Experience of School Teacher with SketchUp

Trimble SketchUp is already a hit with many 3D designers, architects, engineers, and simple hobbyists. But what does it feel like to teach SketchUp, especially to kids in a classroom? Mr. James Laub, Technology Teacher at Washington Middle School in Long Beach Unified School District utilizes SketchUp and Rendering for classes. Below are his experiences, in his own point of view.

At the point when I initially began instructing SketchUp to new students in semester 1, I presented the entire apparatus set, at that point requested that they assemble a two-story house which must be 100% unique and incorporate no segments other than entryways as well as windows. They were given a month to finish this task.

Next, I began showing some Interior Design and requested that the students make at any rate two rooms commonly found in a home, total with all the subtleties one would typically hope to see there. The thoughts the students concocted for this venture were so acceptable, they propelled me to extend it in the accompanying manner.

A year ago, I figured we would configuration rooms, yards or finishing for individuals who were keen on remodeling or experimenting with a current space. Presently, I thought, why not make a difference this to this present reality?

I took this recommendation to my kindred faculty members, and inquired as to whether any educator was going to leave on a remodel inside as well as put in new arranging outside of their home; at that point, I proposed that we could have the students go after concocting SketchUp models for their redesigns. Three educators promptly came to me saying they couldn’t imagine anything better than to do this. Along these lines, I welcomed every instructor to go to my group to share their preferences with respect to hues, lighting, furniture styles, trees and greenery, and so forth.

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What is the AGi32 Extension and How to Use it

The developers at the Lighting Analysts group have published a very useful extension for SketchUp, called the Export to AGi32 extension. It will enable the user to export a SketchUp model to an intermediate file format LaiDex. That is an abbreviation of ?Lighting Analysts Data Exchange? and they can be imported into your AGi32 files.

Using your SketchUp models in the AGi32 can be an enriching, rewarding experience. It provides great natural renders of for many objects from furniture, appliances, cars and machines, to even whole buildings.

While you can use the AGi32 for your basic lighting models, the above data exchange functionality lets you use thousands of other models made with SketchUp (and are publicly available) at the 3D warehouse. Since that place contains every type of objects you need, and every other type of objects you don?t need, and some others even that you can?t ever need, using this extension you have pretty much a limitless lighting models to play with.


The Export to AGi32 extension for SketchUp is compatible to AGi32 versions 15.3 or higher, and it works in windows only. You need SketchUp 2020 Pro or Make versions to make it work. Please note that this extension will export your model colors, but unfortunately so far it does not support textures.

How does it work

When you use the Export to AGi32 extension in SketchUp, it creates an intermediary file called an LaiDex file, which stands for LAI Data Exchange. You can use that file directly in the AGi32 interface. You can do this by either using the import option, or simply by drag-and-dropping the file into the interface.

It is expected that high-poly models will cause problems with this sort of data exchange system, and you are right to assume so. However, most SketchUp native models are quite low-poly, and most of the popular models available at the SketchUp 3D Warehouse are well-optimized with the number of polygons. So, you shouldn?t be having much problem with the AGi32 extension.

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How Tom Kaneko Uses SketchUp for Custom Home Retrofitting

Tom Kaneko is a structural originator and SketchUp ninja having some expertise in bespoke private retrofits and expansions in the United Kingdom. In this discussion, we dig into his workflow and how he utilizes SketchUp to convey an incentive to his customers inside the imperatives of a limited financial plan. For Tom, ‘SketchUp makes the methods for plan and correspondence, with customer and temporary worker, indeed the very same’.

To enlighten ourselves regarding his experience as a modeler and how this impacts his way to deal with plan, we have asked Tom a few questions, and following is the summary of his answers, from his own point of view. Enjoy!

I’m attracted to the specialized parts of the calling and the site. Fortunately, I had a very active involvement with the University of Edinburgh that has served me well by and by.

As an originator, you need to know your art… information holes become evident when you change from plan to development, especially while participating in discussions with manufacturers and subcontractors.

What was the decisive second for me with SketchUp? It came in 2011 when I was taking a shot at Jemima’s House, an expansion to a terraced Victorian house with enormous desire and a strict financial plan.

