Cebas has unveiled the trail version of thinkingParticles 6 for superior particle rendering

cebas has introduced the trial version of thinkingParticles 6 and it can be downloaded. The trial version contains almost the same functionality to the original version but some restrictions are included.

Cebas is giving opportunity to the customers to analyze the newest version of thinkingParticles for an unlimited period of time and to gather knowledge of the latest features as well as become efficient with the rule-based, multi-physics FX aptitude of thinkingParticles.

The following are the limitations of the trial version of thinkingParticles. There exist production-associated items to a large extent and some rendering constraints that will not have an effect on basic application for FX formations.

Limitations:

  • Particles: Lack of rendering options
  • Particles: Lack of Export function
  • Meshes: Generated only in View port display
  • Materials: rendering output is not supported
  • Composite Material display only in View port
  • Particle caching: Not accessible in the Trial Version
  • Physics Simulation caching: not accessible
  • thinkingParticles Scenes: ‘save’ option does not exist
  • Black Boxes: ‘save’ option does not exist
  • 3rd Party Plug-In Support does not exist in the trial version
  • External Particle is unavailable (Mesher/Snapshot)
  • TD-Tool support for producing TP Particle Systems: not available
  • Scripting in general is immobilized in the trial version

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An exclusive 3d design challenge organized by Google & the State of Vermont

With the support of google, the Preservation Trust of Vermont, Hartford High School, Vermont’s Agency of Education, Division of Historic Preservation, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development and the State of Vermont have tied a knot to organize the Vermont High School Town History in 3D competition for the first time.

The motto of this 3d competition is to restore the Vermont historical buildings and their amazing past to life with the use of 3D modeling software Sketchup and 3D printing technology.

High School students from all through the state have to work in tandem with the teams to explore and produce 3D models of historical buildings in their area. With their methods, they will expose and document the history of buildings and come up with a multimedia presentation to go along with their printed 3D models.

All accomplished models along with their associated multimedia presentations will be submitted into a statewide spring invitational showcase where all these will be evaluated for their technical supremacy, architectural accurateness and historical research and presentation.

SYNOPSIS OF COMPETITION: Each school that has joined the competition should manage a team having 2 to 10 students as well as a faculty adviser. The faculty member will provide training to each team and perform as a point of contact with the competition organizers.

Mike Hathorn, a history and 3D printing teacher at Hartford High School, will provide a free lesson in Sketchup training to all faculty coaches. Besides, Mike will also carry out 3D training seminars at Hartford High School through Google Hangout for faculty participating distantly.

The participating students can learn the following knowledge from their coaches:

  • Apply Sketchup to generate 3D models
  • Design in Google Earth
  • Be introduced to their communities through directed research
  • Make a multimedia presentation on the building to come with the 3D model
  • Present their ideas to peers, experts in the field, and community members

RULES: Each team will comprise 2 to 10 Vermont high school students and one faculty advisor.

There should be a single team for each Vermont high school.

Each team has to produce 3D printed models of historical buildings in their district. Each team can submit unlimited models. Models must be scaled at 1:400.

Each team will arrange a multimedia presentation to go along with the 3D model. The presentation may come up with the use of audio and written narrative, photographs, drawings, animation and video. It must concentrate on the following:

  • The origins of the building including key dates
  • Discussion of its architectural style and details
  • Highlights of the buildings evolution over time
  • Description of its present application

The work of the individual team will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Architectural exactness of the 3D printed model.
  • Level of detail integrated in the 3D printed model.
  • Historical precision of the multimedia presentation.
  • Depth of research. More specific detail will lead to a higher score.
  • Uniqueness and inventiveness of the multimedia presentation (ie. students get rid of the practice like reprinting a Wikipedia entry).

FIRST PLACE: The team who will win the competition, get 10 Nexus 7 tablets for their school

SECOND PLACE: The second place holder will get 5 Nexus 7 tablets for their school.

TOP FINISHERS: Everyone on the top two teams will receive t shirt and every attending student will get a certificate of participation.

The final event will be the high school Olympiad of architectural history in Vermont. All participating schools have to bring their teams to the event, at which they will put their buildings on a giant map of Vermont at its equivalent geographic location. Each team will have their models containing a QR code and linking to the multimedia presentation they have built up.

A panel of judges will assess the models through a rubric to check the model quality and genuineness as compared to the real building in addition to the intensity of the related multimedia presentation.

Register online

3d design challenge organized by Google

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Arka Roy

www.sketchup4architect.com

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E-on software introduces LumenRT 2015 GeoDesign and LumenRT 2015 Studio

E-on software declares the availability of two new products alias LumenRT 2015 GeoDesign and LumenRT 2015 Studio for handling all the Architectural and GeoDesign projects.

LumenRT 2015 is very useful for producing superior quality images, videos, and immersive media directly from any CAD/BIM/GIS solution. LumenRT 2015 is compatible with Autodesk Revit, Bentley MicroStation, Esri CityEngine, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and Trimble Sketchup.

LumenRT GeoDesign can be applied to deal with very large & complex scenes as well as import custom terrain height maps and animation for large scale traffic animations through MicroStation Traffic or VISSIM.

