Sketch-Cuisine for creating design sketches of kitchen, bathroom & closets

The renowned sketchup tutor and extension developer Mario C has developed Sketch-Cuisine, the newest sketchup extension to create kitchen, bathrooms and closets instantly.

The extension is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

With this extension, the users get the ability to make a quick start on all kitchen, bathroom and closet project. Prior to generate the shop drawings, this extension will help the users to start all the projects with perfect design sketches.

The cabinets are easily customizable with the native tools of SketchUp.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse sketchucation.com

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

Sketch-Cuisine for creating design sketches of kitchen, bathroom & closets
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“Breaking SketchUp model into Parts for 3D Printing”

SketchUp specialists Aidan Chopra has discussed a process which is simple enough for users who want to break their SketchUp models into parts for 3D printing.

While doing 3D printing in SktechUp, users need to run into the need to spilt the model into parts. There are though some ideas are big to fit into the 3D printer’s build volume but other ideas want to be 3D printed in a rainbow of colored plastic or sometimes needs to be split to make it easy to print.

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.

Aidan has described a process which will help users to cut the SketchUp model in the right time and right way.

Place to cut the SketchUp model:

while subdividing a SketchUp model into printable parts, always users need to find the right place to start and to think what to do with the seams. Like if users want to go to sand, paint and finish the model then can do it and cut at any place but sanding and finishing is a huge work to do while it will become much easier if anyone make cuts and seams look like they are international parts of model. Another good place to hide a cut is at a change in elevation, curvature or color; if users place a seam where the surface of a part is interrupted already, it will not be noticeable enough.

It is a good idea to pick something around us that is made of plastic and find the seams where the parts can combine together, and if that type of seam can be imitated people will notice and accept it faster. It will be seen as a realistic one and people will think that the 3D printed part came from a factory. If the constructions are large, then the only option may be to establish a grid and cut into build-volume-size blocks.

Process to cut the SketchUp model:

Cutting a model into parts is like using an Intersect Faces Tool to combine groups; users can simply place a piece of geometry as a cutter that will intersect with the larger object and become the new edges of the cut. For simple models in SketchUp Pro, users can use the Solid Tools to shorten this process, but for the complex models following steps need to do:

  • elect the group and make a new group around it where the original one will become a subgroup.
  • Then work inside the new group, create geometry in the shape of the cut.
  • After that, make new geometry into its own group.
  • Select Cutter Object> choose Edit> Intersect Faces with Context.
  • Inside each group, use Explode to stick the intersection lines, cutting object and base object.
  • Move back out to the master group and make copies.
  • In each copy, open the group for editing and erase unnecessary parts.
  • Run CleanUp3 on the new parts and use Solid Inspector2 to check accidental holes.
  • Place the parts back together as lines should be

Source: wwww.dummies.com

Breaking SketchUp model into Parts for 3D Printing

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“Turning 2D Typography or a Survey to 3D Terrain in SketchUp”

SketchUp professionals have found many ways to make the work of SketchUp users easy and faster, turning a 2D topography into 3D terrain has become easier with some simple steps.

Creating a SketchUp Topography or topographic map can be a huge painful work, but here we are going to discuss the process of creating topography in SketchUp through some simple steps.

  • At first users need to import Google map into the project but before that the terrain must be toggled on.
  • Then users have to create a grouped rectangle that covers the total site, next they can copy this rectangle up as per required increment or can copy all the rectangles and lastly group them together.
  • Next users need to move their rectangles off to the side or can hide them so that the imported Google earth terrain can be seen. Then unlock and explode the imported terrain.
  • After that, the grouped rectangles need to move over the terrain again or can unhide it.
  • Users have to press Ctrl+A to select all, R-click on one of the groups; then they have to scroll down to Intersect Faces and Select with Selection.
  • Hide or delete the slicing planes and the topographic map will be created.

From a survey to 3D people are facing a little difficulty while transforming a 2D topography into a 3D terrain in SketchUp, this article is just going to focus on the problem and describing few steps to clear this matter.

Importing the Image:

  • File > Import is the first step is to import the image that Users want to convert from a 2D survey to 3D terrain or topography. The following steps are: 1) select “import” from the file tab from the lower right dropdown menu and then select “supported image type”. 2) Image should be in a graphic scale so can it can be scald in SketchUp properly, at last select the right image and click “import”.
  • Next the image should be placed and roughly scaled to the correct size, for accurate scale select the tape measure tool and click from one end of the graphic scale to the other.
  • Next a message will appear on the screen asking if users want to resize the model with a pop-up named “ yes” it must be clicked before begin modeling of anything.
  • After that, users can change the view from perspective by navigating to “camera” and selecting “parallel projection”. Then select the follow path- camera > standard view > top which will give a top view to trace easily.

