Trimble will be going to launch Trimble® Business Center version 3.40 compatible with Sketchup Pro

Trimble has made a new addition to its office software by introducing Trimble® Business Center version 3.40 and it provides huge advantages to the geospatial professionals.

Trimble Business Center 3.40 facilitates the users who perform with their visual data to export assembled images into SketchUp Pro and produce realistic 3D models of buildings, bridges and diversified other objects. The users will be able to carry out direct modeling out of images as well as handle data, generate deliverables instantly.

With Trimble Business Center 3.40 the users can easily extract objects all along vertical walls like façade reconstruction in quickest possible way. Besides, the users get the ability to determine and sketch line work perfect in dimension directly on the panoramas, abolishing the practice for taking out photo points for making line work.

Trimble Business Center performs as a strong geospatial office software suite that can deal with, evaluate and process all field survey data ranging from optical, GNSS and imaging data. This newest application facilitates the geospatial professionals to perform with imaging and optical data in the office. Some significant improvements include using the Trimble V10 Imaging Rover devoid of a positioning sensor; superior image processing capability in complicated areas; functionality to export visual data into SketchUp Pro; and generating dimensionally correct measurements from a plane. All these features empower the geospatial professionals to produce convincing deliverables effectively for their clients.

There are also supplementary applications like interior mapping, bridge inspection, and crime and crash scene investigation included in Trimble Business Center 3.40 useful for both geospatial and non-geospatial professionals.

The users can access Trimble Business Center version 3.40 in November 2014 through Trimble’s Geospatial Distribution Channel.

Trimble Business Center version 3.40 compatible with Sketchup Pro

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How sketchup was utilized to create the world’s first ever 3d printed robotic parrot

Brian Matthews, the owner of Flapping Sprocket website, has developed world’s first ever 3d printed robotic parrot by applying the most recognized 3d drawing program sketchup for creating the design of all the parts of the parrot.

In order to get the view of a 3d parrot, Brian initially downloaded a drawn version from sketchup 3d warehouse. Afterwards, he put his downloaded model and makes a fresh start through sketching profile as well as front views of a parrot illustrated from web photos imported to sketchup. He also utilizes three leading plugins like .STL export, Fredo’s Junction push-pull, and TIG’s Smart Offset plugin to complete the project successfully.

 

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Trimble® MEPdesigner for SketchUp 1.0 – the newest sketchup extension to Sketchup Pro

Trimble just launched Trimble® MEPdesigner for SketchUp, the most updated extension to SketchUp Pro available in extension warehouse. This sketchup extension is intended for MEP contractors to employ CAD and BIM technology easily and quickly. The MEP contractors can shift from a 2D to 3D work surroundings, via SketchUp Pro.

Providing support to electrical systems objects along with conduit, cable trays and device boxes as well as integrating object data and other MEP systems specific, Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp version 1.0 will be best choice for MEP contractors to fulfill their requirements.

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp contains some handy tools which can custom components and route conduit inside the SketchUp Pro platform. There will be also wide-ranging database of user and manufacturer generated models pre-populated in the SketchUp 3D Warehouse.

The MEP contractors can effortlessly perform with other contractors on projects with the application of 3D modeling with Trimble MEPdesigner, via the IFC export in SketchUp. It will also minimize RFI and rework costs.

As a added advantage, Trimble MEPdesigner utilizes the new Trimble Connect collaboration platform for design, engineering and construction projects.

Trimble MEPdesigner will facilitate the MEP contractors to use some diversified new and accessible solutions for SketchUp Pro together with Trimble Field Points for SketchUp. It allows the contractors to arrange layout points in their model and export them to Trimble Field Link for MEP, through which they can use their 3D model in the field for accurateness of MEP systems placement.

Availability: Trimble MEPdesigner will be accessible in December 2014 directly through Trimble’s MEP sales organization or through the SketchUp Extension Warehouse.

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp 1.0

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Integration between Sketchup 2015 & SightSpace 3D Mobile Augmented Reality App

Limitless Computing Inc., the most recognized developer of 3D mobile Augmented Reality (AR), just declared that its SightSpace 3D Mobile AR apps is now compatible with Trimble SketchUp 2015 facilitating sketchup users to transform their models mobile easily and at the same time apply Augmented Reality to superimpose it onto the live camera feed through a gadget for getting the preview in realistic environment and real time.

