Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Make your own architecture with sketchup wikihouse

Alastair Parvin is the co-founder of WikiHouse. It is the latest open-source architecture website through which one can select a home plan online and then download the free plan and gather sheets of plywood to the local CNC machine. After that the parts and tools are sliced for amassing the home. Transmit these pieces to the building site and create your house within few days with the help of others.


The plans concerning the structure of the WikiHouse are not generated from any architectural drawings instead of these are produced with Trimble Sketchup. The users get the ability to easily draft a structure and distribute it with the general public. The users also will be able to select a plan and customize it according to their requirements by applying the 3-D design program.

Here all the parts are numbered and finally the users will receive a full-size IKEA kit. There does not exist any bolts, screws as well as nails. The designs apply a wedge-and-peg system for constancy. The design library even consists of a printable mallet and ladder to be utilized in assembly. A group consisting of two or more people can easily create it by working in tandem.



Make your own architecture with sketchup wikihouse

Published by Tuhin Maity
Sketchup designer

Monday, January 27, 2014

Submit your sketchup tips/tricks and win $500

3Dconnexion is presenting another fabulous competition for sketchup lovers. The sketchup users have to just send one most useful sketchup tip or trick and the sender who has provided the best sketchup tips will receive $500 in Amazon gift cards.

To Participate in the competition, perform the Following:

Present your greatest general SketchUp tip or trick.


Present your top SketchUp tip or trick that you can produce with a 3D mouse.

The top 3 sets of entries will be rewarded the following prizes:

  • First Place — $500 Amazon Gift Card
  • Second Place — $250 Amazon Gift Card
  • Third Place — $100 Amazon Gift Card

The participants have to send their entries in a .doc, .docx or .txt file.

The participants have to abide by the following rules and regulations:-

  • All tips should be in English.
  • Submitted documents should contain the format like .doc, .docx or .txt
  • 3Dconnexion should posses the rights to all contest submissions and utilize this content or elements of it in any format. The sender can include their name as well as a link to their website with their submitted documents.
  • All entries should reach by midnight ET on Friday, February 14th.

Local currency prizes available for non-US residents.

Submit your sketchup tips/tricks and win 500 dollar

published by Tuhin Maity
Sketchup Designer

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Humber College is offering online courses on 3D landscape modeling through Sketchup Pro

Humber College is conducting an online course on sketchup which is known as Landscape Graphics with SketchUp Pro. The course is very useful for Landscape designers and architects, Permaculturists, Farmers, Land planners, Educators as well as anyone who want to use digital drafting.

By undergoing the course, the attendees can learn the following advanced technology.

  • a latest combined three-dimensional design and modelling method
  • Conventional presentation documents along with a complete set of 2-dimensional landscape plans
  • Computer-supported presentations, slide shows and animations
  • Incorporation with imported design components involving base maps and construction elements
  • 3-dimensional landscape modeling
  • Terrain modeling
  • Incorporation with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents.
  • Incorporation with Google maps.

For further information, visit humber.ca/appliedtechnology/part-time-programs or email -ceappliedtech@humber.ca or call 416.675.5094.

If anybody prefers to include a particular class to their Course List (from which one can make a registration form), please click the ADD button beside the class they wish to participate.


Humber College is offering online courses on 3D landscape modeling through Sketchup Pro

Published by Tuhin Maity
Sketchup Designer

Friday, January 17, 2014

SketchUcation Plugin Store v2.5.1

By applying SketchUcation Tools v2.5.0 the sketchup users can avail an extensive library formed with SketchUp Extensions and sketchup Plugins. This newly launched plugin store contains several advanced features to transform SketchUcation Tools to be the most desired extensions for SketchUp.

SketchUcation Tools is well versed with sketchup version 8 and sketchup 2013. It facilitates users to set up extensions and plugins into SketchUp with the PluginStore. The plugin store comprises of more than 800 plugins and extensions which are free for installation and application.

