Shaderlight 2020 – New SketchUp Software for Professionals

Shaderlight is interactive SketchUp software. It releases in 2020. Shaderlight plug in for Sketch Up so that professionals use this to make HD quality pictures in very short time. Shaderlight is way better than any other software. Users use this software very smoothly so nothing can obstruct their work.


  • This software is easy to learn. Users can use this software seamlessly. 
  • By using this software images will be look like lively. 
  • Complexity rate of this plug in SketchUp software is very low. 
  • Professionals create better animation by using this software. 

Light Emitting 

Light emitting replaces self-illuminating materials and area light. By using this software users can create accurate images. Users can do this in less effort. Material type and area lights are kept in Shaderlight so that the software can support previous existing models and specific abstract effect. Shaderlight glow and emit light that excite other surfaces. It can easily create specific light emitting objects.

This light emitting material has two type of mode. One is use to define the emission of color and other one allows the color to be specified.

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SimLab – The DWG file Exporter for SketchUp

SimLab is founded in 2007. It is a 3D software development company. It can develop 3D products.  SimLab is very easy to use. SimLab creates SimLab DWG file exporter. SimLab is a DWG file exporter. SimLab export files to SketchUp and vice versa. SimLab can be used in specific versions. Ther versions are mentioned below.

Available versions for using SimLab 

  • SimLab the DWG file exporter can be used in SketchUp 2017 
  • SimLab the DWG file exporter can be used in SketchUp 2018 
  • SimLab the DWG file exporter can be used in SketchUp 2019 
  • In SketchUp 2020 SimLab the DWG file exporter can be used. 
  • In SketchUp 2021 SimLab the DWG file exporter can be used. 
  • In Win SimLab the DWG file exporter can be used. 
  • SimLab the DWG file exporter can be used in Mac also. 

Features of SimLab 

  • SimLab can exports different DWG files. 
  • SimLab can customize different outputs. The outputs are scaling, up, normal and rotation. 
  • SimLab is also able to handle any kind of large models. 
  • SimLab can export files very fast. 
  • Users can use SimLab very comfortably. 
  • The exportation of DWG files is very high quality.  
  • It is very responsive to users’ questions and always eager to help. 


Language of this DWG file exporter is only English. So, users must know English very well to use SimLab.


The new version of SimLab is 11.1. It is updated in 17th June 2020.

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20 Years with SketchUp – A Tale of the Journey So Far

SketchUp is undeniably one of the top 3D modeling software, if not the very best. The program is enjoying its 20th year from first existence now. That means we have come through 20 years now. Today, we recount a tale of the 20 years of journey with SketchUp.


Brad Schell, an Architectural engineer, talks to software engineer Joe Esch about starting a new 3D modeling software he has been visualizing for a while. They put their heads together to start developing SketchUp.

At that time, CAD was very much specialist software. Whatever CAD solutions existed back then – countable on your fingers – was devilishly hard to learn, and you had to be highly skilled in drafting work already in order to even begin. There was no such thing as CAD for laymen.

So, Schell and Esch started developing CAD software that would be SIMPLE to learn, above all. Ease of use was at the top of their priorities. Accessibility took a front-row seat as SketchUp began to take its virtual shape.


The first launch of SketchUp came from @Last Software in 2000. Right out of the box, SketchUp won the best new product award at the AEC Systems Fall Show. The program received wildly praising reviews from professionals and laymen alike around the world, and continued to grow.

It was astounding, how many and how diverse people started to use SketchUp. From professional architects and engineers to artists and sculptors, from engineering students to basic homebuilders, interior decorators, 3D printing enthusiasts, even game designers started depending heavily on SketchUp.

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Looking Back To V-ray 3.6 For Sketchup Pro

V-Ray is computing software which is imagery rendering software application. Chaos group developed this application. It is a commercial extension which is used for visualization and computer graphics in media, industrial design.

