SketchUp models look much better when their surfaces get texture and color. Heiko Rech provides some useful tips through this sketchup video for applying color and texture maps to the surfaces of your sketchup models to make them beautiful as well as include detail and realism to your models.
SketchUp facilitates you to paint materials on faces. Materials basically belong to paints which contain a color and optional texture.
Once you apply materials to your model, the special abilities of SketchUp’s materials can allow you to perform various tasks like replace one material with another, edit the material, measure the quantities of materials required.
SketchUp comprises of different types of materials collections: carpet, tile, groundcover, glass, wood, and more. It is possible to generate your own material if the particular material, you are looking for is unavailable.
Within the SketchUp interface, the materials are modeled with the Paint Bucket tool and the Materials browser (Microsoft Windows) or the Colors browser (Mac OS X). The Materials or Colors browser also facilitates you to view, manage, and arrange the materials. With the Materials or Colors browser, it becomes easier to monitor the materials in your model and produce your own custom materials collections as per your projects or workflows.
Recently some significant changes are taken place in geological surveys with the introduction of drones and Digital photogrammetry that can substitute the old manual process of 2d mapping with 3d printed models. Thus photogrammetry can automate the surveying process by producing complicated, 3D models.
Digital photogrammetry is the system of taking dimensions from digital photographs by applying remote sensing and speedy imaging to record exact positions of surface points in 2D and 3D precisely.
Drones provide immense benefits for obtaining data from regions (rocky cliffs) that are usually very tough for surveyors. Drones facilitate the surveyors to generate numerous points in quickest possible time.
Drones Imaging utilizes PhotoScan photogrammetry software to create the 3D models out of the images and data its drones produce. The images are formed with .obj format. The next level of exactitude entails 3DReshaper, which can fine-tune the 3D models and make them ready for printing.
Recently 3D printing has evolved in such a way that it can now be applied in line with digital photogrammetry and 3D modeling to create 3D printed models of the correlated data. Some leading 3d modeling programs like Sketchup comes up efficiently in transforming 2D- and 3D-survey data into functional 3D models. The advanced 3D printed is the part and parcel of this avant-garde process.
It is expected tha the 3D printing technology will advance at an alarming rate in near future and Drones Imagining can bring superior 3D printed models that will keep the accuracy of the present, smaller-scale ones.