture design; she grew up on a farm in central Illinois where her love for stripes also born as she lived with rows of rows of corn and soybeans. She started her career as a furniture maker where she used plywood to express her interest in stripes by cutting different angles into the plywood to make different striping effects. Anne indirectly got into woodworking through working with textiles; she loved to mix different ways to combine her textiles and woodworking while working in her shop in Fort Collins, CO.

Recently Anne is designing and building all of the studio furniture pictured on her website; she is a fiber artist and a woodworker mixed up into one person. Her designs are original but she is quite inspired by mid-twentieth century furniture and industrial design.

This article is a little description about Anne’s recent work “The Whimsical Furniture” and some details about her life, work and inspiration etc.

Little about the start of Anne’s interest in designing:

In her words, her mom inspired her to be interested in strips from her childhood when her mom gave her some clothes and told her to sew them. It was her first introduction to the world of textiles as well as the concept of making hr won designs. This mindset led her to join a furniture making class where she made her first work, storage for CDs than a plastic milk crate. Besides taking classes on woodworking, she also developed her knitting and weaving skills to make more designs on wood. After a few years, she joined in a job in a sign shop where she had to fabricate signs that helped to better understandings of tools and making.

Little about her furniture design:

She is a fond of functional art and loves to assemble all the careful curation of the objects with surrounded objects to make them more interesting and beautiful. She always tries to challenge people’s expectations about the look of furniture with their mood; in her works, she mess with their perceptions on views and then she dyes and weaves stripes into the textiles that are the same width as the stripes of the laminations in her used plywood. When the striped fabric is mixed into a piece of striped plywood and both dyed in the same color than the mind blowing furniture comes out.

Her ways to communicate design intent to customers:

Anne does a lot of commissioned pieces so she has to ensure that her customers have a solid understanding of what they will be getting. Whenever she makes something which is hand dyed or hand woven fabric, she makes a custom material in SketchUp; she at first simply scan a sample of her fabric and paint into her SketchUp model for maximum realism. According to her, SketchUp helps her to make simple designs wonderful through easy used tools.

More about her design process:

She follows a new design process that she has developed in the last couple of years; it is an exciting process where she at first cut an angle into plywood and saw all the hideous different stripes inside the materials, then she saved the offcuts and scrapes from projects. But now she likes to begin with a composition of offcuts as doors or drawer fronts and then design a piece of furniture to work more over it. So she will lay out the offcut assemblage, then measure it, photograph it, then put it into SketchUp, size the image to scale and then sketch the furniture design to work more.

Source
www.blog.sketchup.com/article

Review of the Whimsical Furniture

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"Modeling a Face Me Christmas Tree in SketchUp ”

Importing an image from another file in SketchUp is an easy process but transferring a normal image into a Face Me component is a little complex task that is shown in here.

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.

This article is about the method of learning to create a 2D Face Me component that always faces the camera in SKetchUp. From the previous videos about 2D Face Me it is known that using 3D vegetations in SketchUp could make good results but it also slow down the rendering procedure and overall workflow quite a bit.

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.

About Extension Warehouse:

It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:
  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.
  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.
  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.
At first, Justin downloaded the image of a Christmas tree from Google with a transparent background and then imported it in SketchUp; while importing an image, users should click on the image option. After importing the image will appear as flat image which will not allow users to work on it. Next Justin trimmed the sides as per size of the image using the Move tool and transfer the whole image in a group. Then he started to turn this image into a component by following steps:
  • Right click on the image and select the option “Make Component”, which will open a pop-up window.
  • To turn this component as a Face Me Component click on the Option called “Always Face Camera” from the pop-up window.
  • At last click on Create button and it will appear as a component that always faces Camera no matter in which angle it is rotated.
After that this image is ready to work as a texture or component in any project; users can make copies of the image or can use it in creating new designs etc. but they will always face to the camera.

Sourcewww.thesketchupessentials.com

Modeling a Face Me Christmas Tree in SketchUp

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Friday, June 7, 2019

"Free Textures Pack Christmas 2018”

SketchUp textures are created by SketchUp professionals for making the 3D models better and lively; in the Christmas of 2018 SketchUp Texture Club has published 9 different textures.

SketchUp Texture Club is an educational and instructive portal, directed to the 3D community with particular emphasis on visualization and rendering proficiencies addressed to students and to the professionists of architecture and interior design and all for those who are impending the learning of the 3D visualization. The web site of SketchUp texture known as SketchUp Texture Club the professionals generally share about the experience and the work material helpful to the increasing of the use of the 3D world; besides that, their portal unites CG fans and Professionals alike and their success has made them one of the most important CG resource sites in the world. They at first born as a Facebook community and was founded in September 2010 to share and compare with all the 3D graphics enthusiasts, materials, information, impressions, news and trends in architecture and interior design that has become in a short time an important point of mention for all those people working in computer graphics and 3D modeling.

