Learn all about 3skeng List Tool for SketchUp

Spreadsheet capabilities can be added to SketchUp using 3skeng List. The new extension allows one to interact and work with SketchUp entities in data-based views. It helps you to list, filter, sort and multi-edit. Simply create a bill of materials, a list of parts or a report and export it to Excel (.xlsx).

How to work more efficiently with 3skeng List?

The powerful and interactive filtering, sorting and editing features allows you to work even more efficiently in large models.

The 3skeng list tool not just helps you to edit element properties but also helps you make complex and large selections that cannot be made otherwise. The spreadsheet view is always in sync with the 3D model, therefore, any changes made within the 3skeng list will result in immediate changes in the SketchUp model and vice versa. In the 3D view sub selections are highlighted interactively

How 3skeng List helps you to keep your model clean?

The purpose of the 3skeng list was to help professional in their everyday work. The features it consists of made to help keep the model clean or to find and solve errors. Using this you can find duplicate entities, convert multiple groups to components or replace multiple components with another component of the selection. Round the coordinates to your preferred precision. Having a clean model is an important aspect for high quality results.

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How and when to use Emissive Materials in Sketchup

By using emissive materials in your SketchUp projects you can create the perfect lighting. The emissive materials are different than artificial light and can help you create effects which cannot be achieved otherwise.By choosing to make your material emissive you can turn it into a light source which glows and can be given any shape and texture. This gives you a scope to be even more creative.

The glow from emissive materials can be used for television or computer screen, exit sign or even for the brake lights of a car. They can also be used where artificial lights cannot be used such as to create the effect of recessed ceiling light.

Deciding when to use emissive materials as opposed to artificial lights can be a difficult choice. Using the right type of lightning can help in the project appear more real. This article will guide you through the process of using emissive lights.

Definition of Emissive Material

These are self-illuminating materials which means that these materials can emit light across their surface. The intensity of the glow can determine how the surround area lights up. Emissive materials can be used to create complex forms of glow which allows you to be creative.

In rendering realistic scenes Global Illumination is a key element and emissive materials belong to the global illumination calculation. With the GI calculation light bounce creates an indirect source of light which illuminates areas without artificial light or direct sunlight. Emissive materials which are part of the GI calculation therefore emit indirect light. The emission materials cannot be used to simulate artificial light. Here is a list of instructions on how to make materials emissive using SketchUp- Using the Enscape’s material editor it takes two clicks. First of all, open the Material Editor with a click on the button in the Enscape ribbon, or by selecting Enscape Materials in the Enscape dropdown menu. Next by using the SketchUp pickup tool select the material you want to make emissive. This gives you more control on the various settings related to the emissive materials.

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Realistic Lighting Using Enscape

To create the perfect lighting in Enscape it is best to use different light types such as line, spot, sphere, rectangle, disk in grouped arrangements so as to have more control over the shadows and the lighting they produce.

Outside lighting

To diminish the yellow tones from the sun and the blue tones from the sky it is advisable to bring the sun intensity down to around 20% and enable a clear horizontal and white background. Also, bring the shadow sharpness down to zero.

Fill lights or portal lights

After adjusting the outside light, you can add fill lights made of several line light grouped together. This kind of lighting provides soft shadows and also enough of ambient light.

Detail lights

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SketchUp 2021 Update – What’s New?

The SketchUp 2021 update is all about building a strong foundation especially keeping in mind complicated projects. SketchUp not only made changes on the axis with update but as also designed a new logo for the new version of SketchUp. The new logo is made using the SketchUp program.

With the new update SketchUp intends to deliver high-quality, robust, yet affordable 3D tools needed to innovate. It mentions that the 2021 update comes with better model organization, smart and configurable objects for agile modeling.

INTRODUCING PreDESIGN: A NEW ADDITION

The PreDesign feature of SketchUp is a new addition. The idea behind it is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the site’s context before even the plans are drawn. This new climate research tool helps in understanding the surrounding environment where the project might take place.

PreDesign helps in connecting the climate and building type. It even suggests appropriate architectural responses. This tool will also help you to understand and provide shielding to portions of the structure might receive excessive sunlight resulting in overheating. This tool therefore will help you to start planning your project better by helping you design according to the climate.

Therefore, the idea of providing better foundation by SketchUp is uplifted by this tool. After designing an accurate architectural model, the next step would be to add real-world data into the model with Add location.

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How to utilise your Small Kitchen Space?

In this article we will elaborately discuss about how to design a kitchen, particularly a small kitchen. The shortage of space must not discourage you when it comes to designing your kitchen. For this article we are going to take our inspiration from a Scandinavian kitchen. The minimal, fuss-free appearance of a Scandinavian kitchen is always a treat to look at.

