FrameModeler – A useful sketchup extension for architects

BuildingPoint Korea is the developer of FrameModeler, the newest sketchup plugin available in extension warehouse.

It is a user-friendly architectural tool that is compatible with SketchUp 2018 and SketchUp 2019.

Instruction for set up

From Extension Warehouse, download the extension.

Run as Admin Sketchup.exe

If the installation process is successful, a text will be visible as “FrameModeler Install finish.”

FrameModeler is compatible with elementary architecture components.

The users will be able to arrange the following architectural components with their fingertips.

1. Column
2. Beam
3. Wall
4. Slab
5. Grid

FrameModeler works out the area and volume of the material not including intersected faces and edges.

Model Information Tools:

1. Information Export Tool
a. Export Excel data

2. Choose model data from ModelInfo

3. Update Model Condition
a. Exclusive of intersected faces and edges, updating grid position.

Etc. Tools:

1. CutOff Tool
a. Open window tool

2. Line

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Diagonal Tile Planning in SketchUp

Matt Donley, the owner of MasterSketchUp.com has discussed some important things about tiles and their designing in SketchUp; he discussed fully about Diagonal Tile Planning in SketchUp.

If anyone wants to install floor tile, he/she needs to carefully plan the layout so that he/she knows where all of their cut pieces are going to fix. So it is not that one just randomly starts at on wall, only to find that it is needed to install a particular silver of tile after done with the other side. Here SketchUp is a great tool to visualize and plan complicated floor tile, to ensure cut pieces are sized well; besides that, users can get an accurate material count with accountability for tiles that will be used from cutoffs of others.

Matt Donley, the owner of MasterSketchUp.com has discussed some important things about tiles and their designing in SKetchUp; this article is fully dedicated on that. Matt Donley is also the author of SketchUp to LayOut and co-author of SketchUp and LayOut for Architecture. He has been teaching SketchUp since 2012 through his online tutorials and personal training. He comes from the background of carpentry and project engineering that’s why he appreciates how SketchUp can be used at any level of detail and can be a flexible tool to visualize any idea.

They are models that have some specific reason to help users to solve a problem in the mind, these models may not look pretty but they are very valuable. The easiest tile layout is when there is a square room with four walls and users are installing square tiles; then they need to start tiling from one corner of the room and continue it. Most of the time, it is better to measure to the center of each wall and either align the edge of a row of tile with that center-line; all these depends on what kind of cut piece one ends up with the walls, doors and every other things.

  • Irregular Tile Shapes: Square tiles are easier to plan as all of the edges of the tiles align but there are two grout line intervals need to worry about.
  • Irregular Room Shapes: If a room is not a simple 4 wall square then things can become trickier; here walls are not parallel or square, there may also be doorways or other transitions that have to navigate. Even a slight bum out in the wall can create a small change in wall projection which can make it harder to offset the tile joint as a diagonal wall can make extra chances for an unacceptable small cut tile to occur.
  • Diagonal Tile Layout: Donley decided to install the tile diagonally as there will be no worry about any individual tile edge alignment but there will be every single intersection with a wall makes an opportunity for a small cut tile.
  • Measuring the Floor for SketchUp: For a project he measured accurate to within ¼” or so where the baseboard covered ½” of the tile against wall; here he need to account for the squareness of the walls. At first he established a “true” straight reference line, next made a second straight line and work with them.
  • Importing Walls into SketchUp: After measuring walls, users have to open SketchUp and start the work by creating a large rectangle and carried the work far.
  • Spacing Tile in SketchUp: After establishing the walls, the tile can be laid out that might be tempting to simply take any measurement on the box of tiles and add the dimension indicated on the bag of tiles. Next he analyzed tile position; tookoff the material list, accounted for cutoffs, then planned tile installation and at last installed the tile.

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Review of 3 skeng 2019 List for both Mac and PC

Sketchup Extension Warehouse is full of amazing tools and extensions that help SketchUp users and designers in designing and creating their desired 3D models. 3 skeng List is one of them.

3skeng tool is another SketchUp Extension form SketchUp Extension warehouse which adds spreadsheet capabilities to SketchUp and uses powerful edit and report functions.

