Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

This exclusive v-ray for sketchup video tutorial, Alex Oliver, lead instructor at Sketchup School, provides some useful tips for the user so that they can’t omit some vital steps while rendering with v-ray for sketchup. The users always miss these vital steps and waste huge time for recreating the rendering.

The video focuses on the following crucial points :-

1. How to place the Sun in SketchUp in order that V-Ray can perfectly shine sunlight into your model
2. Guidelines for applying Groups, Components & Layers in SketchUp to transform your rendering workflow more effective in V-Ray
3. Guidelines for arranging your materials to simplify them to perform with in V-Ray
4. The variation in how V-Ray renders details, and why it is necessary to add more of them in SketchUp to improve the quality renderings remarkably.
5. How to maximize your polygon count in SketchUp for rapid, superior quality renderings in V-Ray.

The first important step is to ensure your model is render-ready. Render-ready checklists comprise of the following five important steps :-

a. Orient your model
b. Optimize Your File
c. Arrange your materials
d. Include realistic details
e. Recall your polygons

To get detail explanations about these important steps, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Architecture Inspirations

Some vital steps in rendering with v-ray for sketchup

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“Highlights of some amazing 3D Printed Projects in 2019”

The 3D printing technology allows any kind of design to be brought to life which releases architects from the limitations of standard construction.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is way of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital life. The creation or making of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes and in this process, an object is made by laying down successive layers of material till the object is created. Each of these layers can be visible as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. So basically 3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out a piece of metal or plastic with for specimen a milling machine.

SketchUp is just made for 3D printing and designing in SketchUp is cool as 3D printing is something that moves is cooler and unique than that. In this article we are going to discuss about a few features that can be include by the users to make their creations more than just interestingly shaped hunks of immobile plastic. Aidan Chopra and Rebecca Huehls this time comes up with new tricks about 3D printing in SketchUp.

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is owned by Trimble Inc., a mapping, surveying and navigation company. It is mainly a 3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also.

3D printing technology has changed many industries globally and among them most impact can be seen on Construction industry which offers freedom and versatility in a right budget. This article will describe four new 3D Printed projects in 2019 among Construction industry.

Most of the companies that use 3D printed program in construction are startups businesses are still in their developing phase though the number of countries using 3D technology is growing every day. Dubai is the leader of those countries where the most famous and luxurious UAE city has started a new structure that will be going to be built by using 3D technology.

  • Project Milestone: This is based in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), the engineers of Netherlands are planning to build five 3D printed concrete homes; this unique project makes them the first commercial housing project using 3D technology. Where the homes will be of new ages, having all kind of comforts etc.
  • Apis Cor: It is a startup which is located in San Francisco made a demonstration of its own 3D technology by creating a house in Stupino, Russia in 2016. Their technology is versatile and mobile as they printed the whole home on site to cut the transport expense. In future they are expecting to make homes using dual extrusion that will allow printing components other than the concrete structure. Recently the company has collaborated with SEArch+ and entered the “3D Printed Habitat Challenge”, a contest organized by NASA.
  • New Story: It is a nonprofit located in Texas who has partnered with Icon which is a company that creates printers, robotics and advanced materials to work on affordable housing solutions.
  • WinSun: WinSun created its first houses in 2013 using the first continuous 3D printer; they used a special mixture made of sand, cement and fibre along with suitable additions to print house components layer by layer in their Suzhou factory in China.

Source:https://www.dropbox.com/s/bwb0zw262ow9l59

Highlights of some amazing 3D Printed Projects in 2019

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V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, demonstration is given on new V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp comprises of some advanced features like fast-paced GPU rendering, smart hybrid rendering, a efficient UI, viewport rendering, VRscans support, and lots other. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018.

Given below, some exclusive features of this latest version :-

VIEWPORT RENDERING: New viewport rendering facilitates the users to simply choose and render several regions simultaneously, and instantly intermingle among V-Ray render and SketchUp model with +/- hotkeys to manage opacity.

STRONG GPU RENDERING: Rapid, more strong GPU rendering with additional support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.

HYBRID GPU+CPU RENDERING: With V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA, the users can reap the complete benefit of all existing hardware along with CPUs and GPUs.

ADAPTIVE LIGHTS: For scenes which contain adequate lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can allow minimizing render times by up to 700%.

SMART UI: The complete V-Ray for SketchUp interface now becomes cleaner and easier, with superior support for 4K monitors.

FILE MANAGER: Organize all of your scene files under one position. Arrange file paths, form scene archives, and monitor assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.

V-RAY COLOR PICKER: With the addition of new color picker, it makes it possible to choose color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.

V-RAY SCENE IMPORT: Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications like 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit

To view online demonstration of V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, watch the following video tutorial from Chaos Group.

Download Sketchup Pro 2018

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

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How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will get some nice tricks which will be very helpful while modeling inside of groups and components.

Groups and components play an important role to make the model clean and valid. But sometime, problem arises when the geometry is invisible at the time of editing when the remaining part of the model gets in your way. By applying these tricks, it is possible to get a clear view while editing components. It becomes easier to edit inside of a group or components.

To start with, go to window tab and from the drop down menu click on modeling info option and then click on components tab. Here, couple sliders are available. Under editing display, there are two sliders namely Fade Similar Components and Fade Rest of Model. Under Component Axes, there is one check box called show component axes. Make necessary changes in the sliders to resolve the issue.

There is another option. Go to view menu and from drop down lists click on component edit and select either hide rest model or hide similar components.

To learn the tips in detail, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Sketchup

How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

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2018 Click-Kitchen 2 is an exclusive plugin for designing your kitchen

David B has developed 2018 Click-Kitchen 2, an exclusive sketchup plugin that can be applied to create the drawing of your 3D kitchen easily and rapidly. The plugin comprises of over 5000 references of IKEA furniture together with customize option.