With the help of SightSpace 3D with AR, the users can integrate their digital models to scale produced in Trimble SketchUp as well as the Trimble 3D Warehouse, and Google Earth with a real world surroundings, in real time. Besides, the users can perform the activities like annotate, bookmark views, capture screenshots, and distribute notes and photos.

SightSpace 3D Mobile AR apps for sketchup 2015 is available in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese languages. There is a 14-day free trial of a SightSpace Pro subscription to provide highly developed features and capabilities along with attaching an external GPS for perfect AR, location markers for AR useful for inside application as well as photo markup and annotation, animated bookmarks, dimensions, and more. The users can also access the Apple and Android versions for $39.99.

With Augmented Reality (AR) products for Trimble SketchUp, the users will be able to visualize buildings, materials, fixtures, and lot other before time through a mobile gadget and communicate scale and context efficiently, save time and money, and accomplish projects in quickest possible way by conveying designs to life in a real-world perspective.

Sketchup 2015 and SightSpace 3D Mobile Augmented Reality App

Image Courtsey : http://www.limitlesscomputing.com

For getting more updates, visit www.LimitlessComputing.com

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3D Pen – a newest technology ahead

The newest technology in the world of 3D modeling is 3D pen.

With the world’s latest affordable 3D-printing technology, 3D pens, a designer can make solid drawings and craft impressive sculptures. But how can a designer use this marvelous tool?

If you are going to start new profession in full swing, then this small and smart 3D printing pen will assist you definitely. The pen, dubbed 3Doodler that can ‘write’ in three dimensions.

Experts says, the pen, which works something like a glue gun, allows the user to wave it in mid-air to create a three-dimensional rendering.

3D Pen – a newest technology ahead

The 3Doodler plugs into an electrical outlet and oozes a thin strand of heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies, allowing the user to build an infinite variety of patterns and shapes.

It can create 3D designs on flat surfaces or in the air.

Spaghetti-like strands of ABS thermoplastic in a range of colors can be loaded into the back of the pen, and WobbleWorks says each one-foot strand of plastic can produce about 11 feet of moldable material.

This 3D printing pen has great potential and can be a perfect tool for stylists, architects, designers and anybody who are interested in 3D printing. We also continually have new ideas of how to restructure our 3D technology.

The prime features of the 3D pen are:

  • It helps impressive art, jewellery, sculptures, and a variety of homeware.
  • It helps traditional and digital artists looking to express their creativity on a new level.
  • The children and parents are looking for clean and easy creative projects to enjoy;
  • The hobbyists are looking to acquire useful tips, tricks, and working practices to make the most out of their 3D-printing pens.

The pen has some nice plus points:

  • It is small in size.
  • It is light weighted.
  • Using is noiseless.
  • It offers extreme portability.
  • It is very comfortable to use.
  • It has beautiful design.
  • It has aluminum body.
  • Filament 1.75 mm.
3D Pen – a newest technology ahead
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How drones, digital photogrammetry & 3d printing technology can streamline the surveying process

Recently some significant changes are taken place in geological surveys with the introduction of drones and Digital photogrammetry that can substitute the old manual process of 2d mapping with 3d printed models. Thus photogrammetry can automate the surveying process by producing complicated, 3D models.

Digital photogrammetry is the system of taking dimensions from digital photographs by applying remote sensing and speedy imaging to record exact positions of surface points in 2D and 3D precisely.

Drones provide immense benefits for obtaining data from regions (rocky cliffs) that are usually very tough for surveyors. Drones facilitate the surveyors to generate numerous points in quickest possible time.

digital photogrammetry and 3d printing technology

Drones Imaging utilizes PhotoScan photogrammetry software to create the 3D models out of the images and data its drones produce. The images are formed with .obj format. The next level of exactitude entails 3DReshaper, which can fine-tune the 3D models and make them ready for printing.

Recently 3D printing has evolved in such a way that it can now be applied in line with digital photogrammetry and 3D modeling to create 3D printed models of the correlated data. Some leading 3d modeling programs like Sketchup comes up efficiently in transforming 2D- and 3D-survey data into functional 3D models. The advanced 3D printed is the part and parcel of this avant-garde process.

digital photogrammetry and 3d printing technology

It is expected tha the 3D printing technology will advance at an alarming rate in near future and Drones Imagining can bring superior 3D printed models that will keep the accuracy of the present, smaller-scale ones.

digital photogrammetry and 3d printing technology

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Some useful sketchup tips on sketchup sandbox tools

SketchUp sandbox conception denotes a surface that is created and controlled through sandbox tools. A sandbox in SketchUp as well as other 3D modeling tools can be termed as a triangulated irregular network or TIN in terrain modeling jargon.

