Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp – The newest sketchup plugin

Act-3D B.V. is the developer of Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp. This newest sketchup plugin supports sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

With this plugin, it is possible to create real-time, photorealistic rendering of your sketchup model.

The users can model their sketchup design in a wonderful and realistic surroundings.

Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp also comprises of:

– Camera synchronization among SketchUp and Lumion
– It has the ability to add and save Lumion’s stunning materials to your LiveSync project
– Real-time materials synchronization and visualization
– Automatic model importing into Lumion (there is no requirment to import a model individually)

To get live demonstration, watch the following video tutorial.

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PNG Trees in 3D Warehouse

SketchUp is one of the most used software for 3D modeling and design tools across the world and SketchUp team works with a motto that is “SketchUp for everyone”. From their beginning they are continuously working to give their users better, smarter and successful experience to work with SketchUp and they have published so many tools that will be useful for designing and modeling. As a result of their constant improvement now-a-days it has been using by hundreds of thousands of architects, engineers, contractors, woodworkers, artists and other people from different various fields. They are working on SketchUp Pro, LayOut, Extension Warehouse and the 3D Warehouse for designing each and every little object from motion centers to treehouses and many more.

About SketchUp 3D Warehouse: The SketchUp 3D Warehouse is a wonderful part of SketchUp and popular among the SketchUp users where anyone can find various 3D models. It is generally an open source library where SKetchUp users can work on models, upload it there and also download various uploaded models for sharing with clients, teammates etc. The models can be easily downloaded into any program without saving in the computer, the file sizes of the models should be up to 50 MB and these models can also make, change and upload in the 3D Warehouse without any charge.

The models with the help of 3D Warehouse look lively and users can get various pre made objects here that can be easily applicable in any model like plants, trees, people, sun, moon, building etc. Here the modeling of PNG Trees is described with a scene of a beautiful cottage.

Verkley Design and Modeling has created a wonderful model of a lovely small cottage in the woods with full of trees and uploaded it in the 3D Warehouse. Users can download this model by clicking on the logo of the 3D warehouse or can use it in any other model having the same features. In the model, the trees can easily grab anyone’s attention as they are so well designed and furnished. The structures are made with simple group and components, except that they use photo painting than just modeling the individual leaf. These trees are more efficient and helpful to design any model rather than the original and large 3D trees.

To see the painted faces navigate around the model on the slower machines and using Monochrome view individual painted faces will appear that can help to understand the original technique of modeling the trees. For the big trees with the texture of lot of leaves they used the Shaded tool with Texture view and used a lot of painted faces at every angle with a transparent background.

Besides this model, there are lots of different tree models are also available at the 3D Warehouse library that can apply in the models. In case anyone want to use little trees, plants or shrubs to reduce the file size they can try some Face-Camera trees from the 3D Warehouse. In the place of PNG trees there are some other model trees can be a replacement of it that will give the model same look; such as Alpha Tree or Transparent Tree which are single, flat and printed faces.

Face-Camera Component: In the above part we have seen that the tree models can be made in Face-Camera tool rather than downloading the created models. The Verkley Design and Modeling team has worked with the tool in another model to make some trees; at first they take a model tree with a transparent background. Users can find the tree background from Google Images go there and search for “alpha transparent tree”.

Now choose one from the list of the trees; just right click on the required tree and choose one of the saving options and save it in the PNG format. After choosing team go back to SketchUp again and chose the File/Import option and imported as an image from the PNG files. Then they just clicked on the two corners for bringing the image as per size and worked from the front view and then orbit the image for furnished ending.

It is not the end, there were some fixes that need to done correctly, the tree has to make with groups and components. Users can do it easily by click the right button of the mouse to explode it and then it will become a component by selecting the image and edges. Next the axes box has to check to complete the component and it is very important for face-camera to work as the red axis menu has to go with the image and the blue one has to go up.

Also check the Face Camera box to complete the process and click on the Create menu to finish the works.

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3D Printing Extension – The sketchup plugin just launched

i.materialise, an online 3D printing platform, has developed 3D printing extension. It is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This extension will be useful for architecture, education, engineering, gaming and interior design.