Designers and architects love to use SketchUp for quick modeling features. Designers also love the seamless work of SketchUp.

New features of V-Ray 3.6

There are many new features added in V-Ray 3.6. the features are mentioned below.

1. GPU and hybrid rendering: V-Ray 3.6 gave quick and more powerful capacities of GPU rendering. It also added support to aerial perspective, subsurface scattering, shadow, displacement. V-Ray 3.6 actually ran-on NVIDIA CUDA so it could take all the advantages of available hardware both CPU and GPU.

2. Viewport rendering: Users viewed the V-Ray renders without leaving the SketchUp viewport. They were able to choose the image part for rendering. Users were able to blend between V-Ray render and SketchUp model.

3. The UI: V-Ray 3.6 was made cleaner and simpler for the interface of SketchUp. Designers also bought 4K monitor many times to get the high resolution.

4. The asset manager: By using the V-Ray 3.6 users were able to overview of everything in the scene. Users could set the files path and created the scene achieves. So, users did not lose track of texture and proxy files.

5. Color picker: V-Ray 3.6 added the new option color picker for SketchUp pro. This color picker was simple and easy to use. Users selected the color values in screen sRGB or rendering the color space.

6. The lights: V-Ray 3.6 was able to analyze the lights in the model and users could easily choice the perfect lighting for their model. So, V-Ray 3.6 software reduced render time up to 70%. It saved lots of time of the users in 2018.

7. Compatibility of VRscans: V-Ray 3.6 also added a super level of realism to the projects. Library of Chaos group had 600 photorealistic material in their stock so, it captured with scanning technology of V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp Pro members.

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Better way of Designing through ConDoc Tools in SketchUp

How to Design with Condoc 

Once 3D drawing came into the market, architects and Engineers had real fun is redesigning their models. But as time passed by it became far too complicated. The heavy over featured beam solution had asked too many questions and often came in the way of design. For a seamless design draft and using Realtime visualizations one can go with SketchUp, Layout and ConDoc Tools. This system falls far paced of the functionalities and efficiencies of CAD and a way better than that. But falls all sort of questions and the extra complexities of Beam.

So, with SketchUp, ConDoc and layout, one can customize it as per their requirement, and it’s far cheaper, more efficient, fun and time saving.

Using SketchUp, ConDoc and Layout 

So, let’s start our model by first selecting the layout and Press Ctrl-N, select again letter landscape document. Now use the scale drawing and create 4 and1/2-inch walls and then press 9 enter so it becomes a 9’ wall. It adds a new piece in one’s work flow. Create a 32-inch opening, incorporate the door and the window; you can drop those using the select tools. Now we can see we have got our bathrooms. 6’ by 9’.

Drafting in layout has been super easy with scale drawing command. Ow using SketchUp ConDoc invitation tool select the tub, Using SketchUp ConDoc Invitation Button drop the toilet and then on another corner using the same SketchUp ConDoc Invitation Button drop the vanity. Now take the sketch and draft it. Save the Bathroom sketch by File – Export-DWG and then export the SketchUp File.

ConDoc4.5 has been updated with SketchUp 2019.Take and project and adhere to any standard. You can completely configure your design adhere to your standard. Now import the design and take measure tools to measure the widths. Next step is to go to the background and the background layer and off the visibility.

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SketchUp Ruby Code Editor is Updated

This code editor extension offers a simple to-utilize and outwardly engaging approach to compose and alter Ruby contents straightforwardly inside SketchUp. These contents would then be able to be utilized to make calculation, include usefulness or include information inside the SketchUp 3D modeling condition. The SketchUp Ruby API gives a broad arrangement of capacities to automatize SketchUp from multiple points of view or make scripted, computational math.

The developer, Alex Schreyer made this editor basically for two reasons: One is that Alex needed an approach to alter and run SketchUp Ruby code directly within SketchUp’s 3D modeling condition. Regularly this is done in an outer editor, yet having an interior editor takes into account utilizing both scripting and modeling simultaneously – relying upon your requirements.