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Using Drones to Create Beautiful 3D Context Models in SketchUp

3D Visualization software like Lumion and gathering data from OpenStreetMap or similar terrain mapping is all good for a basic 3D context model, but it is nowhere near good enough for displaying your model in real location in all its glory. That’s where drones may come in handy.

Most 3D terrain data from OS or similar sources come in flat colorless detail-less blocks only, and satellite imagery are way too low-res to have any effect. At least, those that you can access publicly. These options are great for quickly mapping out the urban or rural environments around your model, but drastically limits options and capabilities when preparing client presentation renders.

This is where drones may be very useful. You can get into really speedy context-building without having to sacrifice photorealism. The idea is based upon taking lots of photos of the area with a drone with a high-res camera, and then using those photos to match and render the 3D context in SketchUp.

Incidentally, drones are already used in construction in a similar manner. They fly them around the site, especially in case of large or tall projects, to see the progress and to inspect difficult-to-reach spots. Now we can, and should, use a similar idea in SketchUp 3D context modeling.

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4 Salient Features of Lumion 8

It has been a while since the name of Lumion has carved out its majority space in every 3D designer’s mind. Many people use it personally and many companies use it professionally for their 3D rendering purposes. Today we have the most modern version of Lumion – the 10th, but the craze for this wonderful application started back in the years with Lumion 8. Today, let us look back and see what were the best features of Lumion 8 that made it so popular among 3D modelers and designers.


The first thing that blew the minds of Lumion users back then, was the introduction of the Styles feature in the rendering app. Styles are basically what you apply today as filters on smartphone photos – changing the color and tones of the photo in one tap. The styles feature worked similarly – you just choose a style from a list and the scene you are rendering gets a whole different look.

There were a bunch of predefined styles. But of course, you still had complete control over each and every aspect of the colors and tones and lighting, after applying a style (or not applying one at all, just going au naturelle). However, most people used to just choose a style and stick with it. because they were such great effects to begin with, you wouldn’t want to change much of the settings – maybe just change the shadows a bit or apply a bit of vignette, minor stuff like that.

Sky Light

In addition to Styles, there was another new feature in Lumion 8 called “Sky Light”. This is actually a brilliant algorithm to create photoreal lighting effects, especially in those scenes with sunlight. It creates a space effect with lights, making our eyes believe what we are looking at is lit up naturally. The shadows cast in this system were very natural too – plus, they were worked on later by the following feature.

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NHS Western Isles Hospital Energy Usage Upgrade with SketchUp

The NHS Western Isles Trust has always been very conscious about the energy footprint of its facilities. Recently, they became very conscious about the amount of energy their largest facility, the NHS Wester Isles Hospital, their flagship. This is the reason they invited GreenspaceLive to perform an energy analysis on the building and offer alternatives.

Why was this analysis needed?

As healthcare facilities go, hospitals are quite hungry in terms of energy consumption. First of all, they need temperature control and lights 24 hours a day, every day, without break. Add the extra machinery and ventilation, sterilization, kitchen, laundry and whatnot to that amount and it gets quite massive.

The location where this hospital is located adds to the bill as it is quite cold and wet, and that is absolutely not what you need inside a hospital. The heating and dehumidifying of each room need to be backed up with efficient insulation and passive systems. Anything that can make the energy consumption lower, without affecting the healthcare, is welcome.

Why GreenspaceLive?

Based out of Isle of Lewis in Scotland, GreenspaceLive is a spin-off of the renowned low-carbon footprint environment friendly construction and renewable energy research company, Greenspace Research. Born in 2008 in the Lewis Castle College, the firm uses SketchUp to draw up building plans and uses many great plugins developed by themselves to analyze and suggest changes to the energy usage and other environment-related issues of buildings.

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Custom SketchUp Workflow for Converting a 2D Warehouse Design to 3D Model

In today’s storekeeping operations, the need to visualize the workspace realistically is being felt more and more. Whether you are a logistics planner wanting to know the warehouse, or a builder or supplier wanting to show off their plans as real as possible, basic 2D CAD drawings (even worse, paper plans) don’t cut it anymore.