TIN is similar to a sandbox as it contains a boundary along with a sculpted surface (sand). Sandbox tools are available inside SketchUp which can be applied for generating and maneuvering TINs.

In TIN, there are various connected triangular faces which appear to be one continuous smooth surface if they are smoothed.

Besides producing terrain with the sandbox tools, one will be able to generate other organic shapes (the shapes like crafted manually) with these tools.

The sandbox tools are also compatible with polygon mesh which is another type of TIN-like surface. A polygon mesh is identical to a TIN, but having faces over three vertices.

SketchUp’s Sandbox from Scratch tool and Sandbox from Contours tool only generate TINs, but one can import a polygon mesh as well as make a polygon mesh (by hand) applying other SketchUp tools.

Triangulation: Triangles in a TIN are adjustable in diverse directions. The orientation of triangles is denoted as triangulation. In a TIN some triangles can be adjusted vertically and at the same time others can be adjusted horizontally. It is vital as some sandbox tools facilitate the users to modify the direction of the triangles in order to further smooth TINs.

How to generate a TIN: The following methods can help a user to get a starting TIN as the basis of their model :-

  • Produce or import contour lines and apply the Sandbox From Contours tool for generating a TIN.
  • Import an image of a site plan or contour map and use the freehand tool to get its contours. Subsequently, fine-tune the contours to their exact elevation and apply the Sandbox From Contours tool to make a TIN.
  • Import a TIN applying the SketchUp ArcGIS Plug-in accessible on the SketchUp Plugins index. ArcGIS is Geographic Information System for performing with geographical information like the location of buildings inside a world-wide global coordinate system.
  • Import a digital terraIn Model (DTM) file.
  • Make sandbox (TIN) with the Sandbox From Scratch tool.

How to alter a TIN: There are several tools inside sketchup which are useful for altering TINs. These tools range from Sandbox From Scratch, Sandbox From Contours, Smoove, Drape, Add Detail, Flip Edge etc. These sandbox tools are applied to produce organic geometry or geometry that looks like hand-crafted.

Functional terrain: The phrase functional terrain can describe a terrain having no portion bending back upon itself generating overhangs, underhangs, or caves. While sketching a vertical line through the terrain at any point as well as the line only touches the terrain at one point, the terrain will be in operation.

It is vital as some specific tools like the Smoove tool, can produce unanticipated results at the time of performing with nonfunctional terrain (the neighboring points incorporated in the sculpting operation by the Smoove tool are frequently unwanted)..

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Explore with various 3d modeling technologies & DIY activities with Delaware Libraries Inspiration Space

The Delaware Division of Libraries declares the availability of Delaware Libraries Inspiration Space.

The Delaware Division of Libraries is a state based agency that proposes free access to the online catalog; Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/classes, community partnerships, and lots other for Delawareans.

Delaware Libraries Inspiration Space is an informal community learning environment as well as mini-makerspaces for all Delawareans. It is a collective, imaginative space where people can explore various technologies and DIY activities. Besides, it also provides the career opportunities facilitating Delawareans to get a job in the market.

Explore with various 3d modeling technologies

Inspiration Space services can be accessed at all libraries all through the Delaware; the leading three locations are the Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown public libraries. All public libraries consist of laptops with 3D modeling, design, and coding software as well as programs on Coding, Digital Photography and MinecraftEdu. Till now seven libraries possess 3D printers, green screens, and design software: Dover, Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes, Milton, Wilmington, and Woodlawn. For 3D printing, Delawareans can design an object with the help of any PC in a public library or from home, and then make it printable in one of these seven libraries which contain a 3D printer, Design, Coding, Entrepreneur software comprises Cura, SketchUp Make, Blender, Scratch, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Photoshop Elements, MinecraftEdu, Quickbooks, Business Plan Pro, ReferenceUSA, and Learning Express. Hardware comprises DLSR cameras, Green screens, Lighting kits, and Wacom tablets.

If any organization wants to create alliance with libraries, please contact the Delaware Division of Libraries.