In the Christmas 2018, the professionals of SketchUp texture Club, they published a gift pack containing 9 different fantastic professional textures which are consistently high in resolution and came with complete maps which are removal, normal, specular and ambient closure.

Here is a little description of the package of textures:
  • 3 different wooden floors textures in high resolution: they come with complete maps package which are removal, normal, specular and ambient closure. Pixels are 3598 ˣ 2563, 3598 ˣ 2881, 3632 ˣ 3565.
  • 3 different Marble wall cladding textures seamless high resolution: they come with complete maps package which are removal, normal, specular and ambient closure. Pixels are 3000 ˣ 3000, 3000 ˣ 3000, 3000 ˣ 3000.
  • 3 different Wall plaster textures seamless high resolution: they come with complete maps package which are removal, normal, specular and ambient closure. Pixels are 3072 ˣ 3072, 3072 ˣ 3072, 3072 ˣ 3072.
SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D 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.

Source/www.sketchuptexture.com/2018/12

Free Textures Pack Christmas 2018

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Click-Window 3D – The newest sketchup extension

Click-Window 3D is the newest sketchup extension available in extension warehouse. It is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

Click-Window 3D can be applied to generate 100% adjustable windows and french doors. From hung, sliding, french, panoramic to crank windows, all of these 3D windows are obtainable in PVC, wood and aluminium.

With click-window 3D, it is possible to perform with 3D models of superior quality to accomplish interior design projects efficiently and successfully.

Two versions are available in both metric and imperial systems.

How to use:

1. Click on the icon « START » on the Click-Window 3D Toolbar to import & insert the control panel.

2. Choose the icon « Interact with Dynamic Components » that is accessible on the toolbar, « Dynamic Components ».

3. Just click on the thumbnails of the « Control Panel » to fix the settings of your future Windows.

4. Import your 3D Window, with a drag and a click.

5. Wait for some times while the program is loading.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.


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"An extension ecosystem with Christina Eneroth”

SketchUp is a most loved extension all over the world with lot of extensions of work on 3D models; Christina Eneroth has added some new extensions which are lacking in it.

The SketchUp extension is full of wonderful tools or commands that make the 3D modeling in SketchUp much easier; users can download all these tools or extensions and upload their models in the warehouse for others. It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more.

But there are some tools which are still not found in SketchUp Extension there Julia Christina Eneroth starts here work. She builds those tools or commands for users and she has been doing it since a long time. She is a designer and developer in SketchUp and till now has published about 66 extensions and plugins to Extension Warehouse; she also has created virtually her very own 3D modeling ecosystem.

First experience with SketchUp: Julia Christina Eneroth was first introduced to SketchUp while working on shadowing an architect in elementary school; she downloaded the free version and worked at home. In those earlier days, SketchUp download took a very long time and 3D Warehouse had a 10 MB file size limit so there wasn’t much space to publish models.

First extensions in SketchUp: Her first script was for assigning layers to geometry called Scholss Eneburg, a castle with many levels with different ceiling heights and floors. It became impossible to look inside the model with SketchUp’s native section cut tool so she thought to write her first ever SketchUp Ruby script. But as the quality of the code was not that strong so she abandoned some projects, made some small changes and there she learned about code readability, decoupling and organization the hard way. According to here, while developing an extension anyone must think about its intended scope; as adding an extra feature in extension is easy but adding it without a scope will make it messy.

The Castle Project: Julia is always been fascinated by castles and once she started a high school project on castle which took a long time, her lots of hard work and skills on SketchUp. Though it was a single project, but actually it was a combination of all her previous works and made her learn about SketchUp.

Her new ideas about new extensions: All of her new extensions are created as her own need of modeling workflow and these extensions at first start as a few lines of code or a single line which she writes in the Ruby console to make it easier. After that, she builds a proper UI, designs the icons, writes documentation and creates images to describe it.

Julia’s five favorite extensions:

  • Swift Layer Visibility Control: It makes layer visibility control more flowing; she created it as a shortcut for hiding the selected layers. Another shortcut shows all layers and another one re-hides all layers that were last shown and created by Eneroth herself.
  • Selection Toys: It is made by Thom Thom and a must-have product that allows users to select existence by a certain criteria often based on the previous selected to make modeling more efficient.
  • Tool Memory: Designed by Eneroth, it helps to swap back and forth between tools without having to move fingers to the different shortcuts.
  • Solid Tools
  • Solid Inspector

Native extensions to SketchUp: Though according to her, very few extensions are native to SktechUp, but Weld should be a native command.

An extension ecosystem with Christina Eneroth

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

"Classical Architectural Modelers talked about nine Workflow tips”

Classical Architectural modelers of Holygon have been working on 3D models since a long time and they apply some kind of tips for perfect models.
Holygon is a Swedish Company that specializes in making historically-precise digital models for visual and 3D printing applications. At 3D Basecamp 2018, Founders Andres Lyhagen and Felix Heuman have presented how to accurately model urban spaces for 3D printing; they also shared their top workflow tips with the whole SketchUp community.