The editor needed to give simple admittance to the Ruby coding condition and act more like a genuine code editor. To achieve this, I included a touch of jQuery (and jQuery UI) enchantment to make it look great and have some extra visual highlights (for example the tabs and menus).

Alex additionally included the fantastic CodeMirror grammar highlighting motor. This gives the editor multi-language code highlighting, right TAB control, find/supplant, section coordinating, code collapsing, and numerous different highlights. Simply load the module and check it out to see with your own eyes that it is so natural to utilize!

The other purpose behind this extension is that when you compose code, for all time you need to look into documentation. To make this simpler, Alex included a lot of reference webpages to a browser window. Additionally, a dropdown beneath the editor contains some normal code pieces that can be embedded at the current cursor position. I am additionally exploring different avenues regarding a code-finish include that you can conjure anytime by clicking CTRL-SHIFT. It contains SketchUp’s classes and strategies.

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Adding SketchUp Models to ArcGIS Urban

With the fourth technological wave incoming, more and more construction firms and government authorities are switching to 3D visualization of building projects before they accept the proposal. The requirement of truly look at a scene of how the project will look like – not just imagine in via abstract drawings – is becoming the standard. Using ArcGIS Urban, you can let your client or boss look at how the project will look in real life setting, but to do that, you will need to know how to use your CAD models in ArcGIS Urban.

In this guide, we will discuss how to import and utilize a SketchUp model in ArcGIS Urban. We will explore the steps to export the SketchUp model to the right format, importing it into ArcGIS Pro, upload it to ArcGIS Online, and finally publishing it on ArcGIS Urban. Let’s go!

Export the SketchUp Model

  • Open your building model in SketchUp.
  • Select the entire model. You can use drag selection or “ select all ” option from menu. There is also the Ctrl+A shortcut.
  • Right-click the selected model. Select “ Make Component ”.
  • The component creation box appears. You can put a name and other properties here.
  • Uncheck “ replace section ” box, and click “ create ”.
  • Now go to the Export menu (in File menu) and then choose to export as COLLADA (.dae) file.
  1. Import the model to ArcGIS Pro
    • Open a new ArcGIS Pro project. Use a “ Local Scene ”.
    • Right click “ File Geodatabase ” in the Catalog tab.
    • Select New > Feature
    • A box opens. Give a Name and an Alias here.
    • Select “ Multipatch ” in the feature class type drop-down.
    • Click Finish to get out of the box.
    • Go to the Edit tab to click on Create .
    • Find the model file option and click on the green plus sign beside it.
    • A file choice box opens. Select the .DAE file you’ve just exported from SketchUp and click on Ok.
    • The model will snap to your mouse cursor. Use that to move the model to where it should be placed on the map, and click there. Be careful in this step.
    • Save your project. ( Edit>Save ).
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Authentic visualization in Lumion

Lumion is software based on 3D. This software is specially made for architects. It is very easy to use. So, everybody can use it to make 3D models. Lots of 3D software knowledge does not require to use this Lumion software. It is very popular visualization software for architects.

It also can change the 3D CAD designs into videos, images and online presentation. This software also helps the professionals to add environment elements like plants, animals, objects, different effect. Lumion takes much less time for rendering. Lumion has superfast rendering.

Advantages of Lumion 3D

1. Anybody can use this software.
2. Lumion 3D software Save lots of time.
3. Huge content library available in Lumion 3D software.
4. Visualization of Lumion 3D.
5. Professionals can create authentic visualization.

In this article we will discuss about authentic visualization in Lumion.