Before deciding on how you want to design your kitchen it is advisable to create a mood board. Your mood board will have a grid layout where you will add images of kitchen designs you like, along with color scheme and words which describes how you want the kitchen to look like.

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To achieve the sleek look of a Scandinavian kitchen it is advisable to choose one single colour for the units. Handles play an important role when it comes to how a space will look aesthetically.

Therefore, try to keep the handles minimal. You can opt for a no handles look for units fixed to the walls.

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How to view SketchUp Model in ArcGIS Urban?

3D models are important as it helps to envision what new developments might look like. It is becoming a necessity to utilize the models in GIS. To understand the real world development of a potential project you can upload your 3D models by using ArcGIS Urban.

This article will focus on the steps involved in exporting your SketchUp models and then importing the model into ArcGIS pro, sharing it ArcGIS online and ultimately adding the published model to an ArcGIS project as a scenario.

EXPORTING FROM SKETCHUP

To begin with, you must export your project model from SketchUp to a model type that must be compatible to be imported into ArcGIS Pro.

1. Open SketchUp Model.
2. Select the entire model and right click the model.
3. Select Make component and name it.
4. Replace selection with component must be checked off. Press Create.
5. Select File, export and choose 3D model. Save the model as COLLADA (.dae) file.

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Setting Wind Turbines with SketchUp Random Tools

Random Tools Extension for SketchUp

Random Tools are a set of tools to randomize various things in a SketchUp Model. In SketchUp, making a scene doesn’t disturb anybody. In fact, scenes help you save different model views and properties and then present those views to other people. When you create a scene, a tab appears at the top of the drawing area, so you can simply click the tab to display the saved view. In this article we are creating an energy generation scene and are going to discuss about random tools application.

Placing the Wind Turbine 

One can place the wind turbine which is accessible from 3d extension ware house in SketchUp. Suppose of one needs a large number of Wind turbines in the scene.

Let’s take a wind Turbine so it comes as a component. Then group the roller assembly. Explode the components so that one can go and explore the individual pieces and see the minute details, one can minutely examine the blades are accessible.

Rotating the Blades of the Wind Turbine

To make the rotation process follows the steps:

  • If one wants to rotate the blade of the wind Turbine, pick the group or component that needs to be rotated 
  • Next step is to go to randomize object from Randomize object tool. Rotate by 360 degrees. 
  • But there is a problem; it dislocates from the centre .Herein lies the operational function of the random tool. Random tool uses the centre of the bounding box when working on a group. For group it’s not as easy as a component because they don’t have a coordinating system. 

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BoxUp XYZ ? A new extension in extension warehouse

BoxUp XYZ is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

BoxUp expands Sketchup Dynamic Components with Dynamic Materials, Costing, Lists. It is very effective while dealing with sheet/profile based modular systems like; Kitchens, Office furniture, Shelving, Wardrobes, Aluminum profile systems and so on.

Sheet based materials may range from MDF, Plywood, Glass, Acrylics – any sheet based system.

Linear based materials like Aluminium profiles, Edgeband, gaskets – any profile based system.

It is possible to create your own collection of components or collections for a client. BoxUp Pro comprises of a wide range of dynamic components for kitchen design. It can be applied as reference, as a base to make your own, or utilize it as is.

Attribute manager: Establish attributes values for selected components – only changed attributes are revised. Swap components, select from a list of components in the collection to substitute the component(Pro only).

Material manager: The Material Manager applies ‘Tags’ to connect Sketchup materials and individual faces. Modify materials for selected components with the selected face tag.

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What Do People Say About Sketchup

SketchUp is the most popular 3D-based modeling and design tool in the world. Trimble Inc is the owner of SketchUp software.

Review No. 1

Luis H. V is a Cyber Security Product Engineer. He owns a company that currently has 50 employees.

What he likes

1. According to him “Sketchup Free version for PC water-cooling designers” is the most likable thing in SketchUp. He said that SketchUp helped him to see that when the pc water cooling project completed, how it would look like.

2. He shared plans with his friends. He was also able to download more shapes to complete the specific projects. Anyone can easily learn how to use SketchUp. so it helped him a lot to choose components for a better combination.

What he dislikes

He also said that he disliked that SketchUp now offers a very expensive annual subscription. Beginners could not access it due to its cost.

Solved problem through SketchUp

He completed the project about putting a custom water cooling system inside the PC and how the 3D printing uses the community shapes from forums and search on the web.

Review No. 2

Denise A is an Architect, GP BIM, Researcher, and Teacher. She also has a small business. More than 50 people work in this company.

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