The sketchup users can access the following advantages from the plugin store:
  • Explore 800+ plugins and extensions for SketchUp**
  • Gather information, report bugs and contact directly with the author for any feature requests
  • Set up plugins or extensions directly into SketchUp through AutoInstall aspect.
  • Set up SketchUp plugins or extensions into custom folder locations.
  • Donate to the Author of a SketchUp plugin or extension
  • Control your installed SketchUp plugins and extensions
  • Save enabled/disabled 'Sets' of plugins or extensions
  • Uninstall plugins and extensions
  • AutoInstall a plugin from an 'Archive' (both ZIP and RBZ formats)
  • Toggle the visibility of the SketchUcation Toolbar
By undergoing Plugin and Extensions Managers the sketchup users can reconcile their SketchUp environment as per requirements. Identify what tools are requried on startup or for the time being load a tool for that particular session

With custom loadout defined the sketchup users can save these as 'Sets' for future. By uploading plugins and extensions into SketchUp, the sketchup users can eliminate avoidable items from their workspace and enhance their workflow.
With newly added ‘My set up’ to the SketchUcation Tools, the sketchup users can get superior control by apprehending any updates, set up and download per device.
It the sketchup users apply sketchup on diversified desktops as well as laptops then identifying their favorites among these will be more convenient.

Published by Tuhin Maity
Sketchup Designer

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Some useful tips for sketchup modelers while creating a sketchup model

Tip 1: While creating models for a small detailed object as for instance a light bulb filament or zipper pull, it becomes very difficult for sketchup users to find the perfect geometry or it becomes very complicated to maneuver the object inside the larger model.

To get rid of such issues, just follow these steps - Initially model the object at a bigger range like fifteen times the real scale. After completing it, create a group of the object and reduce it 15 times to the actual scale.

Tip 2: While dealing with an outsized site plan, the sketchup users often face problem to control sketchup models on screen as the models become unmanageable. There are several methods to cope up with the situation - keep away from multifaceted visual styles, turning off shadows as well as concealing groups and components on layers at the time of working. But if the sketchup users hide particular objects from view, they may not be able to complete the model successfully. So the users should follow some useful tips to maintain the objects to be detectable on screen and at the same time navigate the model as actively as per their requirements.

As for example the sketchup user deals with a site model and it necessitates that the users can view the exact location of numerous trees while starting the modeling process. If the user applies even fairly comprehensive 3d trees, the modeling process becomes very slower. Model an uncomplicated, low-polygon “popsicle" tree component and utilize that like a placeholder for the trees. Apply this low-poly model as a proxy and position it toward the exact location of the trees.

Once all the modeling process will be completed and scenes are placed, just right click on one of the popsicle tree components and opt for “reload” to explore more detailed 3d tree that fits in the final view. And if the detailed tree is already positioned on the site plan someplace in the file, click on the Components dialogue and select the home icon for viewing the list of components available in the existing file. With any "popsicle” tree Component selected, get the list within the detailed tree model, right-click over it and choose “Replace Selected”. In this case, just ensure that the component axis is identical for both proxy and detailed model.

The sketchup users can apply these tips for any kind of circumstances.

Published by Tuhin Maity
Sketchup Designer
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Introduction to Interior Design and SketchUp

London school of Design will be going to conduct a course on sketchup. The course details are as follows:-

SketchUp (Advanced) : This is a 3 week course/ 1 Day per week, Wednesdays (10.00 – 17.00),1 hour lunch break (13.00 – 14.00).

Course 1: February 12 – March 5, 2014

(there will be no classes on February 19)

Course 2: April 2 – April 30, 2014

(there will be no classes on April 9 and 16)

Course 3: June 4 – June 18, 2014

All the participating students must join before 10 minutes of commencing the classes.