Tracing Topography:

  • The first step starts with Tracing the perimeter property line and then tracing the topographic contour lines within the boundary with the help of Line tool.
  • Next delete faces using following path: click on “select” > “all with same material” and hit delete.

Converting Survey to 3D model:

press ‘ctrl’, click and drag mouse to select the property boundary lines, now click on “edit” and click make group option. Now move the 2D contour lines by selecting one and pressing the “up arrow” and type the needed height. Next highlight all the lines and deselect the property line from the following path: draw > sandbox > and select from contours. Now draw some additional contour lines beyond the property line replicating other contours, next select each line and change the height to correspond with the decreasing increments of the original contour lines and follow the steps again.

Source:

www.designerhacks.com/

Turning 2D Typography or a Survey to 3D Terrain in SketchUp

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DinaBox (1.9.8.7.9) for SketchUp is available in extension warehouse

DinaBox is a useful extension for sketchup that contains a wide array of furniture libraries for sketcup.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

Dinabox is a complete platform that simplifies the process for developing production-related interior designs inside the Trimble SketchUp platform.

There is an online library having various dynamic components, as well as different finishes and ready-made frontal models.

By applying DinaBox cloud server connectivity, your creations can be saved online, facilitating all the registered users to get access to your license, from anyplace in the globe. It offers the automatically configured standards for architects, shopkeepers, designers and partner designers!

Besides, one can get it’s own galleries of colors and textures as well as perform various tasks like adding styles modulated, customizing front models and more etc.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse sketchucation.com

To get online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video tutorial.

DinaBox (1.9.8.7.9) for SketchUp is available in extension warehouse

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“It is easier to discover New Favorite models in SketchUp”

Google SketchUp team has been improving their tools and models continuously, at first they have released the new updated SketchUp Pro 2019 and then they released new 3D Warehouse.

The whole SketchUp team has been discussing to bring SketchUp lovers the newest development in the life of their products; they proudly announced a brand new way to purchase all the SketchUp products which is the SketchUp Subscription. They have offered the best value so that users and SketchUp lovers can easily choose the perfect combination of SketchUp for every project, workflow or creative concept.

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.

But there are millions of models and 17 languages in the 3D warehouse of SketchUp Pro 2019 tht makes it difficult to find the right one that can be used on the tools. SketchUp users have been facing this difficulty from a very long time so the SketchUp team has done something to fix this problem as they don’t want that their customers may miss their perfect model and they want to help in discovering som hidden gems in SketchUp 3D Warehouse. SketchUp team proudly announced the release of Categories on 3D Warehouse; these categories will help the users to easily search and browse in the world’s largest 3D model library. Here are the most improved features and the categories discussed that will help to figure the things out:

  • Better browsing: The new updated 3D Warehouse has come with better browsing experience to do the heavy lifting through the following steps- 1. At first users need to start with an “empty search”, 2. Then they have to select a Category, 3. There, they can watch the search results update and 4. Can get inspired.
  • Refining the search: The quality of search based as per the text of the author that uses to describe their model and if description doesn’t match with model the Selecting a Category will help to filter out the models that aren’t relate to the description.
  • Sorting by Subcategory: There will be millions of categories from which users can get their own models but if they want any specific one the Subcategory option will help to select the exact model.
  • Filtering by real-world products: Users can now search their needed buyable 3D models from the Manufacturer Model filter option where they can easily find and buy models.
  • Categorizing the models: Categorization option in SketchUp 3D Warehouse has just begun which can be made better with the help of users like users can themselves categorize models as their own need. Actually categories make it easier to find right great content on 3D Warehouse, even there is no title or description or it can be in different language

Source: www.blog.sketchup.com

It is easier to discover New Favorite models in SketchUp

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Demo of fracture plugin for sketchup

Fracture for SketchUp facilitates the users to break any solids into several pieces and produce further collection of fractured solids.

This sketchup plugin is developed by renowned plugin developer TIG.

It is also known as a sketchup entity fragmentation plugin that supports custom fragmentation levels (up to level 10) and size ratios and demonstrates the blast effect. The plugin is very useful for physics simulations.

The plugin also provides good result while painting a scene. It is also very effective for shattering objects. But there is a limitation that the object should be a solid group.