About the extension: 3skeng List adds spreadsheet abilities to SketchUp and allows users to communicate and work with SketchUp entities in data-based views. It also does listing, filtering, sorting and multi-editing; besides that, it creates a bill of materials which can be parts list or a report and export to Excel (XLSX).

Features of 3skeng Tool: 1. Work more efficiently: it includes powerful and communicative filtering, sorting and editing features that help users to work more effortlessly even in the large models. This tool is not only helpful to edit detailed properties but also to make both complex and huge selections that might be impossible to make in other way. The spreadsheet view is always synced with the 3D model. Changing data with 3skeng List makes immediate changes in SketchUp model and vice versal Sub-selections are highlighted interactively in the 3D view.

2. Keeps model clean: This tool was designed to support professionals in their daily work and is packed with features that help to keep the model clean or find and solve errors. There are some duplicate entities, users can covert multiple groups to components or replace multiple components by another component of the selection.

3. Helps to export meta data: All spreadsheet views can be exported and nicely formatted to Excel, or copied as plan text directly to the clipboard. Users can use the definition, instance and material names to add custom data columns to their components. They can also save filter and column settings in customized list views to reuse them for repeating work.

4. 3skeng client: Users can use their 3skeng client for buying, installing and managing 3skeng Tools and libraries.

Users can install, download, troubleshoot, activate and purchase this extension through this path: www.3skeng.com.

3skeng 2019 List is a fine extension which can be used by both Mac and PC users and SketchUp professionals in adding spreadsheet capabilities to SketchUp. It also can be used for listing, filtering, sorting and multi-editing.

Sourcewww.extensions.sketchup.com

Review of 3 skeng 2019 List for both Mac and PC

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SketchUp Drawing tool: Freehand

SketchUp is a 3D modeling software which is full of easy using tools both are handy for beginners and professionals; though the Freehand tool is a drawing tool for beginners.

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. Almost everything can designed in 3D with SketchUp and who have splattered in 3D drawing or are interested to learn the basics of design, SketchUp for Dummies has made it faster and easier to learn the ropes of a powerful, user-friendly tool that bring life into the design ideas. Users can get guidance here from creating a basic 3D model to showcase their work through 3D print or animation, literally everything in SketchUp that can help in anywhere like from redesigning the house to mocking up the future great invention. More than that, SketchUp’s vast usability has gotten very wide success as a tool that even non-designers can also make basic drawings; there are also many expert tips from former SketchUp product director Aidan Chopra and co-author Rebecca Huehls that help to draw and access 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 Freehand Tool: SketchUp’s Freehand Tool is a handy tool which will help to trace imported drawings, create a2D sketch and decorate models. This tool will help to create hand-drawn lines, like the planter decorations or simple lines. This tool can be found in the following places:

• Getting Started Toolbar (Click the drop-down arrow next to the Line tool)
• Drawing toolbar
• Large tool Set Toolbar
• Draw > Lines submenu

Method to use Freehand Tool: Drawing Toolbar is found in the following path: View> Toolbars> Check the Drawing Option. After clicking on the Drawing option or Drawing Toolbar a small window will open where some icons can be seen; from there users need to left click on the Pencil icon which will activate the Freehand tool, then simply moving mouse users can draw their shapes and after completing the drawing just need to click on the mouse and the drawing will be completed.

Under the hood, the drawn lines with the Freehand tool become curve entities or ployline entities. Here is a little information that is needed to know about each of these entity types:

• The curve entity contains many line segments but can be defined and divided a face like a single line. Despite of selecting all the segments in a curve entity at a single time, the SketchUp inference engine displays point and edge inferences for every segment in the entity.
• While a polyline entity doesn’t create faces or affect geometry in any way. A polyline entity is created only when am user can hold down the Shift key similar as drawing with the Freehand tool. These polyline entities are thinner than curve entities.

Sourcewww.learn.sketchup.com

SketchUp Drawing tool: Freehand

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Print a Thing extension made 3D printing easier

SketchUp is an essential tool in 3D printing and SketchUp Extension warehouse is full of tools; among them, the Print a Thing extension made the 3D printing techniques easier.

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. The Extension Warehouse of SketchUp is full of useful tools which are used in various 3D models to make the work attractive.