The course is useful for intermediate as well as advanced users. The attendees can learn the following from these classes:-

Day 1: In first day, the sketchup users will gather knowledge on components which involve axes, swapping components, dynamic components, reprocessing accessible geometry, libraries. Special focus will be give on Staircase. Learn to produce a smart staircase by applying dynamic components as well as straight flight, dog-leg stair with landing, spirals.

Day 2: In 2nd day, there will be brief demonstration on Plugins. Learn the basic of plugin and its various applications. Also learn how plugins can save huge time for sketchup users. Get acquainted with the top ten most recognized plugins for sketchup users.

Day 3: In 3rd day, the attendee will gather knowledge on scenes, layers, styles, outliner, texture. Also learn how to categorize SketchUp model for presentation or exports as well as how to maneuver exported images in Photoshop.

  • Importing/Exporting JPEG, DXF to be utilized as reference/concepts.
  • Moving forward with SketchUp – gadgets, 3D mouse, tablets, 3D scanners, 3D printing.

Go through the following tutorial which will facilitate the attendees to get some useful ideas on what sketch can perform and what one can discover from the Beginners class through to the Advanced tutorials.

What the attendees should fetch with them?

  • Bring your personal laptop/powerbook in each day of the SketchUp course. One can also pre-load the free SketchUp software before participating the course. One can also download their copy direct from http://www.sketchup.com/. Also confirm that your laptop is configured for Internet connections.
  • A 3-button mouse having left click, right click and central scroll.
  • A USB flash drive that contains minimum 4Gb memory.
  • An A4 or A5 size notebook and pen/pencil.

Please note - The course is useful for both Windows and Mac users. One can also bring their own Mac or Windows laptop to this skills class.

For more information, send mail to info@londonschoolofdesign.org or give a call at 020-3036-0657

In order to get the perfect specifications recommended by the SketchUp helpdesk, go through the following link - www.help.sketchup.com

Published by Tuhin Maity
Sketchup Designer

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sketchup Basics with Daniel Tal : An exclusive webinar for sketchup professionals

Daniel Tal, the most recognized landscape architect and author will conduct a 1 hour session on 10th January, 2014 at 10:00a - 11:00a PST evaluating SketchUp and how it can be a useful tool for Site Design. The attendees of this session will get a detailed synopsis of SketchUp tools, competences, techniques as well as various sketchup resources to learn sketchup independently. The attendees can also learn how to generate an uncomplicated site plan with sketchup and how to apply various tools to model their projects.

Daniel will offer some take aways along with models and guides useful for newbie sketchup users.

Webinar summarize - Introduction to SketchUp:
  • Who is Daniel Tal (quick)
  • SketchUp Capabilities
  • Working with CAD
  • Terrain Modeling
  • Animation
  • Design Assessment Tool
  • Project Types

SketchUp Basics

  • Getting Started With SketchUp
  • SketchUp Pro vs SketchUp Make
  • Basic Tools overview
  • Modeling a simple house
  • Modeling a site plan
  • Entourage

SketchUp Resources

  • Books
  • Videos and Guides
  • Education and classes
  • Take Aways - components, guides and more

Published by Tuhin Maity
Sketchup Designer

Thursday, January 2, 2014

RPS 3D PDF Version 2.0 for Sketchup

Render Plus system introduces The RPS 3D PDF Exporter plugin for sketchup which is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013.

With the RPS 3D PDF Exporter the sketchup users will be able to select and transform any SketchUp models into interactive 3D PDF files. Later on these files can be transferred on a web page, or send to clients to be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

This sketchup plugin can be utilized to export 3D geometry involving colors and textures into an Interactive 3D frame in the Adobe PDF file. Through the 3D PDF Wizard, the users can insert titles, notes and comments to the PDF document as well as integrate text and background images with your model conveniently.

The latest version of the plugin is RPS 3D PDF Version 2.0. This improved version contains a new system to form the PDF background. It now supports a wide array of fonts and sizes. The users can also generate batch files to automate the formation of 3D PDFs.

Published by Rajib Dey
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