Flux – The newest sketchup extension

Flux is a useful sketchup extension. It facilitates the sketchup users to collaborate with others as well as relates sketchup with other most recognized design tools ranging from Revit, AutoCAD, Dynamo, Excel, Google Sheets, 3ds Max, Grasshopper through cloud.

Flux generates agile workflows from concept to production and thus save significant time for the users.

It is compatible with sketchup make or pro 64-bit, 2015, 2016 or 2017 for Windows.

Given below, different types of applications of the plugin :-

Obtain geometry directly from Revit (with the Flux plugin for Revit)
Deliver quantity take-offs out of your SketchUp model to Excel or Google Sheets.

 Leverage third-party Flux applications to draw perfect topography, road, and building data into your SketchUp scene.
Hand over your massing and site context to a facade designer who works in Grasshopper or Dynamo.
Live link the interior and landscape designs with Revit straight.
Visualize any SketchUp model in virtual reality via live link incorporation with Unity.

Combine structural, MEP, and architectural SketchUp models into a central model for conflict resolution.
Some exclusive features of the plugin are link your design tools, speed up design recurrences, collaborate across disciplines, leverage computer in the cloud, view and allocate geometry online et.

For more information, visit https://flux.io

Flux – The newest sketchup extension

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Brief demonstration of all the plugins included in Fredo Tools

Fredo Tools combine different types of plugins. Given below the lists of these plugins :-

Revert Curve
Curvi Shear
Report Label Area
Construct Face Normal
Mark Vertices
Count Faces By Sides
Remove Lonely Vertices
Thru Paint
Reverse Orient Faces

 Edge Inspector
Move Along
Draw Along
Angle Inspector
Element Stats
Auto Reverse Faces
Convexify
Convexify

In this sketchup video tutorial, one can learn the process for applying Fredo tools along with all the plugins included within it.

To run Fredo tools, you have to install LibFredo6 7.5b or higher version.

To download the latest version, click on the following link sketchucation.com

 The above plugins will not be visible in the toolbar rather they can be accessed from the menu.

Watch the demonstration of each plugin.

Brief demonstration of all the plugins included in Fredo Tools

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Importer Active3D – A newest sketchup plugin

Geraldo Brodbeck is the developer of Importer Active3D. This plugin supports SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. This plugin is available in Brazilian and Portuguese.

This plugin can be used to import the 3D model of Active3D or Arqui_3D.

Every object generated inside Sketchup comprises of an identifier that facilitates you to keep your geometry updated inside Sketchup every time the original project modifies in Active3D or Arqui_3D.

The objects belong to groups whose name is the identifier. It is suggested not to modify the group names.

The materials related to objects inside Sketchup are preserved if they are involved with the group. If you relate the material with the faces of the group, this association tends to be lost in the update.

For upgrading, just press the command again. There is the option to delete the objects which are no more available in the original project can be deleted or retained.

The context menu includes tools to choose all objects equivalent to the chosen one, by layer or material, simplify the process to assign materials.

More information at gbcad.com.br

 One can also download the plugin from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Importer Active3D – A newest sketchup plugin

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Brief overview of displacement map in v-ray for sketchup

This is an exclusive tutorial on V-Ray for SketchUp 3.4 beta where one can learn how to apply displacement feature in V-ray for Sketchup.

The displacement feature allows you to deform a geometry with the help of an image. Deformation will work best and will be maximum for white images and for black images it will not work. The image should always be grayscale.

The major usages of the displacement in V-Ray for SketchUp can be found in lawns, stone gables, apparent masonry, carpets.

Displacement facilitates the users to reproduce the texture of a surface with the use of a black and white image to define the changeable height of the surface.

Displacement truly generates the geometry that is defined by the image. It is performed by subdividing a specified piece of geometry and modifying the individual heights of all of the faces on the basis of the image that it is explaining. The outcome is a surface that provides a much more precise and accurate result.

