SketchUp – some tips and tactics

SketchUp is known for its speed activities. It is a quick 3D modeling programme. It often uses as landscaping architects. SketchUp is not so tough to learn, but it takes some time to become expert in this trade. Kevin Pfeiffer, writer of landarchs.com has come up with this article. We made an excerpt.

Yes, there are some shortcuts to save the time; still it will take some time to learn. We are trying to present some tricks for your help:-

How to lock axis: Functioning shape on 3D space on a 2D screen is not simple. There is much confusion taken place automatically. If you shift to a circle, you may feel that it would go up along y-axis, witnessed that goes along z-axis. In that case you have to use arrow keys for locking the axis. The up and down arrows are Y-axis (Blue) and in the left, the Z-axis (green), then turn right x-axis (red). The movement will be known from here.

Arrow Keys To Lock Axis

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Use of array tool: Many people simply copy and paste the sketchup shape objects and other things. Many people also repeatedly try Ctrl+v to paste it. It is suggested to use AutoCAD array tool for speedy use of sketchup.

Watch this video learning:


Photoshop for vegetation must: Sketchup has many downloadable options (3D Warehouse), but while growing vegetation, the file size creates a problem. The best rout is to use Photoshop with PNG format.

Use Photoshop For Vegetation in Collage Making

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For Large Tool set: see this flow chart

view> toolbars…> large tool set.

The Large Tool Set

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Hotkeys: If the designers wish to speed up the project, then they can use hotkeys. Follow this: window>preferences>shortcuts to obtain the page. SketchUp has developed a list of shortcuts and hotkeys.

Custom Shortcuts/Know Your Hotkeys

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Plugins: These are made for enhancing the capacity of SketchUp. Click the links

Side count for polygon:

This video tutorial can guide the designers.

Selecting by click: The Selection on the screen is a major problem in Sketchup. Count the number of click and then, select the face and the face and edge and the whole of the object.

Knowing How To Select With Clicks

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Measurement tool: The designers need to syn into the measurement, angle and rest of the data into sketchup. This is the similarity between sketchup and autoCAD that designers do not need to select the textbox contributing data.

Understanding The Measurements Tool

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There is also a ruler tool which marks line on XYZ.

Rulers

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Learn Ruby : The Beginner Guide – An exclusive e-book by Jake Day Williams

Jake Day Williams has published an exclusive e-book on Ruby Programming. The book is useful for beginner’s ruby users to learn Ruby Programming with some easy to follow lessons.

Most the lessons in this book are supported with the equivalent videos which will make your learning process easy and smooth. All the video links are provided at the end of the book. For any queries, one can put question in the video’s comment section and the author will proper reply of the question.

The book is cost at $4.44 and you can buy it from here.

For more updates, click here.

Learn Ruby - The Beginner Guide

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NASA is all set to launch the Photo-Based 3D Modeling

Most minutely done 3D modelling is very tough job, it also can be a luxurious affairs. The most advanced and sophisticated lider pictures helping out the remote sensing technology (RST) to compute the length by indicating lasers at an entity and examining reflection of light.

Those tools, which skillfully detain entire site capacity, can be cutting down a huge timescape and costing over traditional reviewing work. Nonetheless, lidar pictures can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and need expert teaching.

MATT BALL, the author for lineshapespace.com explains how it happens: The high cost forbids the utilization on slighter projects or for the funding primary project phases where models are made as part of the request process. Luckily, there are less costly means for 3D data imprisonment, which makes it easy to build up a 3D model from the customer’s phone or digital cameras.

This democratization of technique holds the guarantee to speed up the preliminary planning and design phase of a project, as it greatly speeds the imprisonment of accessible circumstances of a site.

NASA is all set to launch the Photo-Based 3D Modeling

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Photogrammetry and its origin:

The near the beginning days working on gathering data for 3D modeling from many images comes from photo-measuring techniques. It is known as photogrammetry. The mapping population has utilized stereo picturing to prepare 3D representations of the ground.

Most important upgrading to photogrammetric technology happens when photos went digital. NASA researchers ought to have a lot of praise for making the jump from images to models. They have created new algorithms and techniques that were initially used by the Mars Exploration Rovers to navigate and form 3D models of the Martian surface.

A photo model, such as sufficient lighting, focus, and reporting, but these result make it a viable option for beginning site work.

Business Benefits:-

Trading the stand to profit from these advancements because it means firms that want to detain a site for a planned design and can give up investment in scanning and surveying services. As an alternative, they will be able to use a tablet or phone for quick capture that they can then slot in into their model.

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How Sketchup 2015 facilitates the making of a Drawing Table

Matt Janacone comes with a video tutorial for sketchup users. In this sketchup tutorial Matt shows how to create the design of a drawing table with Sketchup 2015. The design is created with 2×4’s and contains a bay for a slide out keyboard tray.