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 Print a Thing: Print a Thing extension helps users to get an instant quote and 3D Print of the models with just a few clicks. This extension allows users to easily upload their works into the Print a Thing 3D Printing service for an instant quote, faster turn around and high quality prints. This extension also allows them to utilize a distributed network of quality 3D printers across the United States. SketchUp designers want to change the world for better through their technology and 3D printing is a way to see the world; that’s why they are trying to keep the 3D printing reasonable, simple, easier and communicable so that anyone can use it anywhere for any purpose. Print a Thing is released in a hope that it would be a positive force for startups, beginners and professionals both can do it themselves

Process of using: After installing the extension, users can find a new option in the menu bar called “3D Print with Print a Thing”; if users draw a shape and click on the menu a bar will come. From the bar they can choose their desired model and select it and add it in their cart; this extension allows creating models in a new way.

Print a Thing extension made 3D printing easier

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Shape Bender tool creates Curved Metal Panels in SketchUp

SketchUp is made to create different models and designs, the tools are perfect to help in 3D modeling, similarly Shape Bender is another extension which help to create Curved Metal Panels

In this article, we are again going to discuss about the method of creating and bending a series of linear metal panels into a curving serpentine shape with the SketchUp extension Shape Bender. Justin Geis has explained this tutorial through his video we are just going to give you a detailed written description of the tutorial.

Shape Bender: This extension can create a shape which is made to bend but that must be in group or component. After grouping the shape, users have to select a single horizontal line that can be used as the ground to bend; next select the curve that the shape will bend to match the existing one. After that, the shape will show a grid and preview of the place where the object is going to transform to. Then, press ‘UP’ Arrow key to move the orientation of the bend. Path: Plugins > Chris Fullmer Tools> Shape Bender or select it from a Shape Bender Toolbar.

To create the Curved Metal Panels, two extensions are needed: 1) Shape Bender, 2) Weld.

Note: SketchUp 2019 version doesn’t support Shape Bender extension, so users must do it in SketchUp 2018.

After entering in the SketchUp Home page, users have to create wide and long rectangle and click inward it which will take a shape of metal piece. Next this shape needs to be grouped and given a name. This shape may need to copy many times to give a cured look, users can use move tool and copy the object and paste it multiple time with a distant space. As Shape Bender extension allows to bend any object using a base line and a target line, so users need to fix these two lines first. The base line must be drawn on Red axis, the line is then need to copy and paste the line to make it a target line; it will be known as another base line. Using Arc Tool users can make the half of the line a barrier, using Rotate tool the line can be bended as a curve line. Previously the shapes were copied and pasted which made them look alike a sheet, this sheet need to be in group and shape bender tool will curve this group shit along the curve line.

For full video www.thesketchupessentials.com

Shape Bender tool creates Curved Metal Panels in SketchUp

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nz_Bricks&Blocks – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Bricks&Blocks sketchup extension. It is well matched with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

This sketchup extension can be used to substitute your Brick Dimensions Table with a 3D modeller, measurement tool & tailor-made catalogue.

Design to brick/block dimensions instantly and simply.

Just draw you proposed wall length and nz_Bricks&Blocks will draw a wall to brick dimensions that is suitable inside your adopted length.

nz_Bricks&Blokes also offers onScreen Data and Analysis with different options and measurements obtained from a table but updating in real-time and to limitless lengths and heights.

nz_Bricks&Blokes also saves the blocks already produced with the above mentioned information together with a brick count.

It is possible to track your doors and windows correctly as well as dimension your model precisely with a 3D illustration of exactly what those dimensions signify. Retain the bricks and convert them into details or remove them leaving behind a perfect model.

Information of the wall itself will be saved to the Group and is available on a right-click. Bricks and Blocks are built with components so as to continue controlling your design simply.

A tailor-made catalogue facilitates to generate a library of brick and block types to adapt your local context.

To get more details or purchase the extension, go through the following link extensions.sketchup.com

For live demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

nz_Bricks&Blocks – The newest sketchup extension
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DPLineStyler (1.0.1) for Sketchup

DPLineStyler is the newest sketchup extension that can be used to add styles in lines and curves with dashes, symbols or both.

It is well suited with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

It functions locating lines already created and providing the consequent dashes and symbols into a group. While rubbing out or concealing your original lines, just the styled lines are departed.

If you are well experienced with layers, it is possible to track the similar original lines over with several styles (or the similar style at a diverse scale) and retain each style group in its own layer.

