SketchUp to VR in 10 seconds

This article is about the new SketchUp tool VR that is a very useful helping hand for the science fiction fans and have some really great features. But it works on SketchUp’s latest versions. Here is some information about the working process in VR. Here are also some reviews about the working features of VR; it is a smart simple and useful tool. The getting process, the inside view all are described here for the readers.

VR or Virtual Reality has been a dream of science fiction fans for decades and at last it has appeared. It is mainly a multi-sensory computer simulated visual environment which allows users to immerse themselves and interact with 3D worlds. Innovates from all over industries are now using this technology for telling stories and taking users on a far away adventure. SketchUp is one of the world’s well known popular 3D modeling programs. There is a wide variety of industries here like architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and film and product design. They all are depended on the program for bringing their ideas to life. For viewing SketchUp models, right hardware and prospect is necessary.

Getting Ready to Go Into VR: At first check that the file can be viewed in Prospect, as VR only works in SketchUP 2014-2017 and also check if there is the accurate geolocation set in the file. Actually Geolocation in SketchUp is for informing the ability for adjusting Sun Settings in VR and perfect asses glare and shadows that casts from the natural light entering in the place. For viewing different scenes in the model or jumping between different rooms always make sure to have a number of clearly named Scenes set up as well. In the next step, configure the workstation for the virtual reality by checking that the headset is either an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and then open the Prospect in the desktop. After opening the prospect, drag and drop a SketchUp file into the dropzone or find and upload the file by simply clicking the “Browse” option. After the file get selected, click the “Launch” option and for going to VR is ready.

Inside the 3D model: After entering the VR the first thing will appear that the loaded model is in front in the Scale Model Mode. There one can rotate, scale and section their model for better view in the enclosed areas. By pressing the menu button on the controller for toggling on tooltips while in VR the user and clients both get familiarized with the various features. To enter in the models inside at 1:1 scale, select “Navigate” on the menu for teleporting you in. after entering one can explore the model and begin the mesmerizing review.

In- Vr Tools for Immersive Review: There are many tools available for helping to produce actionable next steps and valuable design insights from the users time spent on reviewing the model in-VR.

• Sun Settings: This tool use the actual geolocation that you have set up in the original Sketchup file for displaying the accurate lightning and shadows. By adjusting the time and date it allows user for making informed decisions about windows, lighting and to do shadow studies.
• Viewpoints: They are like the camera views that are located within the model. It is a best way to walk a client or colleague through a project by creating a solid narrative about the space. Prospect uses Scenes from SketchUp for creating Viewpoints. These viewpoints can be navigated between from both scale Model Mode and in the model.
• Layers: It can be advantaged to easily and effectively showcase the various design options, material combinations or can also walk through fully different layouts. The associated layers with groups can be automatically pulled into Prospect from SketchUp. By turning of the visibility the layers will be kept off.

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Career Options SketchUp Users Have

SketchUp is not only a 3D designing tool but also a way leading to many career options. The best thing about the application is that you can learn easily how to design 3D models without having prior knowledge. The job profiles associated with SketchUp include architect and interior design, and a design aid in AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction).

If you design in SketchUp to meet your passion, then turn your passion into a profession simply. Career options are numerous, and each of which relates you to the interesting world of building structures virtually. There is no certain direction for SketchUp Jobs, though. One can use the application as per their demands.

SketchUp does not follow any stipulated format. This is why jobs are increasing in numbers in the fields. Innovation enriches its application, and designers come up with several new ways that will make you more creative. Knowing career option hones your skill to beat more complex designs.

The content deals with some innovative career paths that remain unknown to the designers till date. The paths are as interesting and creative as their thought. Read on to learn more.

• Architect/ Architectural Visualizer:

Architect is another job option where SketchUp has been used primarily. You can design in the application if you are master over SketchUp. But to get a professional tag, you need to earn knowledge in other related software applications such as Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD and Revit.

Though one can be an architect without knowing Revit or BIM applications, AutoCAD and Photoshop are the must-to-have option. The software will help you design more clearly and precisely when you prepare to make 3D models in SketchUp.