This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

With this sketchup plugin, the users can get rid of laborious manual process for making the drawings of your kitchen.

One will be able to customize your 3D kitchen with the selection of smallest detail.

With some simple mouse clicks, it is possible to prepare your kitchen for a realistic rendering.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse composant-dynamique.com

Watch the following video tutorial for online demonstration of the plugin.

2018 Click-Kitchen 2

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SketchOSM by PlaceMaker – The newest sketchup extension in extension warehouse

It allows the users to generate 3D buildings parametrically for the inclusion of site context to your model. The Buildings which are produced with SketchOSM can then be allocated universally by publishing directly to OpenStreetMap (OSM).

It is an extensive database for accessing and editing geo-information through GPS devices, websites, apps etc.

Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin :-

• Well matched with SketchUp 2017+ Make or Pro (Windows Only)
• Geo-location tool
• Geo-locate your model and import a satellite image from DigitalGlobe as a reference for tracing buildings
• Import OSM road centerlines and illustrate the current OSM 3D Buildings for reference
• Generate simple OSM 3D Buildings
• Generate Multi-Part Complex (Relation) Buildings
• Parametric tools to edit new buildings
• Height Tool
• Roof shape (gable, hip, round, skillion, onion, dome, round, pyramid)

• Roof Height
• Building Color
• Roof Color
• Edit Building Outline
• Minimum Building Height
• Copy Attributes (tags) from one building to another

To get more information, go through the following link. extensions.sketchup.com

To learn the complete process, go through the following video.

SketchOSM by PlaceMaker

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How to include v-ray materials in your sketchup models from v-ray material library

This is an exclusive Vray 3.6 for SketchUp tutorial which will teach you how to apply materials from v-ray material library to texture objects in sketchup to perform more superior renderings.

In v-ray, there is an extensive library that contains various materials and these materials can be employed in your sketchup models. You can get a superior rendering output as compared to low resolution sketchup materials.

The v-ray material library can be accessed from v-ray asset editor. Just make sure that the material section is clicked on, then click on the arrow located in left-hand side and go through the pop up menu with different categories where all the materials of v-ray are listed. As for instance, if you click on brick section, you will find various types of brick materials.

These v-ray materials range from paints, glasses, stones, wall textures.

To learn the complete process, go through: http://www.sketchup4architect.com/v-ray-materials-in-your-sketchup-models.html

How to include v-ray materials in your sketchup models from v-ray material library

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How to create curved ramp with various sketchup plugins

This is an exclusive video tutorial for sketchup users for learning how to create the design of a curved ramp in sketchup.

To create the model of curved ramp the following types of sketchup plugins are used :-

Fredo6 Tools (CurviShear)

FredoTools group a series of individual plugins. By providing them as a single package, it is possible to lessen the footprint on Sketchup and get rid of setting up each plugin separately.

CurviShear is a small independent script that facilitates to deform a curve or a set of curves by shearing them vertically along their contour. It is generally what is required to approximate CURVED RAMPS.

Curviloft – Curviloft produces surfaces from curves by Lofting and Skinning

Loft by Spline unites individual contours, open or closed with smooth splines

Loft along Path combines contours, along a given rail curve.

Skinning makes surfaces bounded by 4 or 3 contiguous contours

JHS Powerbar – This tool is actually a compilation of robust extensions from other developers, like TIG, Thom Thom, Rick Wilson, Christina Eneroth, and more.

To watch the tutorial in detail, go through the following video. Video Source Tutorials Up

How to create curved ramp with various sketchup plugins
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VR Sketch – A new wing has been added to extension warehouse

Maciej F is the developer of the newest sketchup plugin alias VR Sketch. It is well matched with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018. It is only compatible with windows platform.

It can be used for editing and visualizing architectural models from SketchUp in virtual reality. HTC Vive with SteamVR installed should be necessary for present setup.-

The trial version of the plugin functions for 2 weeks. After that a paid version is required with free access for 2 weeks.

The current version allows the users to view and edit directly in VR and the users can use it to deal with large models. The link from SketchUp files is instant and it is possible to edit both on the monitor and in the VR simultaneously.

The present version is not intended for photo realism and rather features on having a cartoonish but well performing mode that allows you to edit SketchUp files 100s of megabytes in size.

To get more information, go through the following link vrsketch.eu

 

VR Sketch – A new wing has been added to extension warehouse
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Abvent S.A has introduced Artlantis v7 for improved rendering

Abvent S.A. has recently introduced Artlantis 7, the most updated version of its robust 3D visualization software that is specifically designed for architects and designers.

Artlantis 7 comes up with various new features which can enhance the calculation speed and rendering precision. Besides, this newest version launches Twinlinker, an application that empowers the users to quickly generate and distribute virtual visits of their Artlantis and Twinmotion projects online.

Artlantis 7: New features

Superior artificial lights: With the accurate artificial light sampling method, it becomes possible to enhance the energy diffusion of the light sources in the 3D scene and reinforce the reflection of the satin materials by means of a brighter gloss.

Adaptative anti-aliasing: Powerful anti-aliasing facilitates the users to locate the areas to be rendered, optimizing calculation and curtailing rendering times, devoid of any modification in the image quality.

Twinlinker: The virtual visits app is created by Abvent R&D. It facilitates the users to generate and distribute virtual visits of their Artlantis and Twinmotion projects online quickly and easily.

Just export the images, panoramas and videos produced in Artlantis 7 to Twinlinker, then connect them to develop virtual visits. These can be distributed extensively by email (a simple link) or made available for screening on a website.

Download Artlantis v7.0 artlantis.com

Abvent S.A has introduced Artlantis v7 for improved rendering

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