In the plugin, there are various options like iterations, size, X variance, Y variance, Z variance, jitter and form. The form section is sub-categorized as stacked, exploded and scaled.

Click on the following link to download the plugin sketchucation.com

To get online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video tutorial.

Demo of fracture plugin for sketchup

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“New features about SketchUp Pro 2019”

The whole team of SketchUp Headquarters has proudly announced the newest SketchUp subscription of SketchUp Pro 2019 where users can get all the favorite products to work.

According to the developers, SketchUp Free is the simplest, consistent 3D modeling till date that will help the user to access, learn and share the models with others easily. It has been more than a year at SKetchUp Headquarters with huge amounts of coffee consumed and after a long wait, SketchUp HQ finally released SketchUp Pro’s new version SketchUp Pro 2019.

The whole SketchUp team has been discussing to bring SketchUp lovers the newest development in the life of their products; they proudly announced a brand new way to purchase all the SketchUp products which is the SketchUp Subscription. They have offered the best value so that users and SketchUp lovers can easily choose the perfect combination of SketchUp for every project, workflow or creative concept.

This is a real opportunity to challenge the team itself to earn users’ business every single day by continuously improving the tools which are needed and loved whole year. The new ways to buy SketchUp is on their website; still the team has been working to bring subscriptions for years as according them it is the best way to deliver more value to the users in a single package. Their shift in new business will make it easier for new users to buy SketchUp and for current users; even more SketchUp products can be easily available. Besides that, this shift in business will help to keep them accountable to run business by releasing new features as often as possible; this is a challenge for them which they have taken proudly and moved process from an annual update cycle to a continuous cycle.

The new version has become faster and more powerful than ever before with bug fixes, system improvements and some wonderful new features. Here are a few of the highlighted features:

SketchUp Pro 2019 for Desktop: Just need to Sign in and modeling will be started; everything in SketchUp-iverse is now combined together with one single account to make modeling, viewing, account management and many more. In SketchUp Pro & LayOut 2019, Layers now come with dashed lines which can allow simplifying drawings with effective drawing communications. While the Tape Measure tool can help to see measurement info in the modeling.

LayOut: It will help the users to know which files are ready to open; in both SketchUp and LayOut there are many improvements t the .dwg import and export feature. There is also the ability to import and export with materials for better BIM interoperability and workflows. An “ Export for SketchUp” feature between SketchUp and LayOut feature .dwg exporter will send all LayOut entitles along with any SketchUp viewport data to the model space.

Trimble Connect: It will welcome users to a new world of efficient workflows and cloud collaboration; their 3D modeling sharing and document management tool is fully focused on projects related to building design and construction.

SketchUp for Web: The team has added a ‘live preview’ for image exports; after signing in to SketchUp for Web when users open a model and go to File>Export>PNG, it will recompose model as taking a snapshot at the desired image ratio.

SketchUp Viewer for AR/VR: SketchUp Viewer is now also available on more VR headsets than earlier, just need to access to every single one with a SketchUp Pro subscription. Oculus, Windows Mixed Reality, VIVE and Hololens are all running SketchUp Viewer.

SketchUp Campus: SketchUp’s official learning hub is known as SketchUp Campus where SketchUp-built courses all created by their in-house team that make SketchUp convenient abd simple in 104 languages.

3D Warehouse: The 3D Warehouse has millions of models and 17 languages from where it is difficult to find the right thing on time so new version has come with categories which boasts better browsing, search refinement, subcategories and filtering by real products etc. that helps fast searching in less time.

Sefaira: Those who are working in a firm that has a focus on performance-based design, SketchUp’s Safaira is like a subscription through SketchUp Radio.

Source: www.blog.sketchup.com

New features about SketchUp Pro 2019

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“Trimble Visiting Professionals Program”

Trimble’s Visiting Professionals Program held every single year; this program shows the way of changing the sectors through the software and other industries.

Trimble Inc. is a Sunnyvale, California based developer of GNSS or Global Navigation Satellite System receivers, laser rangefinders, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), inertial navigation systems and software processing tools. This company was established in November 1978 by Charles Trimble and his two other partners from Hewlett Packard, initially operating from Los Altos, California.