As per the experts, SketchUp is a self-study. The more you spend time with the application, the better you will be in designing. You can also earn architect job without having the formal study of architecture. In this case, you will be restricted to a certain position and salary.

• Project manager:

A project manager uses SketchUp as a communication tool to bring out the inside of a work to the clients. SketchUp helps a project manager in many ways such as illustrating a worksheet condition, measuring safety issues, and more. The average use of SketchUp in a project manager’s job profile is 5%.

• Concrete Product Design:

In a concrete product design, SketchUp works as a communication tool that helps clients understand what they get. The 3D design of a project communicates well to the workers also as they visualize the complex works which need to be done applying the right method. The application in a product design includes things more than you count.

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SketchUp Plugins for Rendering

SketchUp rendering is the option that allows you to visualize your 3D design in a picture perfect manner. The option enhances the quality of your work and markets your products the way you want. There are many SketchUp plugins for rendering available to give your design a perfect touch. Choosing the best option depends on the type of work you want to get from your 3D model. The content mentions names of plugins as many as it could. You can use one of them as per your requirement and demands.

• AmbientOcclusion Lite: This plugin is helpful to get a fast visualization from your 3D model. It also gives a model a real touch with highlighting space. If you want more than usual features of rendering, you must opt for the AmbientOcclusion Pro that comes up with the depth of fields, colors and texture effects.

• ArielVision: This rendering option follows the easiest steps to render your SketchUp model. Its easy-to-use interface makes the rendering process simpler with focusing on some essential features of rendering. You can start rendering just by one click.
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• Bloom Unit: Bloom Unit uses the cloud computing system to create a photo-realistic view of your images. You no need to be expert in every detail of rendering since it anonymously adds all essential features your model needs.
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• Brighter3D: This extension promises to give you a hassle-free ways of rendering on SketchUp. The built-in features automatically look after important things like lighting, noise and material. It also offers you the multi-threading option with which your system will create a realistic image of your design using the CPU power without the need for graphic cards.

• Corona Renderer: Corona Render solves every problem regarding rendering and transforms your model into a real visual. The extension gets updated offering you new features and functions.
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• FluidRay: Rendering with FluidRay is faster and better as it prepares a visually stunning picture for your 3D models, architecture and interior design.
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• LightUp: LightUp is an object-based rendering that instantly transforms your model to a visually appealing object on the SketchUp window itself. The extension ensures that you will get no-waiting rendering opposed to the traditional process.
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• LumenRT: It is another rendering extension for SketchUp that helps you create a photo-realistic view of your design. It understands the photographic environment better than others.
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SketchUp for Ruby Code Editor

Ruby Code Editor has been a popular extension that helps SketchUp users add fine and in-depth detailing to their 3D design. Generally, the extension simplifies the application of Ruby codes in SketchUp platform and allows designers to write down the scripts as easily as they design. The extension seems to be very interesting for those who are obsessed with the Ruby codes and want to apply them on the SketchUp platform to make their design exceptional and eloquent.

This feature allows users to run and modify codes in the SketchUp environment. An External editor is also available, though. The application has been successful to give you the real environment of the code editor. Ruby Editor provides designers with a useful way to design their 3D model beyond the application area of the SketchUp.

Ruby Code editor comes up with other benefits that make your experience on SketchUp smoother and happier. If you love to have documentation of your work, then there is no better tool than Ruby Editor. At the browse window, you can add your reference web pages from where you are taking designing detail and coding support. These websites will you help in your next project. It also comes up with some common code snippets that can be inserted in your coding area. Other than this, you can call a code-completion feature at any point in your coding.