Authentic visualization

A.) Times of rendering takes very much less time than others.
B.) Improvement of output quality is also shown there in the software.
C.) Lumion has different kind of collection like curtains, leaves and aged material collection.
D.) Area light option is also available here in this software.
E.) Line light objects are also available in Lumion 3D.
F.) Material editor is revised every time in this software.
G.) In this software rendering option can be expanded.
H.) Rendering option is available here for still images and animation.
I.) Importation of strand can be happened from Open Street Maps.
J.) This type of software has orthographic view.
K.) Animated phasing can be possible in this software.

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Virtual Design and Construction with SketchUp as Done by M Moser

M Moser Associates is a global AEC firm specializing in workplace construction. They have been in action for only fifteen years, but within this short time they have already gained major traction with many big commercial construction projects. M Moser uses a methodology named ‘VDC’ implemented with SketchUp and LayOut – and it works like a charm!

What is VDC

According to Charles Corley, Director of Organizational Development at M Moser, VDC is Virtual Design & Construction. Which is a particular workflow that constructs the entire project model in 3D, instead of relying upon 2D drawings and specialized people to interpret them. All major stakeholders in the project can participate and understand the project model very easily since they can directly visualize what the thing will look like actually in real-life, regardless of their expertise with architectural designs.

In VDC, a wall looks like a wall, a table looks like a table, and you can walk through the virtual 3D building as you would in real life. VDC thus becomes an effective communications tool that keeps everything transparent among different parties involved in the project.

How SketchUp helps M Moser focus in business

The legendary flexibility of SketchUp lets M Moser take on many kinds of projects, but their main focus goes on to designing workplaces, offices, etc. SketchUp and LayOut’s capabilities expand way beyond the basics with the many plugins available online, and together they make up one of the best architectural and engineering design software ever built.

The problem with these types of projects is that they can be ever-changing. New technologies come up every day changing workplace requirements, and you have to be nimble to cope with the ever-changing times. With rather traditional projects, fast work is rewarded while you nail things down before estimates and construction begins, for the proper documentation and permits work. But large projects change and move like a live animal right from the get-go, and having an extremely adaptive design platform is the key to keep up.

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How Can You Make Everything 3D-Printable?

Modeling in SketchUp is fun and easy. But when you have to print that model in a 3D printer, you will often face problems. Most of the issues you will face while trying to make a model 3D printable are solid errors. In other words, the model is not “Waterproof” or a “Manifold” solid. Turning that kind of SketchUp model into a 3D model is a real pain!

Today, we will show you how to make SketchUp models 3D-printable easily and comfortably.

You may have heard of a few SketchUp plugins related to 3D printing, some stuff like “Solid Inspector” or “Solid Solver”. Don’t get me wrong, those are excellent extensions and do quite well on their own. However, they are not exactly AI, and can’t really automatically fix a model – you still have to do it by hand.

Fortunately, there’s a solution from a SketchUp and iMaterialize joint venture, called “Printables for 3D Warehouse”. Let us see how it works!

Consider a model with an intersection of three shapes. Not that the shapes are intersected using the section tools either – they just jut out and into each other blatantly. Quite obscene to a 3D printer, right? Let’s make it worse. Remove one face from one of the solid objects, and put a hole in another object. Eww!

Normally, with an unknown model this solid (#sarcasm), you will have to get in the field with the Solid Inspector plugin, and fight for your life (or the model’s life, same difference really) for quite some time. However, now there is a much easier solution. You just upload it to the 3D warehouse and mark it as printable.

That’s insane, right? All that work done by a check box? Really?

Actually, yes. Just upload the model to 3D warehouse the normal way (a short guide follows) and make it printable.

  1. Go to File menu > 3D Warehouse > Share Model
  2. A dialog box appears, asking for many information.
  3. You have to give a name to the model here. The rest is purely optional, but good practice to write something here.
  4. There is a privacy setting near the top, you have to choose either Public or Private here.
  5. Now comes the real deal. Look at the bottom of the dialog box. There will be a new option called named “I want this to be 3D printable.” Beside there is the logo of Materialize. Check that box!
  6. Click Update and wait a bit.
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