 

How to include Displacement: The users may apply their current bump maps as displacement maps. In the Maps rollout of the material options there exist an option for Displacement. Allow displacement by ticking the check box on the left, and continue to tick on the “m” for the inclusion of a displacement map. Though the textures are applied for displacement maps in several cases, it is likely to include a displacement map through the procedural mapping.

Brief overview of displacement map in v-ray for sketchup

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Download 3D Printing Extension for SketchUp

T3YOURMIND has developed 3D Printing Extension for sketchup. This sketchup can be used to make the best use of your Sketchup model for 3D Printing, analyse & modify printability, compare prices and terms of the best printing services and select from in excess of 150 printing materials. Besides, it is also possible to upload it with a single mouse click to the 3YOURMIND portal.

Prior to give order for your model with the 3D printing service following your preference, the portal is considered as an ideal tool to

  • rectify the most common 3D printing errors
    • Verify whether your design is printable
    • Choose and preview from more than 150 various materials and finishes
    • Alternatively, download the restored and optimized file for your own printer

This extension is completely free and does not contain any hidden costs. To gather more information, visit 3yourmind.com.

In order to run this plugin, Sketchup STL (extensions.sketchup.com) is required.

To download this plugin, click on the following link. extensions.sketchup.com

3d-print-button

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E-on Software Announces the Opening of Submissions for the 3D CG Environment Competition 2017

3D CG Environment Competition Offers Participants the Opportunity to Showcase Talents in 3D Natural Environment Graphics

Together with their sponsors, e-on software, leading developer of solutions for the creation, animation, rendering, and integration of natural 3D environments today announced the ninth edition of the 3D CG Environment Competition, for participants to showcase their expertise in using 3D technology to create computer generated (CG) natural environments.

Watch the 3D Environment Competition Trailer on Youtube.

Submissions for the competition are now open and continue through September 30, 2017. The winners of the competition will be announced on October 31, 2017.

Together with sponsors NVIDIA, WACOM, HP, Pixologic, 3D Artist, Routledge, Cornucopia3D, GeekAtPlay, AsileFX and QuadSpinner, e-on software will be awarding competition winners more than $30,000 in 3D tools and resources.

Entrants may use the application of their choice, in combination with any of the e-on software products. This includes any version of VUE (Esprit, Studio, Complete, Infinite or xStream), including the free Personal Learning Edition and the free VUE Pioneer, as well as PlantFactoryCarbon ScatterOzone, and LumenRT (and their respective free versions).

Judging is based solely on the quality, realism, and artistic merit of the entries, not on the software version used to create them.

With 14 judges representing the different fields of the 3D CG industry, this competition is also a unique chance for artists to have their work seen and judged by industry experts, representing the motion picture, gaming, media, and broadcast industries, including several Visual Effects Society (VES) and Emmy award winners, and industry publication and educational professionals. Judges are:

The prestigious list of sponsors for the competition include:
Technology Sponsors: Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic
Media Sponsors: ArtStation.com, 3D Artist, CG Society, CG Channel

Educational Sponsors – 3D Animation & VFX schools:

  • Gnomon School
    • Bournemouth University
    • Ecole George Méliès

Certified e-on software trainers: Geekatplay, Asilefx, Quadspinner
In association with Bentley Systems, Inc.

Prize winners will receive the following:
• Main Category Winner: $17,000 in prizes
• Main Category First Runner Up: $8,000 in prizes
• Main Category Second Runner Up: $4,000 in prizes
• e-on Academic Category Winner (1 student or a group of up to 5 students maximum): $4,000 in prizes

The full prize list can be accessed here.

Learn more about our Prizes and Sponsors: here

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Download Medeek Foundation Plugin for SketchUp

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson has developed Medeek Foundation Plugin for sketchup. This SketchUp Plugin contains a user-friendly interface for generating perfect 3D foundation and footing geometry inside sketchup.

This plugin employs the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface. The plugin supports the up-to-date SketchUp releases (SketchUp Make 2016 64-bit and SketchUp Pro 2016 64-bit) together with earlier versions (2013, 2014, 2015).