The benefits of using Ruby code in SketchUp are numerous. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • The menu-based user interface with a clean code editor environment
    • Light/dark themed editor
    • Works smooth with files of any size
    • Fast opening with code highlighting for large files
    • Files list of most recently use data
    • Keyboard shortcut navigation
    • Line numbering in coding
  • Matching Indenting/dedenting of code blocks
    • Matching brackets, current line highlighting
    • Undo/redo in editor
    • Find/replace in editor (text or RegEx)
    • Code folding
    • Insert code snippets at cursor
    • Code-completion for SketchUp classes and methods
    • Automatic backup file creation
    • Various options: font size, tab/space indenting
  • Undo of code execution
    • Single undo option for entire code
    • Results window keeps track of run history
    • Reference web browser for common websites
    • Explore selection object properties and attributes
    • Option for direct access to the Ruby console
    • Option to edit default code snippet
    • Clean printing of code

You can open Ruby Code Editor from the ‘Windows’ tab or from the Toolbar. You need to know that in the editor, codes are highlighted for your help. If code highlighting gets failed, you must check the coding and ensure that you put spaces in between the operation you have used.

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How to use Medeek Foundations to create the design of detailed building foundations

In this sketchup video, Justin Geis has presented an exclusive tutorial where he briefly shows how to create the design of a concrete foundation of a building with sketchup.

Here, a sketchup plugin known as Medek Foundations is used that is developed by Nathaniel Wilkerson. The plugin costs $15. A free trial version is also available. The plugin can be downloaded from SketchupUcation extension warehouse.

The plugin contains a simple interface for generating perfect 3D foundation and footing geometry inside SketchUp. This plugin employs the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface and supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin facilitates the formation of the foundation types given below (Metric and US/Imperial):

  • Slab on Grade (Rectangle,Polygon) [containing garage curb and internal footing options]
    • Stemwall (Rectangle) [containing brick ledge and internal footing/floor beam options]

 Footing types:

  • (Under Construction)
    Engineering (US/Imperial):
    • (Under Construction) [ACI 318-14 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete]

 With the use of industry standard practices, all foundation types are drawn and designed.

With this plugin, the users can produce either a rectangular or irregular (polygon) shaped foundation plan. Once the rectangular foundation is chosen, the outline is demarcated by just choosing three points which create the bounding rectangle (bldg. width x bldg. length) of the foundation.

The Medeek Foundation Plugin facilitates the users to perfectly illustrate the standard concrete foundations, footings and flatwork inside SketchUp and substantiate their architectural models in an efficient manner.

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nz_Scale&Align – The newest sketchup extension developed by Natale Zappia

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Scale&Align. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The extension is useful for various sectors like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking and other.

The extension combines 3 tools under one place. Relative Scale: It will scale an object depending on the “Source” & “Destination” reference points, equivalent to any two lengths. Scale Factor Scaling: Undeviating scaling depending on user input. Alignment(+Scale or Stand alone): align/copy/relocate.

This sketchup extension is perfect for scaling imported models or Architectural Plans provided that a random length is scaled up to a particular length based on perfect scale and alignment.

The scaling options can be extended to facilitate perfect scaling where ratios should have been retained while scaling to a particular clickable length. It can be executed on-the-fly devoid of requiring for prearranged measurements or the insulative blocks needed by the Sketchup measuring tape technique.

It is possible to scale & align single or multiple groups/components directly or through geometric relationships to instantly produce/multiply an indirect relationship, on the basis of the given image.

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Yulio launches SketchUp plugin

It is a brief description about the Yuilo Technologies’ newly launched SketchUp plugin that will change the view of the designers and develop their designs.

Yulio Technologies has announced the launch of its new Sketchup plugin, a tool developed to enable SketchUp users the ability to instantly create detailed and immersive virtual reality experiences (VREs) from their designs. These can then be shared with clients or remote collaborators.

According to Yuilo’s managing director, Robert Kendal Yulio’s goal has always been fully democratize the use of VR within A&D and put tools to create VR experienced in every designer’s hand. While developing the SketchUp plugin, they worked incredibly hard to develop a tool that’s 100% accessible to every user s and designer’s transition their work from 2D renders in CAD to VR ready files seamlessly and lightening fast.

It is also said that designers are utilizing the communication ability with clients via virtual reality mediums that begun to grow steadily in popularity as they could give clients a better experienced design than before.

