“Eight new components to Rock the School Year: SketchUp for Schools”

SketchUp for Schools has started a year ago where the creators have started to put some information to manage SketchUp tools for students and teachers they are adding features now.

SketchUp for Schools: It is a free 3D modeling browser application which is available to any primary or secondary school that has signed up with G-suite for Education. This is the first time SketchUp ever offered an education-specific product and SketchUp team has taken the view of users and their EDU community about the classes. SketchUp management are bringing SketchUp for Schools out of beta just in time for the school year and after an wonderful Summer of sifting through many positive feedback the team has brought the two most needed features: STL exploring for 3D printing and SketchUp curriculum. So SKetchUp for Schools also offering age-definite curriculum attached to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards and also the curriculum is made by Teachers like Mike and Mike.

Last year, the SketchUp for Schools had started various classes to teach the students about SketchUp and people gave feedback which helped them to make improvements so that students and educators can use it more smoothly in 3D. So, this year they are again bringing SketchUp for Schools with new improvements, let’s check them out.

Better 3D printing functionality: After SketchUp for Schools launched, SketchUp has come in now Chromebooks and then they have added a couple more features to make the 3D printing experience better. The features are:

Solid Inspector:

It is the web-child of Solid Inpector2 and is ranked number 1 extension to prepare models for 3D printing on SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse. It is located on the right side of the new 3D printing panel.

3D Printing Guide:

3D printing guide is a complete guidance package consisting with three new lesson plans and these plans are now delivered in Google Slides. They all can be found either on the Web or directly in the SketchUp for Schools application.

Solid Tools:

Solid tools have different kind of tools which are Outer Shell, Union, Subtract, Trim, Intersect and Split. All these features are very useful to create cool geometry and can also help in preparing any model for 3D printing.

STL import:

There are many exciting Thingiverse models in the SketchUp for Schools application which students will love to play around with and it is as easier as exporting to STL.

Better 3D printing functionality: The team also added more of SketchUp’s desktop functionality to SketchUp for schools and here are those new features:

Style Editor:

It allows users to create own custom styles or to edit one of SketchUp’s many default styles.

Downsave .skp files to 2016 or 2017:

SketchUp team has added the ability to downsave the files of users’ while working on any earlier version of SketchUp Pro in Desktop so that they can work between SketchUp for Schools on the Chromebook and SketchUp Pro on the desktop.

Importers & Exporters:

Last year, the most popular exporters were used in primary and secondary schools: in both STL and PNG. So, this year they have added a lot more exporters so that students can flex their creative skills on the last cutter, image editing software and other 3D modeling tools.

Material Editor:

Users can give their own unique touch in the SketchUp’s material library by editing material fuzziness.

Eight new components to Rock the School Year: SketchUp for Schools


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“Bending an object in SketchUp”

David Richards always works on different tools from different SketchUp extensions to create some differentiates in his models and this time he made a tutorial on Radial Bend tool.

About David Richards: He is a Biomedical Equipment Technician and provides anesthesia and Respiratory equipment for the largest medical facility in southeast Minnesota. Beside that he works in his garage woodworking shop where he has made various wooden items, he is a regular SketchUp user who uses it for designing projects, working out joinery details and solving the order of operations in time. He has made a various range of SketchUp models like tiny parts for medical equipment, large architectural and other construction projects. Most of his models are furniture and other woodworking related things, besides being a SketchUp users and woodworker; he helps other woodworkers around the world to use the program through his blogs in ‘Fine Woodworking’ which has become very popular among the woodworkers.

David Richards has drawn a SketchUp model and going to show his viewers the tip of bending any object in it; at first he drew a SketchUp model while creating plans for Michael Robbins’s Contemporary Desk that is marked in the current issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. The desk mixes practical utility with elegant details like its slender base with turned legs and curved side profiles; the construction is divided into two parts that are top and base. The joinery for the top section is elementary mortise and tennos; the two-part desktop is part solid wood and part plywood and covered with leather to make a blotter. The base with its turned legs is a straightforward frame secured by bridle joints. This leather on the blotter surface is represented by creating a component at first that is twisted up at one corner.

The work of this bending is easily done with the help of the Radial Bend tool in the FredoScale extension and here is a little detail of that work.

Radial Bend tool: Radial Bend deforms an object by radically bending the deformation axis which is perpendicular to the base reference plane. The radial bend is applied to the selected end of the deformation axis while the opposite end stays fixed and when the mouse moves, the shape radically bends in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction as per a circular bending track that is displayed and is subdivided in degrees. The orientation of the bend may be rotated around the deformation axis and done through the rotation handle attached at the bottom of the axis. This control is activated by clicking on it and an extra rotational track is shown to assist users with the positioning of the rotation.

In this model, David started working from the base for the blotter; he took a component, copied it pasted outside the component. Next he took Push/Pull tool to give the component a little thickness; next he thought took the curve tool to start the guideline to set the arbitrary. Now it is the time to bend the object, so he took the Radial Bend tool from FredoScale extension, placed it on the object, here users can set the number of faces they want in the curved object, next he drag the cursor along the guideline click on the corner and bring that corner up to make it a bended corner.