DPStyledLines can be fully modified. Apply any dash pattern and line color as per your choice. “Generate” your own symbols just by typing, or “Make” symbols from any group or component.

Your styles and symbols are saved in your Plugins folder, so that these can be applied on all your models.

DPLineStyler is available with some pre-made styles to start with. One can download a SketchUp sampler file of them by clicking on this link. (3dwarehouse.sketchup.com)

For live demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

DPLineStyler (1.0.1) for Sketchup

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“Surface Imperfection Maps in VRay to create Realistic materials in SketchUp ”

This article is about the using method of surface imperfection maps to add realism on the rendered materials within VRay for SketchUp which Justin Geis has shown through a tutorial video. Here are some details about this Surface Imperfection and its use in SketchUp.

Surface Imperfection maps are very high quality textures which are scanned from real surfaces. These maps are not like traditional scatter textures but are scans of the delicate imperfections that are shared by most materials. The resulting grayscale maps can be used as glossiness, bump, anisotropy and reflective maps for adding those imperfections back into any 3D material.

Justin Geis: 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.

This time Justin Geis has used maps from the website called Poliigon.com; the textures in this tutorial are all free textures which can be used in the renderings; Poliigon also has a paid option with access for many materials. One of the other map types has Poliigon is the surface imperfection map which is designed to apply with the other materials from poliigon to use them. In real life, materials are rarely perfect as in the renderings so in maps they can be used to add a little realistic feel to the renders. Justin has downloaded and used the free Smudged Large texture; he also created a material for the texture and applied surface imperfection map to the opacity section under color correction. This option allowed them to drive the opacity of the material as it is basically see-through material except for the Smudged areas. The power of the brightness can be adjusted later to change the power of effect; next they created a 3D material and the type of this one allows to blend multiple materials together. While creating a 3D material blend there will be an option to add a base material to create a wonderful texture.

Surface Imperfection Maps in VRay to create Realistic materials in SketchUp

Source:www.thesketchupessentials.com

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“SketchUp for Web – Free vs Shop”

SketchUp for Web is a free version of SketchUp paid version, also almost everything about SketchUp Pro is created into the SketchUp Web as it is easier and free to use.

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 for Web: It is a free version of SketchUp which works in a web browser and there is a simple interface where the users can simply draw and make 3D models. The aim of the team is to help the users to create anything they imagine in 3D and this new free version of SketchUp make the 3D modeling more convenient and easier to try than ever before. As SketchUp for Web works in a browser there is a few advantages over the desktop version of SketchUp described below:

  • Access via a broad range of devices: Hardware matters here as mentioned in the Hardware requirements but the users are not bounded by operating system needs.
  • Versionless: It is browser-based software so it doesn’t need to update after a certain time and this will always work on the latest version.
  • Storage and backups: The created 3D models are saved to the web by default and users will get 10MB of free storage; it also can work with Trimble Connect to keep the work up to date across desktop, web, mobile and XR software.

The users, who are familiar working with the desktop version of SketchUp, can find similar tools in SketchUp for Web but as it runs in a browser, some things about SketchUp for Web will work differently from the desktop version. Like Creating and Editing Models in SketchUp for Web have the features and points users to helpful articles in the SketchUp area of the Help Center.

Here we described both the features about SketchUp and SketchUp for Web, so here is a quick description about all the features of this both versions:

SketchUp Shop features:

  • Import Formats: stl, dwg, dxf, dae, kmz, 3ds, dem, ddf
  • Export Formats: stl, dwg, dxf, dae, kmz, 3ds, wrl, fbx, xsi, obj
  • There are options like Advanced Solid Tools, Outliner, Create Custom Materials, Create Custom Styles in it
  • Users can store their models in the Unlimited Storage via Trimble Connect, Business
  • Online Collaboration can be done by Unlimited Users and Projects via Trimble Connect, Business

SketchUp for Web features:

  • Import Formats: stl
  • Export Formats: stl
  • There is no option like Advanced Solid Tools, Outliner, Create Custom Materials, Create Custom Styles in it
  • There is 10GB Online Storage facility via Trimble Connect, Personal to save the 3D models
  • For online collaboration, only 5 users can connect for 1 project at a time via Trimble Connect, Personal

    SketchUp for Web – Free vs Shop

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