According to Yulio, there are a few tools that can create VREs from SketchUp renders, but it is also said that the entry level costs for these plugins can be up to $600-$2000 for enterprise licenses.

But there is a news also that the downloading of it is free of cost for all Yulio users. The company also said that it was designed to be fast and it will provide greater realism than the previous VR realism while viewing the designs.

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Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins by E-on Software

E-on Software is one of the leading development companies renowned globally. Lauded with many successful ventures in the field of creation, animation, rendering, integration of natural 3D environments, VFX, architecture, and gaming industry, it made a strong foothold in the minds of designers and artists with their sheer creations and sharp edges of designs. Surprising everyone’s with their offering, E-on Software announced that it pre-releases Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory plugins for its members.

The company also announced that it will discontinue the developments of Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory in 2018 for introducing a better user interface and customer experience on flagship solutions – VUE and PlantFactory.

The new releases, like before, come up with new changes that provide users with an improvement in 3D designing. The company also announced that those who have a valid maintenance plan for Carbon Scatter or CloudFactory Ozone will get the pre-releases for free in coming days.

Carbon Scatter: This software has made design easier with adding nuanced details to your design that makes it even more interesting to explore. This proves to be very handy for those who love to add original detailing to their application. With a wide variety of options, you can create wind-swept forests and animated crowd in no time. Above all, you can render them directly in 3D Max, Maya and Cinema 4D.

Features offered by Carbon Scatter:

  • Get millions of instances instantly.
    • Render with any rendering option you have.
    • Use huge plantFactory models and change them with Plant Editor.
    • Animate instances such as adding wind in plants.
    • Customize placement, height and size with bitmaps or procedural gaps

Besides the above-mentioned features, the software comes up with an array of benefits that not only make your drawing attractive but also real for viewers.

The new release of Carbon Scatter has come up with more advanced looks of existing features. The advancement in the areas like:

  • Global EcoSystem layers work as EcoPainter Brushes.
    • PlantFactory and VUE vegetation models are now directly available in Carbon Scatter EcoSystem populations.
    • Higher performance with up to 4xlighter data footprint with quicker loading/saving of scenes.

CloudFactory Ozone: This plugin for 2017 help you design and render realistic skies and atmosphere with high accuracy. This tool is infused with cutting-edge technologies designed by ace developers of E-on software. These plugins add accuracy in your detailing and make your design more realistic than before. It mimics the natural environment and acts as per nature’s rule.

With this, you earn as many as 100 preset atmosphere and cloud shapes that allow you to carve your design as per your dreams. With five atmospheric models (photometric, spectral, volumetric, standard and environmental mapping), it is successful in offering realistic environment to your designs What you get in CloudFactory Ozone 2017:

As revealed by E-on software in their official press release, you get benefits like:

  • Auto-scale clouds with altitude
    • Easily load/add cloud layers using a single button
    • Optional automatic sun softness computation, based on atmosphere parameters
    • “Improve Low Quality Consistency” parameter to better preview your atmosphere looks while rendering at a lower resolution

The above-mentioned information is written as per the news released by E-on software itself. For more details about pricing and availability of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone, visit

E-on software is a leading digital company and has been creatively associated with many famous feature films like Strange,” “Kubo and the 2 Strings,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Minions,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Croods,” “Dragons 1&2,” “Hunger Games and more.

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How to use placemaker sketchup extension to model a city instantly

In this sketchup video, Justin Geis shows how to apply placemaker sketchup extension to generate a city model in quickest possible time.

Placemaker is a handy extension created by Whaat. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. It is available in different languages like Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish.

With this extension, the users will be able to import OpenStreeMap roads, buildings, paths, water bodies, trees, as well as high resolution aerials in their design and insert context promptly.

PlaceMaker imports data from OpenStreeMap and DigitalGlobe and converts it into a functional site reference model appropriate for rendering or exporting into other applications.

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How drones, digital photogrammetry & 3d printing technology can streamline the surveying process

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.

digital photogrammetry and 3d printing technology

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.

digital photogrammetry and 3d printing technology

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.

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