Bending an object in SketchUp

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eyecad VR – Virtual Reality Architecture Software

eyecad VR – Virtual Reality Architecture Software is useful sketchup extension that is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

It facilitates the users to explore their projects in realtime out of sketchup 3d models.

The users can go to VR with a simple mouse click via sketchup plug-in and generate amazing rendering instantly.

Eyecad VR refers to a proper eco-system software for Virtual Reality and Realtime Rendering.

It is possible to generate outstanding and Interactive VR scene for the clients. Apply Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or walk around with monitor and keyboards/pad. Besides, share your VR interactive project with the clients via eyecad VR App available on PlayStore and later on AppStore.

The plugin contains the following exclusive characteristics :-

– Import your 3d models
– Produce pragmatic materials and transform them interactive (select your combination)
– Set the Environment and check how the sunlight functions in your project (day/night)
– Turn everythings interactive and movable

– Go to VR on HTC VIVE, OCULUS RIFT, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Monitor or CARDBOARD via the eyecad VR app
– Realtime Walk-through

To avail free 7 days trial version, click on www.eyecadvr.com

eyecad VR - Virtual Reality Architecture Software

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s4u Stair – The newest sketchup extension

Huynh Duong Phuong has developed s4u Stair. It is a newest sketchup extension that is used to create stair, ramp from faces. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

To enhance the speed, the following shortcuts are used :-

Ctrl (Alt on Mac) + Select Point > Set Heigth Stair
Ctrl (Alt on Mac) + Select Face > Set Landing
Tab > Reverse Direction Stair

Double Click on Screen ( or Right Click) > Set Parameter
Double Click on Face > Set Index,Landing.
Double Click on Face (1 Selected Face)> Change Start Edge
Explode all curve, make curve for start step and end step.

This sketchup plugin is available in extension warehouse.

For online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video tutorial.

s4u Stair – The newest sketchup extension

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ConDoc Tools 4.5 compatible with Sketchup 2019 will ship soon

The most updated version of ConDoc plugin i.e. ConDoc Tools 4.5 will be launched soon. It is compatible with sketchup 2019.

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


SketchUp now contains dashed line types to substitute the old raster style, for crisp vector dashes.

In 2019 version drawing sets involve the updated demolition plans, foundation plan, roof plan, and elevations. These drawings are fully updated to make use of the new dashed line feature.


It is now possible to quickly and precisely arrange any model with level, element, location and condition. You need to just put the model organization guide into your project, click into the exact container, and start modeling.


In this latest version, a level layer toggle is included to detach each floor of your design with a single mouse click. It will save huge time by getting away the Layers dialog.


The conversion from 2d sketch to a precise 3d model becomes more rapid in this new version. There is a new annotations scrapbook with 2d blocks for scaled walls, doors, windows, furniture, and fixtures. Just put the pieces into exact position to build up your design.

As soon as your design is prepared for further examination and fine-tuning in 3d, apply the brand new CAD export settings in LayOut to deliver your 2d drawings to SketchUp.


ConDoc 4.5 comprises of a totally reinvented annotations scrapbook. There will be numerous new and enhanced palettes, symbols, and schedules.

To get more details, visit condoctools.com

ConDoc Tools 4.5 compatible with Sketchup 2019 will ship soon

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CompoTools⠀CompoScene 2.0.6 for sketchup

Rafael Rivera has developed the most updated version CompoTools CompoScene i.e. version 2.0.6 for sketchup users. It is useful sketchup extension compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

The purpose of this sketchup plugin is to generate and export sketchup scenes with rendering channels for composing in photoshop or other leading painting app.

This sketchup is very useful for comic book artists and manga artists to create stunning 3D backgrounds in their panels. The artists can create a mock-up of the scene to be produced with various camera angles for several panels.

CompoScene produces rendering channels for the users to build upon and develop your own art style.

This sketchup plugin is available in extension warehouse.

To watch online demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source: CompoTools

CompoTools⠀CompoScene 2.0.6 for sketchup

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Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

In this sketchup tutorial video, the demonstration is given for sketchup slicer plugin. Slicer plugin is developed by TIG.

With the Slicer Plugin for Sketchup, it is possible to cut your model into pieces. Just choose any solid object and slice it up into pieces. If any hole exists in your model, the plugin will not work. The plugin is very effective for repairing your model.

For application, just select a group of geometry and choose the axes to be sliced along together with the spacing and thickness of your slices.

Slicer facilitates the users to slice a model along the X,Y, and Z axes, together with custom axes. Export those slices to like a CNC router to develop these models in real life.

Besides, slicing your model, but if the flatten object is chosen, slicer will actually set all the different pieces it produces as components. These pieces can be exported to a CNC router if it is required to generate your objects in real life.

The extension can be downloaded from sketchUcation store.

