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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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 www.cesdb.com

BIM based Point Layout Software is ideal for surveying professionals

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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 www.eventbrite.nl

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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

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

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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.

How to apply wood texture maps to your sketchup models

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