The company’s procurements include Pocket Mobile AB, @Road, Cenega Solutions Inc. Datacom Software Research, Spectra Precision Group, Tripod Data Systems, Advanced Public Safety Inc., ALK Technologies, Apache Technologies, Acutest Engineering Solutions Ltd, Applanix, Géo-3D, INPHO, Gatewing, Gehru Technologies, Meridian Systems, NTech Industries, Pacific Crest, Quantm, Accubid Systems, SketchUp, QuichpPen International, SECO Mfg. Co., Inc., Visual Statement, Stabiplan, XYZ Solutions, Inc., Tekla, ThingMagic, Spime Inc., Punch Telematix NV, TMW Sysytems and TopoSys Gmbh.

About SketchUp: SketchUp or Google SketchUp is owned by Trimble Inc., a mapping, surveying and navigation company. It 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. It 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. SketchUp is a worth useful software for its ease of use, it can be downloaded or installed o computer and right after that user can work on it. Though SketchUp can easily handle but still there are some sides where people will find some difficulties and lots of solve also are there like YouTube tutorials upon SketchUp or visiting SketchUp website or search Google etc. But people will get confused to have lots of information from different places upon one thing so there should a proper place or website where all the answers can be found.

Trimble’s Visiting Professionals Program or VPP fetches design and construction industry leaders together who are suing SketchUp and other Trimble solutions in the university classrooms to learn and discover the impact of technology on their craft, the way the solutions allow them to work faster, smarter and with fewer boundaries. With every single visit, industry experts discuss with students through workshops, lectures, tech demos and live training; they also share their experience, skillsets and understandings to inspire the future generation of design and engineering professionals.

Both the students and faculty mostly found the speeches and tutorials on technology in landscape architecture fully informative and critically important. Not only designers and construction professionals, there are huge people from various professions like from architects to Hollywood set designers, historians to engineers come from a variety of industries bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon. The VPP offers them an inner view about current trends which are affecting trades and allow students to survey the skill sets that employers are looking for.

In the last year, VPP professionals visited a huge range of universities, presenting a wide range of departments like Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Construction Management, Industrial Design, Building Science and Stage/Set design. Students were shown some continuous work of trends like VR and laser scanning are changing the way of visualizing, also how software like SketchUp and Tekla are changing the building environment.

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Step by step guidelines for modeling club chair in sketchup

This exclusive sketchup video tutorial will present the detail guideline for performing club chair modeling in sketchup.

For modeling purpose, different types of sketchup plugins like Jhs Powerbar, Vertex Tools, Joint Push Pull and Subd are utilized.

Given below, the details about these sketchup plugins :-

Jhs Powerbar — It allows the users to produce an array along a path. A series of components can be provided instantly in a predefined arrangement.

Click on the following link to download the plugin sketchucation.com/pluginstore

Vertex Tools — It is a robust vertex editor for sketchup to take the lead over each vertex. Soft selections are suitable for organic modelling and the manipulator gizmo allows keeping control while modeling.

Click on the following link to download the plugin (evilsoftwareempire.com/vertex-tools)

Joint Push Pull — A script devoted to Face extrusion, with wide array of Tools. The users will be able to push pull numerous and curved surfaces inside SketchUp. Besides, a tool like Vector Push Pull facilitates the users to extrude the footprint of a curved surface into a flat shape.

Click on the following link to download the plugin extensions.sketchup.com

SubD — SUbD refers to a parametric subdivision extension for SketchUp that is best suited for quad-based workflows. Apply free tools like QuadFace Tools to generate meshes with quad-topology and subdivide and crease with SUbD.

Click on the following link to download the plugin. extensions.sketchup.com

Watch the following video tutorial to learn the process for chair modeling.

Step by step guidelines for modeling club chair in sketchup

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LUMINGS (1.2.182c) for Sketchup

Lumings belong to a video projection design tool that facilitates video mapping study. Besides, it can be used for the design and 3D modeling application in Sketchup. Lumings is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

It’s main objective is to simulate in the most naturalistic for the technical rendering side of video mapping.

Lumings expansively incorporates the technical characteristics of all prevailing professional projectors. Lumings obtains, verifies and measure the required data to properly for any set of projectors with the following information:

1. The illuminance
2. Positioning
3. Pixel size
4. Energy consumption
5. The impact of shadows
6. Pixel distortion
7. Heat release …
8. … and other features.

With Lumings, it is possible to design complete scenography with correct and models and information before entering the site.

The users can avail a subscription-free version of Lumings. It disallows “manipulation” of the project, revision of the layout of the projectors, but provides the same visualization possibilities as the complete plug-in.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

A free version for academic entities is also accessible on request.

To get more details, send mail to contact@lumings.io

LUMINGS (1.2.182c) for Sketchup

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