Just upload your SketchUp model to i.materialise and receive a quick quote. Select from more than 100 various 3D printing materials and finishes.

1. Set up the extension from the Extension Warehouse,
2. As soon as it is installed, it will be situated in SketchUp under “Extensions > Print 3D”,
3. Just click “Print 3D i.materialise” to upload your design directly from SketchUp,
4. Select from 100+ various finishes and materials (along with metals!),

5. Get an instant price quote,
6. Printing and shipping the design will be handled by i.materialise.

This sketchup plugin is available in extension warehouse

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BIM based Point Layout Software is ideal for surveying professionals

Autodesk Inc. has developed Point Layout software to perform layout on the construction site accurately. This software can simplify the surveying process by maintaining the perfectness of the model to the job site for contractors and subcontractors.

It applies model coordinate information at the construction site to enhance office-to-field efficiency and QA/QC, curtail rework, and improve layout productivity.

The software generates points on almost any object and export point locations to a series of robotic instruments.

The software offers the following exclusive features

Generate points: Generate points inside drawings and models produced through AutoCAD, Revit, or Navisworks software.

Export to robotic instruments: Export points from AutoCAD, Revit, or Navisworks software to a total station or other robotic instrument to keep the layout of the construction accurate.

Import field conditions: Import staked point locations back into AutoCAD, Revit, or Navisworks software to facilitate generating an as-built model for handoff.

Export to Navisworks: Export your work from AutoCAD or Revit software and import it into Navisworks software to modify your point locations throughout the coordination process.

Control points: Add, import, and export control points to your model. Control points can comprise of automatic grid intersection placement, import, and manual placement in AutoCAD and Revit software.

Coordinate systems: Include coordinate systems to your model that match the job site. This allows you to align your points with the entire construction project.

3D-model based layout: Incorporeate with the BIM 360 Layout iPad app and manage your layout from the entire model.

Compare points: Utilize imported field points with field deviation reports for QA/QC, then pass issues to BIM 360 Field software for resolution.

Slab analysis: Import field or as-built points of any surface into Revit software for deviation analysis of field against the design model.

To download the trial version of Point Layout, click on the following link

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SketchUp 3D Basecamp Benelux 2017

SketchUp 3D Basecamp Benelux 2017 will be held on Fri, November 24, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM CET at Het Evoluon, Noord Brabantlaan 1A, 5652 LA Eindhoven, Netherlands.

There will be instructional Keynote sessions about several SketchUp Pro workflows as well as supplementary scopes like rendering, Virtual Reality, 3D printing and more at 3D Basecamp for the sketchup enthusiast. Besides, an exclusive SketchUp, LayOut and V-Ray workshop will be conducted to transform your SketchUp Pro skills to the next level.

Given below, the lists of some renowned keynote speakers :-

Matthijs Kraan – Freyr Architecten about SketchUp Pro all the way
Nick Nijmeijer – ITCAD about SketchUp Pro & BIM
Dave Wayne – CADalog inc about SU Podium
Stijn Brilman – Canon Nederland about 3D Printing Architectural Models

Venue of the basecamp :-

08:30 – Reception with coffee / tea / refreshments
08:30 – Registration and Wardrobe
09:00 – Opening session in the Main Hall
09:15 – Keynote sessions in the Main Hall
10:00 – Workshop sessions in the Small Hall
10:45 – Intermission

11:00 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
12:30 – Lunch
13:15 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
15:30 – Intermission
15:45 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
16:30 – Closing session with raffle in the Main Hall
17:00 – Drinks
18:00 – End

To book your seat online, click on the following link

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Printable for 3D warehouse

3D modeling has become easier with the introduction of many new software applications. The complex things seem easier with the tools and extensions. But making 3D designs in printable format remains a hectic job that involves many tough steps. With the SketchUp application, designers and artists find a simpler way to draw their models without being an expert in the fields. The subtle look of the model seems as accurate as it is done by an expert.