LumenRT 2015 consist of a latest real-time rendering platform known as Dynamic Immersive Visualization Engine or DIVE. The DIVE platform offers outstanding visual performance and pragmatism, managing most complicated & detailed scenes.

LumenRT 2015 comes with some advanced features like Interactive Scene Authoring and Editing, improved realism through latest DIVE technology, Seasonal vegetation with altering colors, Graphisoft ArchiCAD assimilation.

LumenRT 2015 provides the following benefits to the users:-

  • Organize designs in a rich natural context with the addition of seasonal trees, moving vehicles, animated characters, wind-blown skies, and terrains.
  • Generate custom terrains with height maps.
  • Demonstrate real-time traffic animations through MicroStation Traffic or VISSIM.
  • Output excellent HD high-fidelity images and videos up to 3840 x 2160.
  • Make walk-thru presentations involving layering, sectioning, and BIM information.
  • Carry out lighting and time-of-day studies.
  • Distribute 3D Immersive LiveCubes™ with clients and colleagues.

LumenRT Studio is specifically designed for architects and BIM professionals and is accessible at the introductory price of $795 (SRP $995).

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Participate with 3d printing design challenge organized by 3D systems & CGTrader

CGTrader is making alliance with one 3D Systems, the big name in 3d printing technology, to organize an exclusive artistic design competetion. The competition will continue from November 14 , 2014, to January 11, 2015.

The theme of the competition is 3D printed art for the living space. The participants have to submit entries for furniture, wall art, sculpture, vases, figurines, product design or home decor. The overall winner of the Best Portfolio category will receive a CubePro 3D printer worth $2,799. The champion of the ‘Best Model’ category will get a 3Doodler pen.

All the participants have to upload their designs to CG Trader, whereupon they can provide a price on these designs. There exit two categories for the challenge. The first one is the Best Model Category with one winner and two runner-ups. The reward is given for the most excellent 3D Art models uploaded throughout the competition phase.

The winner will receive:

  • A CubePro printer by 3D Systems
  • One roll of Innofil3D fillament by Igo3d
  • One roll of Ninjaflex fillament by Fennerdrives
  • 200 USD in credits by CG Trader
  • Promotional features by CG Trader

The runners-up will receive:

  • One roll of Innofil3D fillament by Igo3d
  • 100 USD in credits by CGTrader
  • Promotional features by CGTrader

The second category refers to the Best 3D Art Portfolio Category with one winner and two runners-up. The winner will get:

  • One 3Doodler by 3Doodler
  • One roll of Innofil3D fillament by Igo3d
  • One roll of Ninjaflex fillament by Fennerdrives
  • 300 USD in credits by CG Trader
  • Promotional features by CG Trader

The runners-up will get:

  • One roll of Innofil3D fillament by Igo3d
  • 100 USD in credits by CG Trader
  • Promotional features by CG Trader

In order to participate, join the 3D Systems Art Challenge forum over at 3DPB.com.

Participate with 3d printing design challenge

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www.sketchup4architect.com

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Brighter 3D version 2.2.0 is now compatible with sketchup 2015

After successful application of Brighter3d version 2.1, the most updated version alias Brighter3d version 2.2 is arrived in the market to transform your rendering skills to the next level.

With Brighter3d version 2.2, the users can render all their sketchup scenes easily and efficiently. Brighter3d version 2.2 is compatible with 64bit version as same as sketchup 2015. While setting up the software, it automatically select 64bit or 32bit as per your sketchup installation.

Brighter3d version 2.2 is well versed with various sketchup versions like 8/2013/2014 and 2015.

Brighter3d version 2.2 comes up with some exciting features like high speed renderings, larger scenes, superior texture resolutions having all the computer memory at your fingertips.

Download it now

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Arka Roy

www.sketchup4architect.com

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Streamline your Sketchup and BIM workflow with Unifi

Unifi streamlines the BIM content management process by automatically connecting with the BIM tools as per your choice. Unifi easily deal with numerous Autodesk Revit & Trimble Sketchup models. Unifi is well versed with Sketchup 2009 to sketchup 2015 series as well as Revit 2012 to Revit 2015 series. Unifi facilitates the Revit users to take advantages of the following features:-

  • Full parameter indexing
  • Batch Family export
  • System Family indexing
  • Manage details
  • Automatic connection to any open Revit
  • Direct content insert into active project
  • Batch loading into active project

The sketchup users can enjoy the following features:-

  • Full parameter indexing
  • Batch Component export
  • Dynamic Component compatible
  • Automatic connection to any open Sketchup
  • Direct content insert into active project
  • Batch loading into active project

The most updated version of Unifi is v1.5.1 and next version i.e. 1.5.3 is waiting to be released soon.

Download a free 14 day trial today.

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Arka Roy

www.sketchup4architect.com

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Online Toy Design Starter Course for sketchup professionals

This course is basically designed for teaching the fundamentals of 3D modeling in Sketchup as well as highly developed processes useful for small sized product design, joints and designing parts to be “snap fit”, preparing files for 3D printing through Shapeways, and arranging your Shapeways Shop page to put up your items for sale. By undergoing the course one can get a base action figure model that can be customized, renovated and sold in his/her own shop.