To get more clear ideas, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source TutorialsUp

Demo of sketchup slicer plugin

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“Methods to design moving parts in SketchUp for 3D Printing ”

SketchUp is famous for its 3D printing models and objects but the method of creating design moving parts in SketchUp for 3D printing is a matter of practice.

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.

Captive Joints in SketchUp:

A Captive Joint is basically a movable connection that comes out from the previously assembled and working 3D printer. Captive joints are mechanically simple links, ball joints and chain links but they are very powerful. A 3D printer can quickly made objects with hundreds of captive joints that may take a lot of time to build by hand. As there are many poseable action figures, clothing and chainmail which are the examples of simple captive joints assembled into complex structures.

Creating Captive Joints in SketchUp:

Though SketchUp is an easy tool of creating 3D objects though making a captive joint needs many trial and error. Users need to do experiments to get the perfect mixture of clearances and shapes. Here are some rules to keep in mind while working on captive joints:

  • Components should be used to build structures with captive joints as they let the users to modify all the joints automatically.
  • Designing on captive joints depend on using of the specific 3D printing technology; SLS-based 3D printers can build captive joints with millimeters across while FDM printers make strong joints.
  • As a structure is only as strong as its weakest part so a joint should be made a little mixture of fine and hard structure.
  • As 3D printing is cheap and with captive joints one is pushing the limits of technology so objects need to be tested before work

SketchUp Pins:

SketchUp pins are small, round cinch fittings that are pressed into the right place to create a connection and they can be a flexible replacement for hardware. As pins like bolts come in exact size and shape as per the need of users and they can also print more while running out.

5. While designing the pins, users need to make them one flat side as it will give them a way to build the pins without using support material but keep the tongues horizontal to create platform.

6. Making pins into components let them modify easily at once it is needed to do.

7. Designing a project with pin joints, create an effort to standardize around a small number of pin sizes as it will keep things clean and simplifies assembly.

     8. Loose to Groups: This helps to gain the geometry by ungrouping it and organizing it in something useful.

Methods to design moving parts in SketchUp for 3D Printing

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Shaderlight 2019 launched with support to sketchup 2019

The latest version of Shaderlight Pro is compatible with Sketchup 2019, macOS Mojave dark mode, a new 4K UHD output resolution preset and more.

Shaderlight is an interactive rendering software plug-in to SketchUp that facilitates the users to generate superior quality images, easily and quickly.

With this new version, the users can efficiently keep control render their SketchUp models, along with the capability to animate your SketchUp scenes and render to the cloud.

New features in Shaderlight 2019

Shaderlight 2019 comprises of an extensive range of workflow improvements together with the capacity to render transparent materials in chalk renders.

Given below, some exclusive features of Shaderlight 2019

Transparent objects will now be transparent in chalk renders.
• Shaderlight’s render settings are saved separately for every SketchUp scene.
• Shaderlight render window now provides support to macOS Mojave’s dark mode.
• Shaderlight resisits a computer from going into sleep mode at the time of rendering.
• Shaderlight will now suspend App Nap for the plug-in even as a render is on the go on macOS.
• A 4K UHD output resolution preset in included.
• Shaderlight warns while applying the ‘Quit Shaderlight’ menu option on macOS at the time of rendering.

Note: The customers who brought Shaderlight on or after November 21st 2018 can upgrade to Shaderlight 2019 at free of cost. Contact sales@toolfarm.com.

To purchase this newest version of shaderlight, click on the following link www.artvps.com

Shaderlight 2019 launched with support to sketchup 2019

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“SketchUp Talk: About Mastering SketchUp with Matt Donley”

SketchUp team has been focusing on making their website and tools easier to use for their users, the also started a page called SketchUp Talk where people will find relative matters.

About SketchUp:

SketchUp or Google SketchUp 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. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth.

As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

About SketchUp Talk:

It is a platform for the people who want to keep updated with SketchUp knowledge themselves while they are not working with their computers; this platform offers them the recent talk about different objects. Every SketchUp professional uses this platform to publish their wordings, thinking and new updates about different tools in SketchUp.

This time Matt Donley has taken part in the SketchUp Talk about the methods which help him to become a master in SKetchUp. Matt Donley is one of the brains who are behind SketchUp.com; this is an online training resource for SketchUp users around the World. Besides being a SketchUp professional, he is a carpenter and visual artist who was drawn to SketchUp for its easy handling capability, use and the endless ways it can be applied to many projects.

This time in SketchUp Talk session, Matt has shared his journey from being a tradesman to online trainer where he has become familiar with the SketchUp team and writing and publishing his book “SketchUp to LayOut for Architecture.”

This episode of SketchUp Talk, Caroline, Aaron and Matt discuss on the following topics:

  • The average SketchUp week for Matt
  • Building and launching an online training program
  • How Matt uses SketchUp to find discrepancies in design
  • Writing and publishing a book with Nick Sonder
  • How the SketchUp team met Matt Donley


SketchUp Talk: About Mastering SketchUp with Matt Donley

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