The need for 3D printable designs is felt intensely as the 3D designing industry flourishes with time. The conventional process is not enough to fit the growing need. This is why SketchUp in collaboration with 3D Warehouse and Materialise comes up with a comprehensive solution. It allows users to translate their 3D model into the printable format without going through any hectic steps. 3D Warehouse with their internal expert support makes the design printable-ready STL file – a required process to transform your design into 3D printable format.

3D print is a completely different chapter of study for designing where you are learned to add sizes and lengths to the model for the printable. Different factors are inevitably involved in this process. SketchUp eliminates those tough ones and gives you a way to make the model print-ready for you.

What do they do?

Experts in Materialise do their best job to offer you the desired result. The STL file format of 3D Warehouse is considered to be the solver of such problem. With the help of Meterialise and 3D Warehouse, SketchPlan offers a better functioning tool to you for this purpose.

The Printables of 3D Warehouse: To make your design 3D printable, you need to choose the check box – ‘I want this model to be printable.’ You need to upload the model to the 3D Warehouse. This model is then passed to the Materialise where it is transformed into an STL file. This new STL file goes through an array of gauntlet tests that fix general issues smoothly and provide you with a watertight STL file. Materialise sends this file to the 3D warehouse from where you can easily download your printable format.

How to find out your Printable file: To get the printable format of your 3D design, sign in your 3D Warehouse account and browse the model details page. Type the name followed by ‘is.printable’ in the search bar of the site. If you are searching for all printable objects, type ‘is:printable.’

This is the easiest method so far for making 3D design printable. The application does not require you to perform complex functions like correcting sizes, alignment for getting the better result. Prepare your model first and send to the 3D Warehouse – is just the process you need to maintain.



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How to Make Quick 3D Models From AutoCAD to SketchUp

One of the main advantages of using SketchUP is the ability to produce very fast 3D massings for the recommended site. This enables the understanding of how the space works in 3Rd dimension. Very often it’s tough for designers and clients alike to understand the relation of the ground plane and how they inform one another.

The great advantage to use SketchUp Pro is the ability to import DWG files from CAD programs, using the line that has drafted in AutoCAD to build the model. After simply importing the DWG lines and making them surfaces, it will be easier to build a model in just a few minutes.

  1. Drafting in AutoCAD: First, the easiest step is drafting in CAD. Whether it is traced from hand drawn lines or drafted on specific detail level, it is need to make sure that the lines are connected properly. SketchUP is fussy, in that if there is a break in the lines, it will not want to make it a surface. After making a clean drawing, it must be saved as a DWG.
  2. Importing Into SketchUp: Next go to file>import in Sketchup. Only SketchUp Pro users can import DWGs, but SketchUp Make users are able to import JPGs. At first export lines from AutoCAD as a PDF, then convert them to a JPG. Then the file can be imported into SketchUp. From there it will be easy to trace the lines using drawing tools in SketchUp. This takes more time, but it can be effective. For SketchUp Pro users make sure in the import screen to click “options” and then match the SketchUp units with AutoCAD units.
  1. Proofing and Making Surfaces: Go to window>model info>statistics, then “purge unused” as well as “fix problems”.


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Verto Studio 3D for VR Is Done Now You Can Build 3D Models in HoloLens or VR

Vetro Studio 3D promises you to provide an ultimate thrill of 3 Modeling world by offering a real-time experience like nothing before. Michael Farrell, the owner of Verto Studio LLC, develops the application to remove certain shortcomings today’s 3D designing applications generally have. It works to bridge the gap between XR 3D modeling and the quintessential desktop 3D modeling packages. The HTC vive and Oculus Rift versions have seen improvements with the announcement.

The surge in mixed reality technologies leads us to the world of dimensions where we can stroll around in the virtual 3D world like our existed real world. A demand for new technologies and tools has been felt to make the world even sharper and subtle. Every designer at their early stage might face the difficulties of converting 2d designs into a real object of 3D space using CAD and 3D modeling. 25 years has been spent in discovering a tool that can be termed as a proficient solution of designing virtual objects in 3D. Verto Studio 3D is the name that breaks all limitations of 3D designing and provides an uncompromising platform where designers not only design but also feel their 3D models.