Space is limited to 10 students per class, however, if demand is high enough a second class can be offered for Sunday nights.

There will be also presentation on the program Netfab and the Sketchfab and Shapeways services at the end of the course. Netfab is a free program through which one can verify his/her models for mistakes prior to 3D printing. Sketchfab provides web services to display, share and embed 3d files online. Shapeways is the online service for creating 3D print of any models.

There will be three types of classes:-

  • The $50 Live classes – These classes that will be held in the Google Hangouts and the participants have to upload their projects for appraisal. Live students can get access to the recorded sessions for viewing them once more afterward. At the end of the course, the participants can get access to the finished minifigure model.
  • The $40 Video + classes – With these classes, the participants can have the course files, the video recordings, and get the ability to upload their models for review. The participants who need feedback on their work then this course is ideal for them. At the end of the course, Video+ students will also obtain a copy of the completed minifigure model.
  • The $30 classes Video – These classes are specially designed for them who will be unable to commit the class time and would like to watch the recorded sessions after the fact. These participants can’t upload their projects for appraisal. The participants can access to the lesson files. At the end of the course Video Only students could not get access to the completed minifigure but they can have access to all the part spec sheets so in order to model their own figure based off of these specs.

Location of the job will be Dubai, United Arab Emirates and monthly salary US $3,000. Candidates having UAE experience and a driving license will get the preference.

Register your seat immediately as the seats are limited 10 students for each class.

Online Toy Design Starter Course for sketchup professionals

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www.sketchup4architect.com

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Enjoy superior rendering with FluidRay RT integration plugin for SketchUp

FluidRay RT integration plugin for SketchUp has just been launched. This latest 3d modeling application is compatible with SketchUp 2013/2014 Windows version. Now one can render with FluidRay RT directly from inside sketchup.

FluidRay RT integration plugin for SketchUp will facilitate the users to import scenes, objects and materials directly from leading 3d modeling softwares like Alias Wavefront (.obj), SketchUp (*.skp)†, Rhino OpenNurbs (*.3dm), Collada (*.dae), FBX (*.fbx) , 3DS (*.3ds, *.ase), DirectX (.X), Stanford PLY (*.ply).

FluidRay RT contains the following exclusive features:-

  • Produce real-time & perfect Global Illumination substantially.
  • Perform high speed rendering with Intel Embree ray-tracing kernels.
  • Provide superior rendering quality devoid of tweaking impenetrable rendering parameters.
  • Various impartial real-time algorithms to deal with all potential lighting configurations: Bidirectional Path Tracing, Direct Lighting, Path Tracing.
  • Metropolis Sampling.
  • Synchronized Ambient Occlusion.
  • Comes up with whole system RAM without any GPU memory restriction. Having ability to render scenes through unlimited triangles and multiple GB of textures.

The users can download a 15-days free trial version containing all the aspects of the paid version as well as no limited resolution or watermarks.

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www.sketchup4architect.com

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A position is vacant for sketchup, AutoCad and 3ds Max Designer in Dubai

Toscana Landscaping & Pools, a Dubai based leading design and build swimming pool and landscaping company, is seeking a innovative designer well versed with Sketchup; Autocad and preferably 3D Max skills to work in tandem with design department.

The ideal candidates should have solid background in design as well as minimum 5 years practical working experience. Besides, they should possess Bachelor’s degree / higher diploma. They should have the capability to work independently without taking too much helps from others to design a project and follow it through to detailing and contract closure.

The candidates must be proficient with hand sketch as well as rendering design proposals and create models in 3D Sketchup. They should have sound knowledge in CAD.

Location of the job will be Dubai, United Arab Emirates and monthly salary US $3,000. Candidates having UAE experience and a driving license will get the preference.

Apply Online

sketchup, AutoCad and 3ds Max Designer

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www.sketchup4architect.com

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How LumenRT 2015 along with Sketchup was utilized to develop the Mobile River Bridge project in Alabama

The Alabama Dept of Transportation (ALDOT) will be developing the I-10 Mobile River Bridge which is a new six-lane bridge having 215 feet of Air Draft Clearance (ADC) across the Mobile River. The location of the project is in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama.

ALDOT has applied LumenRT on this greatly recognized Mobile River Bridge project to complete it fruitfully. (www.mobileriverbridge.com).

ALDOT used LumenRT 2015 to produce immersive 3D LiveCube™ visualizations concerning a 10 km square area of the projected bridge and adjacent site area. Some leading 3D software like Esri CityEngine, Bentley MicroStation, and Trimble Sketchup models together with VISSIM and Bentley Traffic vehicle animations were utilized to create the LiveCubes.

Besides, the LiveCubes™ comprised of more than 50,000 3D breeze animated trees, numerous animated vehicles, wave-animated water and a complete 3D environment containing moving clouds and haze.

Get the complete story at: www.lumenrt.com/showcase

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www.sketchup4architect.com

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