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Win prizes worth more than $7000 by participating 3D Robot Challenge

To cope up with the increasing demand for robotics technology, CGTrader.com is going to organize a 3D Robot Challenge for its community comprising more than 120,000 3D designers to facilitate designing and visualizing the robots of the next generation.

Under this 3d robot challenge, all the participating designers will have to walk around the sci-fi theme by means of the highly developed technological creatures in the form of our neighbours, counterparts as well as enemies in the next decades.

The participants have to generate robot 3D models and upload them to CGTrader.com. Submitted model should belong to best 3d robot model and best 3d robot portfolio. The designers, who will submit more models in the best 3d robot portfolio, will get the chance to be declared as winner. There will be one winner and two runner-ups in each category.

The challenge will commence from the 22nd December 2014 and will continue upto 15th February 2015. There lots of prizes for winners which range from Motion Design Bundles by Video Copilot, iClone Animation Pipeline Toolkits by Reallusion, two KeyShot5 licenses by Luxion, one CGschool video from V-Ray or 3ds Max by CG School, 200 credits and promotional features by CGTrader. The runner-ups will get prizes like 3D Shader Bundles by Video Copilot, iClone5 PRO Bundles by Reallusion, Video of choice from V-Ray or 3ds Max classes by CG School and 100 credits by CGTrader.

The 3d robot challenge will be a great platform for 3d designers to showcase their creativity and imagination toward creating stunning robot models.

Presently, CGTrader is also conducting 3D Systems Art Challenge, 3D Architecture Challenge and 3D Printed Kids’ Toys Challenge, where designers get the ability to upload both paid and free 3D models.

Upload your models

Win prizes worth more than $7000 by participating 3D Robot Challenge

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E-on software ships trial versions of LumenRT Studio & GeoDesign 2015 as well as LumenRT 2015.1

E-on software recently released trial versions of LumenRT Studio and GeoDesign 2015 which are completely functional version of LumenRT 2015.

With the perfect combination of tools, LumenRT instantly produce photorealistic images as well as convert any CAD/BIM/GIS design into nature-filled images, ultra-high definition videos and interactive environmens.

The trial versions of LumenRT Studio and GeoDesign 2015 are fully functional versions of LumenRT 2015. The users can not use the trial version for commercial applications as output from the trial version is watermarked. Both the trial versions are valid for one month.

LumenRT Studio facilitates the users to generate professional quality images, videos, and immersive media directly from various CAD/BIM programs like Autodesk Revit, Bentley MicroStation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and Trimble Sketchup.

LumenRT GeoDesign contains all the features of LumenRT Studio as well as the capacity to export Esri CityEngine models, import custom terrain height maps, import rigged animated objects and supports large scale traffic animations through MicroStation Traffic or VISSIM.

E-on software will also provide the introductory prices on LumenRT at the end of the year.

Download the LumenRT 2015 Trials.

E-on software has made another big updates to their product range by introducing LumenRT 2015.1.

This newest version of LumenRT contains the following exclusive features:-

  • Superior photometric lighting balance, mainly for materials with high reflectances.
  • Move/rotate whole animation paths while not in path edition mode.
  • Superior interactive placement for flying content items.
  • New imported objects main axis setting in the animation panel: facilitates to resolve the look-ahead orientation of objects alongside their animation path.
  • New LumenRT plugin set up process for multiple SketchUp versions.
  • Now support CityEngine 2014.1.
  • Automatically generate .bak rescue files while saving scenes.
The existing users of LumenRT 2015 can upgrade to this newest version at free of from their user account page.
 
E-on software ships trial versions of LumenRT Studio & GeoDesign 2015 as well as LumenRT 2015.1
 
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edddison LT for SketchUp – a useful sketchup extension

Edddison has developed edddison LT for SketchUp. This latest sketchup extension is compatible withSketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015. It is a commercial sketchup plugin. But a free trial version is also available.

The sketchup users can use edddison extension for showcasing 3d sketches and designs with their own Sketchup data. With a touch screep app, the users can easily navigate with their sketchup models.

Edddison contains a simplified editor that designs interactive applications as well as allows real estate developers, sales reps, architects and builders to promote, sell and plan building projects through touch mechanisms and mixed reality techniques.

The users can easily walk through a building, view a space from different viewpoints and undertake design decisions prior to commencement of the building in reality.

Edddison is well suited with existing applications like BIM (building informational models), visualization, digital prototyping and serious games.