With this 3D modeling package, a designer gets invaluable knowledge of shape, measurement and other related things with experiencing their 3D models in the virtual space. The Verto Studio VR for HoloLens and windows Holographic design ensures that you get the real fun while designing 3 D models in holographic 3 D modeling studio developed with reality tool.

The application supports a wide range of file domains like FBX, DAE, OBJ, and STL that allow users to import different mesh models or design their own objects. With this application, users can transform desktop support or tablet support 3D files into hologram-capable files. A built-in cloud integration certifies users to access to users’ documents for both export and import fields.

Features offered by Verto Studio 3D:

  • DAE,OBJ,STL,FBX file import
    • Verto Studio file format support via Verto Studio Cloud or Other Cloud Services
    • Polygonal Mesh generation
    • Plane
    • Cubes
    • Spheres
    • Toruses
    • Cylinders
    • Terrain generator (height field)
  • 3D Sketch tool
    • Mesh Augmentation
    • Polygon reduction
    • Polygon extrusion
    • Polygon subdivision
    • Texture coordinate editor
    • Editing features
    • Vertex Translation/Rotation/Scaling
    • Metric display of position & size measurements for 3D holograms
    • Mirror
    • Material editor
    • Texture mapping
    • Undo
    • Multiple Real-time shading modes and rendering of diffuse & bump texture maps
    • Real-time scaling, moving, rotating, panning, auto scene re-orientation

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PlusSpec Draws Easy and Effortless Rules for 3D Designs in SketchUp

Simple yet stunning is what PlusSpec is for 3D designers and artists. This offers an easy and effective platform where designing seems as effortless as dreaming. This new update in the 3D world has started gaining responses from across the globe with all its right reasons including offering an effective 3D platform, making designs clean and comprehensive, and allowing everyone to sketch 3D and 2D designs creatively.

With a promise to make you efficient and professional, the software ventured out a new journey in the 3D paints. By definition, it is a combination of most popular designing software like 3D CAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design & Construction (VCD), Real Production Integration and Integration Project Delivery.

This new software focuses on three major elements – designing, drafting and drawing, and communicating through designs. For any budding designer, this software proves to be a great help with its easy-to-use features and functions covering every need of today’s designers.

Designing with PlusSpec: SketchUp got a huge popularity because it saves time and cost of designing in 3D. This new addition follows the path of the former and brings in new tools that are magnificent and surprising for designers. PlusSpec is considered to be the only BIM software, with which you can design too. While the contemporaries of PlusSpec work as virtual drafting tools, it distinguishes from them for being a designing tool. It is no doubt to say that the software even suppresses the popularity of two renowned 3D Tools – 3D CAD and BIM. The maker revealed that it is the first VDC and designs customizable structure with adding sharp and sheer details.

Drafting or Constructing 2D Drawings: Professional drawing is no longer a work of an expert, thanks to the PlusSpec and SketchUp Pro. You can transform your dream models in 3D as quickly and prominently as an expert does. Maintaining the desired accuracy, the software lets you construct professional drawings for clients and Construction Documentation (CD). PlusSpec exclusively produces a 2D drawing set bringing plans, selections, elevations and details. Your 2D drawing also changes with the models. It eventually enhances your focus more on designing rather than modeling and drafting.

Communicate well with your designing intent: Communication through designs has become cleaner and more understandable for everyone. The tool is designed in such a way that you can eliminate the conventional designing error quickly and presents a design that communicates well with your clients. With 3D models of your construction, you will definitely stay ahead of others in expressing your designing spree.

Cost effectiveness: Architecture can understand the budget behind designing 3D models. Added to this, the design is subject to change many times; thus, it enhances the cost also. Whatever you design in PlusSpec has maintained a strong accuracy and is qualified automatically. Offering a true value of 3D, PlusSpec is more than just a 3D designing tool. With an easy-to-learn ability, it welcomes everyone associated with the designing world to transform dreams into the sketches and lines of dimensions. Simple to understand and with a better communication approach, this tool foresees the future of 3D designing and gives a glimpse of the coming days.

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How to apply wood texture maps to your sketchup models

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.

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