Presently, the plugin facilitates the development of the types of foundation given below (Metric and US/Imperial):

  • Slab on Grade (Rectangle,Polygon) [with garage curb and internal footing options] • Stemwall (Rectangle) [with 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]

By applying industry standard practices, all the foundation types are drawn/designed. Supplimentary foundation types and footings are in the way of being included together with the supplementary features like reinforcing bar.

The users can utilize this plugin to generate either a rectangular or irregular (polygon) shaped foundation plan. If you select the rectangular foundation, the outline can be described 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 standard concrete foundations, footings and flatwork inside SketchUp and substantiate their architectural models in a superior way.

Engineering: In future, the foundation plugin, will be incorporated with the Medeek Footing Calculator and deliver engineering data for particular common footing types.

To download the plugin, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

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2DXY SlickMoves for SketchUp

Barry Milliken has developed 2DXY SlickMoves for sketchup. The extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. This sketchup extension contains 14 powerful tools of 2D graphics which are useful for any plane in 3D shape. Besides, these tools can be used to manage components and groups efficiently.

This extension offers the following features which are associated with power tools :-

  • Rotate about Z axis by any angle (2 tools) • Mirror about center X or Y (2) • Resize (absolute or incremental) (1) • Align (Left, Center, Right; Top, Middle, Bottom) (6) • Equal Space (between objects or between their centers) (2) • Display the Active Plane and XY Axes on any group or component. (1)

Functionality:

  • Choose one or more OBJECTS (Component Instances and/or Groups) • Click on one of the 14 SlickMoves tools. • All selected Objects will be “moved” with a single click

To download this extension, click on the following link. extensions.sketchup.com

2DXY SlickMoves for SketchUp

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How to create home design plan with size 14m4 x 10m in sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial is presented by Sam Phoas that shows the step-by-step process for creating home design plan with size 14m4 x 10m in sketchup.

This plan is used to create the model of a two storied modern villa. In ground level of villa, there are living room, dining room, kitchen, office room, laundry, backyard and 1 restroom.

In first level there are master bedroom, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

Sketchup is a very useful software for architects to carry out complete sets of either schematic or construction documents. Sketchup allows you to design your dream house, redesign your kitchen, or visualize position of furniture in your new apartment.

How to create home design plan with size 14m4 x 10m in sketchup

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Demo of render farm to improve your rendering with sketchup vray

This sketchup vray video tutorial provides demonstration on the process of render farm.

A Render Farm comprises of a group of networked computers which operate jointly to execute large rendering tasks. Render farms moves silently, devoid of graphical demonstration of the renderings as they advance, or you can apply the Render Farm Display tool to show the parts of the image as soon as they are finished. The Render Farm facilitates you to utilize more compute power for lengthy tasks at the expense of some interactivity.

The nXt Render Farm contains four pieces of software:

  1. IRender nXt is applied to state the model to render. The Render Farm is initiated directly from IRender nXt, or if it is required to preview the rendering first, a preview rendering can be started (with smaller resolution and fewer passes), and then start the Farm from IRender Batch.
  2. The Farm itself, (nXt.exe ornXt64.exe, running on each Farm CPU). This belongs to a version of the nXt rendering engine which renders nearly mutely, in the background, requiring very little user interface. This portion of the nXt Render Farm Software is utilized by itself, in combination with commercial render farm software, for a more sophisticated render farm solution.
  3. nXtFarmer.exe (nXtFarmer64.exe) is a small executable that operates on each network rendering station, waits for jobs to be produced, and begins the Farm Processor.
  4. IRenderBatch.exe is a utility program to show renderings once they are completed and save them as .JPG, .PNG or .ArImage files.

Downloads: The IRender nXt Render Farm software can be downloaded from the McNeel nXt Forum: (accurender.ning.com)

  • Render Farm Downloads
    Make sure to download the version to tally your operating system (32 bit or 64 bit)

Demo of render farm to improve your rendering with sketchup vray

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