It combines deep knowledge of traditional design principles with command of recent digital technology to create state-of-art digital and physical 3D models of cities, architecture and other bespoke forms. They specialized in accuracy-modeling large urban cityscapes and individual buildings ready for true-to-life full-color 3D printing. Besides, they also program custom 3D tools, teach the art of 3D and visualize 3D models.
3D Basecamp 2018: 3D Basecamp is a much awaited place for all types of SketchUppers where they meet to teach, learn and inspire each other and this time 3D basecamp is going to held in Palm Springs at California from September 24th to 28th 2018. It is the program of a full week which most probably will be the best week for all the SketchUp lovers as they can develop their 3D modeling skills, increase the social circle by connecting with more people and can view the beauty of California.

The first two days will only be focused on SketchUp Bootcamp training track where the bootcamp meetings will be hands-on workshops that are exact for learning SketchUp or just simple upgrading the industrial workflows. After that there will be a 3 day conference which is the most popular 3D basecamp ticket which includes the main Basecamp conference track with a set of bootcamp training workshops for both novice and medium SketchUp users. The total 5 days conference and training both can be attained by the specified ticket. By signing up for the 3D basecamp Conference and Essential Training ticket, SketchUppers can get the chance to take SketchUp 102 and 201 courses, a basic training for architectural design, design/build and interior design. Besides that, there is an important agenda of presentations like details and estimates, drones and scanning, VR and Visualization, 3D printing and CNC, concept art and prop making, low-poly and many more.

  • Here are workflow tips to follow while modeling in SketchUp:
  • Control the expression: Their initial drafts are fully hand-drawn as they follow traditional principles and use traditional elements like pedestals, columns, entablature etc.
  • Quality references: They always search the highest quality measured drawings of a certain order; with quality they never take a risk.
  • Know your form: Seeing a thing in a way matters while working on it.
  • Know the tools: SketchUp has always multiple solutions for every challenge, like there are lots of tools to work. Before working on any design, it is important to know the exact tools to use as it will add perfection.
  • Draw contours: Drawing in 2D may take longer than finishing 3D volumes but using shortcuts will help to make the exact layers.
  • Solid: modeling in all solids needs discipline and solid modeling principle is a fierce teacher but also a better option.
  • Components: It helps both performance and model management as it applies at multiple abstraction levels.
  • Combining independent parts: Always make separate parts of a design and then combine them it will give the sharp edged model.
  • Finalizing model: They finalize models after completing all other parts.


Classical Architectural Modelers talked about nine Workflow tips

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

"Adobe Dimension 2.0 is 3D for Graphic Designers”

Trimble Navigation is very excited to join with Adobe in announcing that native SketchUp interoperability has been added to Adobe Dimension 2.0.

Trimble Navigation is so excited and happy to share their announcement with everyone about their new ways of working with Adobe with using it. Here are some information about Adobe Max and Adobe Dimension 2.0.

Adobe Max: With Adobe everything is about the design process and their designs are being published at their annual creative conference called Adobe MAX. This year they have made it more impressive as the software giant is currently at its most improved with a focus on virtual reality, artificial intelligence and accommodating new programs to encourage the current generation of creative people. This huge seminar includes about 12000 creatives including influencers, guests, designers and developers from all over the world, for what was the biggest output the conference has ever seen. It was a grand opportunity to explore ideas, learn from experienced persons and influencers; besides that it became a new discussion platform to start a new era of art and technology for starting something fresh and new.

Adobe Dimension 2.0.: This New Year has been a wild ride like aggressively expel new features and abilities, engaging with Adobe’s user base and hearing peoples’ stories of exploring the new Dimension and upgrading new partnerships for Adobe across the wider 3D ecosystem. All of this has been included in this year’s Adobe MAX where they are launching the biggest update of Dimension so far which is Dimension v2.0 in front of the world’s creators, storytellers and our best friends.

Adobe Dimension v1.0 had come in the market a year before and it showed the world a new type of creative space, it is the one that brought the macrocosms of 2D graphic design and 3D modeling together into one simple tool. Dimension became an important tool for traditional Illustrator and Photoshop users as it gave a spatial context to classic graphic design work such as product packaging, product photo shoots and apparel design. For architects and interior designs, Adobe Dimension offered a new method to work with presentation renderings while for artists it helped them by blurring the line between 2D and 3D.

After releasing of the new version Dimension v2.0 the whole Adobe become very busy; they have improved the interoperability between Dimension and the rest of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications. Now this new release can natively reads SketchUp models with 100% fidelity so all the designs will now become more lively and beautiful than ever. 3D working will add more vibrant in the designs in every field, users now can create more new and creative designs for their clients and customers. People who are already subscriber of Adobe Creative Cloud can have the full release of Dimension to use and can also share their Dimension projects on the SketchUp 3D Warehouse with the #dimension for further share and use.

Sourcewww.blog.sketchup.com/article

Adobe Dimension 2.0 is 3D for Graphic Designers

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