In order to use edddison, you require the SketchUp plug-in and the edddison software.

edddison LT for SketchUp

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How to set up Sketchup Pro 2015 – An online demonstration

Sketchup Pro 2015 has multiple applications which can be found in architecture, construction, engineering, commercial interiors, lightweight construction, landscape architecture, kitchen and your bathroom, planning, design games, film and stage, wood, and several other fields.

One can use it for sketching lines and shapes as well as push and pull surfaces to convert these into 3D shapes. Apply it for whatever activities you want to perform like Stretch, copy, rotate, and paint do. Besides, one can use it for CAD modeling and field data, photographs or even sketches of your hand. Create models through custom behaviors and attributes.

LayOut in SketchUp Pro facilitates the users to insert model views to pages, select drawing scales, fine-tune line weights and insert dimensions, callouts and graphics. All the modifications to the model are reproduced automatically in LayOut.

With SketchUp Pro, one can tag groups and components by industry standard classification types. Afterward, geo-locate any model for shadow analyzing and site context. Make the components valuable by adding data attributes or programming functions.

Scenes facilitate the users to preserve model for future usages. Styles provide infinite visual effects to make your perfect. Generate section views through the cutting section planes with templates.

Watch an informative video presented by Quick install that will provide step-by-step guidelines to set up Trimble Sketchup Pro 2015.

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Best free 3D modelling applications for you

This is an awesome example of 25 best 3D modelling applications for completely free of cost that we are presenting you. However, to give you the clear concept, you need to know, what is 3D modelling and how it has been used.

What is 3D Modelling

In 3D computer graphics, 3D modeling is the procedure of developing a mathematical representation of any three-dimensional surface of an object (either inanimate or living) via specialized software. The product is called a 3D model. Theoretically, 3 Dimensions refers to substance that are constructed on three plans (X, Y and Z). The process of making 3D graphics can be divided into three basic phases: 3D modeling, 3D animation and 3D rendering.

Best free 3D modelling applications for you

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Where it is used

The 3D modeling is used in a variety of industries like films, animation and gaming, interior designing and architecture. They are also used in the medical industry for the interactive representations of anatomy. A wide number of 3D software is also used in constructing digital representation of mechanical models or parts before they are actually manufactured.CAD/CAM related software are used in such fields, and with these software, not only can you construct the parts, but also assemble them, and observe their functionality. 3D modelling is also used in the field of Industrial Design, wherein products are 3D modeled before representing them to the clients. In Media and Event industries, 3D modelling is used in Stage/Set Design.