For more information, contact:
Beth-Ann Ryan, Deputy Director
Delaware Division of Libraries
www.lib.de.us
beth-ann.ryan@state.de.us
302-257-3002

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Best way to clean 3D printer

There are so many attractive technique to advance the performance, as well as strength and sturdiness, of a 3D printer. This is an up-and-coming industry, thus modernization, discoveries and improvements in the way things are done are continually being discovered. It’s oftentimes the small developments, and ideas, which make the major divergence.

This is certainly the case with a little machine called the Universal Filament Filter, created by a company based in Sweden called Creative Tools. The main part is so small that it can be 3D printed within an hour. What it does, is help to clean and oil filament use in an FFF/FDM 3D printer.

Once the main part is printed, a minute piece of foam, or a sponge, should be cut to dimensions just about the size of the 3D printed part. This piece can then be pushed into the hole within the filter. Once this is done, you are ready to feed the end of a reel of filament in through the hole, making sure it goes directly through the sponge situated inside, and out the other end. It may make it trouble-free to cut off a little piece of filament on an angle, so that the end of the spool is sharp and can more easily pass though the sponge.

Now, just add a little bit of mineral oil, which can be found at almost any convenience store, to the sponge, and you are ready to go.

The filament filter should be placed somewhere in the area between the reel and the extruder, so that the filament which is fed into the extruder first passes through the filter.

What the filter does is oil the filament, while also cleaning any dust or other particles from it. In doing so, you will reduce the strain on the extruder’s motor, making it last longer and perform better. In addition, the filter will prevent clogging of the extruder caused by dirty or dusty filament, an all too common problem users run into with desktop 3D printers.

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Interview with Warunyoo Songkran – an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

My name is Warunyoo Songkran. I am a managing director of a small engineering consultant company in Thailand (before that I worked for a company named Premier Energy (PME)). My expertise is the construction of large biogas harvesting systems. I have been using SketchUp for more than 3 years. Now SketchUp is the only one tool I use for my engineering work.

I found SketchUp by accident 3 years ago. One of my friends came to see me and showed me one of his SketchUp model. I asked him many questions about this amazing program. One question I asked him is ” Can we use SketchUp for doing design detail or some kind of construction drawings. The answer was ” No”. However I did not believe him and in that night I did my First SketchUp model. It was totally bad.

After practicing for weeks, I decided to show one of my work to my team. My long journey with SketchUp was started since then.

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

You had designed and constructed more than 12 waste-to-energy projects around Thailand. What was the most challenging project and how did you apply sketchup in this project?

Yes, But with all of my engineering teams.

I wanted to apply SketchUp at every stage of my company work. I have tried several time to use SketchUp in all Stage of my construction projects but they were failed. However the most challenging project was the last project before I resigned from PME as Engineering Department Manager.

In this project I used my dynamic component databases to assembly the construction project prototype within SketchUp. This SketchUp model will serve as the studying model for everyone in my team to share their ideas to help preventing conflicts and problems when construction phase was started. Bill of materials was also created directly from SketchUp model. Because the construction plans and drawings were changed several time, SketchUp dynamic component database can help my team to handle this problem without too much stress and efforts (comparing to AutoCAD).

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

3d construction modeling in my opinion is the process where all parties or individuals who are involved in the construction project use simple 3d modeling program to make what I call ” construction project prototype”. This prototype does not explain only physical characteristics of the building (or every kind of construction projects) but al so the methods and processes of the construction. BIM is tool hard for Thai engineers and contractors that is why I have chosen SketchUp which is more easy and fun (effective).

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

BIM requires the combination of information with 3d model. Sketchup is similar to BIM in this way. Dynamic Component is information and 3d model. Moreover The latest version of sketchup can export IFC file to work with other BIM software.

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

Actually, Sketchup pro 8 is enough for my work. Sketchup 2014 is more faster I think it helps my workflow in this way.

I would like to see SketchUp to be some kind of 3d software that:

  • Easy to use
  • ery fun to use
  • Very effective to use

It should not be like BIM software which is very hard to learn and use.

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

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Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

Dynamic Component Database is very important for me so I am focusing on creating dynamic components for using in my projects.

The real potential of sketchup for construction project is the dynamic component. Do not stop using sketchup until you can expert in using this dynamic component.

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

Ur Space Magazine is the most English Magazine I read. I think is it cool that someone make very useful for everyone of free. Keep up good work.

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - an environmental engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy

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www.sketchup-ur-space.com

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