Wouldn’t it be nice to take that existing flat floorplan and whip up a shiny 3D model, depicting the space, presenting the relationships between the objects in the warehouse and the are? Well, if you think that way, you have come to the right place. This article presents a workflow to convert 2D from 3D in SketchUp. What’s so special about it? Well, it is customized for Warehouses specifically! And in relation, for any large general storage spaces.

So, without further ado, let’s learn it.

Raw materials

This is kind of obvious, but yes, you do need a 2D plan to begin with. Best if you have the 2D CAD files for the warehouse – you can import them directly into SketchUp. If not, you can scan paper drawings, blueprints etc. and take them into SketchUp.

Worst case scenario – you have only photos of the site. Well, even then SketchUp can work. There is a “Match Photo” feature in SketchUp that can input photographs of real space and you can construct a drawing around them. You will need complete picture sets, of course, covering all angles.

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SketchUp Can Help You Win Interior Designing Projects

So, you are looking to win an interior decoration tender? Perhaps your boss wants design ideas from various team members? Bottom line, do you need to make an outstanding pitch with such an interior design that will turn the head of your client or superior, but undecided about the best tool to use for it? Don’t worry, SketchUp is your best bet in this case.

Creativity and deadline collide with each other when you need to make a project pitch. Your focus needs to be on getting your ideas out of your head and transferring them to the screen as soon as possible – which will go on to winning the project for you or your team. SketchUp, it turns out, is very handy in these kinds of situations.

To be frank, you need the Sketchup Pro subscription to properly utilize the software in this scenario. With exciting and powerful plugins that can up your workflow through the roof, and LayOut’s capability in showing off the technicalities of your work, you have the best weapon in hand with SketchUp Pro when it comes to making killer design presentations.

Let’s discuss the steps of creating a great interior design with SketchUp.

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Quantifier Pro is a powerful sketchup plugin for cost estimation

This plugin can work out area, volume, length weight and costs in sketchup.

Compute Area

Measure the area of walls, slabs, roofing, flooring, cladding, and more. The calculation is done for both projected area (for objects with thickness) and surface area.

It produces a quick Material Report providing the surface area measurement of all the materials in your SketchUp model.

Volume Calculation

Quantifier Pro volume calculator is applied to calculate the total volume of groups and components and any nested objects inside. It can also work out the volume of objects which are not water-resistant solids.

It can also determine the volume of concrete, gravel, topsoil, water tanks, and more.

Measure Weight

To compute the weight of the objects in your sketchup model, attribute a unit weight density to the objects layer.

Unit weight is attributed with volume, area, or length.

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August Update Rolls Out for SketchUp 2020

Subsequent to presenting SketchUp 2020 in already this year, and an update in April, we’re satisfied to report that there is currently another update for August. These improvements center around a couple of long-standing client demands. How about we investigate the update report and see what we can expect in the August update of SketchUp 2020.

Linear inference toggles for the Line tool

SketchUp inferencing comes in all shapes and sizes. One of the most particular is the linear inferencing that permits you to snap or lock to the red, green, and blue tomahawks. Linear inferencing makes SketchUp work, yet it can likewise disrupt the general flow. For example, on the off chance that you are working with exceptionally little spaces or following pictures, we’ve gotten with you that it would be useful for inferencing to move.

To address this, the Line tool presently includes a modifier key [(ALT) on Win and (CMD) on Mac] to toggle linear inferencing on and off, so you can draw edges without being snapped to an inference. You can kill all inferences or leave just equal and opposite inferencing on. Obviously, you can in any case hop to a particular inference — red, green, blue, or red — utilizing the bolt keys.

Weld edges

‘Weld Edges’ has now been added to SketchUp’s local tools. This implies you can join edges and circular segments into a solitary polyline without introducing an augmentation. On the off chance that you haven’t utilized a weld expansion, start by welding edges for any face where you’d like a smooth push/pull expulsion. Select the edges you need to join, right-click and select ‘Weld Edges’.

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