So, here is the list of 25 best free 3d modeling applications for you :-

  1. Blender: Blender Foundation is a Dutch public benefit corporation, established to support and make easy the projects on blender.org. A free 3D modeling and animation application which can be utilized for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications.
  2. K-3D: It is free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package. K-3D excels at polygonal modeling, and includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation.
  3. Art of Illusion: Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and renderingstudio.
  4. SOFTIMAGE|XSI Mod Tool: Free 3D modeling and animation software for aspiring game developers and modders. The Mod Tool is a free version of XSI for non-commercial game creation.
  5. Zmodeler: ZModeler (or Zanoza Modeler) is a 3D modeling application developed by Oleg Melashenko. It is aimed at modelers who model for computer games. ZModeler is capable of complex modeling, even though it does not support important modeling functions such as extruding, or beveling.
  6. TopMod3d: It is a free, open source, portable, platform independent topological mesh modeling system that allows users to create high genus 2-manifold meshes.
  7. SketchUp 6: SketchUp is software that you can use to create, share and present 3D models. Whether you want to design a new deck for your house, build models forGoogle Earth, or teach geometry to your fifth-graders, you can use SketchUp to see your ideas in 3D. And when you’re done, you can export an image, make a movie or print out a view of what you made.
  8. AutoQ3D Community – 3D Editor: AutoQ3D Community is an easy, light and fast 3D model editor tool that uses the full power of your PC´s graphics hardware, allowing you to rapidly prototype your 3D designs.
  9. Anim8or: Anim8or is a 3D modeling and character animation program which allows users to create and modify 3D models with built-in primitives such as spheres, cylinders, platonic solids, etc.; mesh-edit and subdivision; splines, extrusion, lathing, modifiers, bevel and warps.
  10. Seamless3d: Seamless3d is free open source 3d modelling software which designed for the artist who is realistic about the time it takes to learn any tool that’s going to offer creative freedom.
  11. BRL-CAD: BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform constructive solid geometry solid modeling system that includes an interactive geometry editor, ray-tracing for rendering & geometric analyses, network distributed framebuffer support, image & signal-processing tools.
  12. 3DPlus: With 3DPlus you can create outstanding 3D designs in just a few minutes – with no need for any complicated VRML or other programming. 3DPlus is the amazing 3D design software that enables you to create stunning 3D graphics for your home, school or business – no experience required.
  13. 3D Canvas: 3D Canvas is a real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling. Complex models can be constructed from simple 3D primitives, or created using 3D Canvas’ Object Building Tools. Modeling tools are provided to deform, sculpt, and paint 3D objects.
  14. EDrawings: eDrawings is a freeware utility which will give the user the power to view, create and share 3D models and 2D drawings. eDrawings offers unique capabilities like point-and-click animations that make it easy for anyone with a PC to interpret and understand 2D and 3D design data.
  15. Blink 3D: Blink 3D is an authoring tool for creating 3D environments. The 3D environments are immersive, just like today’s modern games and can be viewed using the a Blink 3D Viewer on the Web or locally.
  16. Minos: MINOS extends the capabilities of your existing 2D-or 3D-wireframe-based systems, so you can take advantage of all the benefits solid modeling offers right away.
  17. FreeCAD: It is a basic 3D CAD with advanced Motion Simulation capabilities. It is suitable for anyone interested in learning 3D CAD and Motion Simulation for free before using more sophisticated packages. Its motion simulation capabilities are comparable to the best and can provide accurate answers to engineers and scientists in diverse fields.
  18. Bishop3D: Bishop3D is an interactive modeler and animation tool for the popular freeware raytracer POV-Ray™, a world-class renderer for creating three-dimensional photo-realistic images.
  19. K3DSurf: K3DSurf is a program to visualize and manipulate Mathematical models in three, four, five and six dimensions.
  20. DesignWorkshop Lite: DesignWorkshop is a three-dimensional modeling program for architectural design and related endeavors.
  21. GDesign 2.0: GDesign 2.0 is a 2D/3D free generative art application for Windows. With GDesign you can interactively build, test, and edit complex models.
  22. Sweet Home 3D: Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture. On a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Sweet Home 3D helps people to design their interior quickly.
  23. TrueSpace: TrueSpace7.6 is a fully-featured 3D authoring package that will let you model, texture, light, animate and render 3D content. As well as traditional images and movies, you can also make 3D content for online shared spaces, and for Virtual Earth.
  24. Alibre Design Xpress: Alibre Design Xpress is a rich and capable 3D solid modeler for creating mechanical parts, assemblies and 2D drawings – and is free. Alibre Design Xpress equips the person needing basic 3D design capabilities.
  25. 3DVIA Shape: 3DVia Shape is a free online 3D modeling application that eases you to create, publish and share ideas in 3D.
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Perform the renderings of the SketchUp 8, SketchUp Make & SketchUp 2013 models with Renditioner Pro V3

IMSI Design releases Renditioner Pro V3, the most updated version of Renditioner that contains some advanced features and superior print quality.

The users can use Renditioner Pro v3 to create eye-catching photorealistic renderings of the models through SketchUp 8, SketchUp Make, SketchUp 2013.

Renditioner Pro v3 functions directly inside sketchup and load any model automatically. Just arrange the model for rendering through discerning drag and drop, lighting, material, camera and environment controls.

There exist some professional rendering controls like Progressive and Sub-Image rendering which facilitate the users to promptly check and envisage diversified rendering scene variations of their design. Multi-threaded rendering will result in increasing the regeneration time to cope with your system.

Renditioner Pro v3 contains the following exclusive features:-

Superior quality Cameras and Lighting with HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) facilitates a high quality tonal and contrast detail revealing a completely new set of lighting possibilities with added realism.

Expanded Libraries of Content: Renditioner Pro contains a well structured library having more than 150 materials, 72 finishes, 50, 2D and 3D bump maps, and 27, 2D and 3D backgrounds. The users can easily use them into the models by just dragging and dropping them. There are also supplementary content accessible through the LightWorks’ Aspects Digital Asset Library.

Simplified User Interface with Tutorials: Maneuver any SketchUp model through professional image controls which are smoothly arranged into brief menus for getting quickly

Multiple output formats: All the rendered images are saved as .JPG, .PNG, .TIF, .BMP, and .TGA file fomats

Animation: The users can view a rotating animation of their model on its X-axis with turntable animation inside Renditioner Pro.

Drag, Orbit, Look Around, Track In, and Walk Tools: The users can experience better control viewing and orienting the model with the above tools.

New Glossy Optimization: Glossy optimization enhances the rendering speed of scenes having glossymaterials.

Material Blurring: It will create advanced material quality for producing more photorealistic renders and speeding up the rendering time.

Progressive Rendering: By applying Progressive Rendering, the user will get a blocky, low quality view of the scene although the rendering calculations are carried out.

Sub-image rendering: Characterize a segment of an image to render, rather than rendering the whole image. It will streamline the process of rendering of just the area of the image as per your choice.

Downloadable link

Renditioner Pro V3

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