Use Tables for Managing Spreadsheet in LayOut

SketchUp offers simple designing tools and features so that anyone can design 3D models effortlessly. The functions are designed in such a way that designers give stress more on designs than on the technical parts of the applications. This leads a designer to a flawless design that not only communicates well but also expresses each part of the model transparently. The feature of using tables for managing spreadsheet in SketchUp is an amazing tool that allows designers to maintain data in a well-maintained format. Using table also maintains a simple format that does not involve in confusing work to index the data.

Gone are the days when tables only served the functional purpose. Today’s application developers understand the need for offering data booth elaborately and soothingly. This is why the new table format incorporates features that make the design appealing and comprehensive.

Inserting data in the table manually is not a tough task. But, this new LayOut tables can be connected to source file easily. It works as other spreadsheets and offers easy-to-use ways to manage the data in the table.

Insert the formatted spreadsheet: SketchUp tutorials are great to make you understand that how this table tool works to manage the designing data. At the time of inserting XLSX files into the table, you will get an option staying – retain your formatting. You can easily manage the spreadsheet data along with updating the table reference. For formatting – right-click > update table reference.

Additional formatting: Shape Style Panel comes up with the additional formatting segment. As the name says, it works on the shape and style of the table. You can change the style of the table as the data of spreadsheet changes. You can uncheck the formatting, though.

Change the style of the raw data with Scrapbooked tables: Custom scrapbooks are another option that cuts down your time and allows you to reuse a format suitable for denoting the data in the table more efficiently.

To know more details about the SketchUp Tables, visit the official blog of SketchUp at

 Tables in SketchUp combine the good features of spreadsheet application (Excel and Google) and the best option of table editors (Word and Google Docs). Besides these two inspirations, the application also adds its unique features – unique style and composition of LayOut – to make the table tool more useful for the designers.
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Preparing for printing from 3D Warehouse to 3D Printer

SketchUp is a free 3D drawing program for the architects and designers which are used to easily create printable models yet the models need to address before printed from the 3D printer. The models which are need to download sometimes found that they are not solid create big problem in the printing time.

Aaron has come with a solution; he needed a printable scaled version of the US Capitol Building and to record the technique of transforming the unprintable into a solid one.

Basic demands for 3D Printing:

• Water-tight Model • No paper-thin surfaces • Minimum wall thicknesses and feature sizes • Outward-facing surfaces

1. Water-tight Models: The models which are needed to turn into solid should be fully enclosed as like creating an interior space where water could be hold without overflowing it. All the nearby lines and vertices of every model need to be in one point not the close enough but should be perfectly in one line. To fix or stray the model either the stray vertex could move to the main vertex or the gaps could be filled by drawing new lines.

2. No paper-Thin surfaces: In case of drawing the artistic models, paper-thin features create problem as they prevent in printing as there is not a significant amount of material there. In this case to fix the model one could extrude the surface to make it a little thick or can delete it simply.

3. Minimum wall thicknesses and feature sizes: Every 3D printing system has a certain requirement in case of thickness of wall and feature sizes. These features give assurance about printing the model correctly which will not break quickly. By deleting the model or extruding the surface a little bit this probl3em can be solved.

4. Outward-facing surfaces: Often having surfaces in a model face a wrong direction and printing software ask for a side of each surface for printing. This can be fixed by right-clicking on the bad face and selecting Reverse Faces. Reverse faces will be found by following steps, open the Styles window, click on the Edit tab, click on the Face Settings box and then the Back Color has to change into a bright color.

Convert to STL Format: After doing all the things that are described above, most 3D Printers ask models to convert into the STL file format. There are many ways to covert SketchUp file into an STL file and the best free converters for using is the SketchUp to DXF or STL Plugin. At first deselect the model, then click on tools > Export to DXF or CAD > Export Unit into Inches > Export To in STL.

Check for STL Errors: After converting it become ready for checking errors but sometime it will make some errors so checkout online for fixing the STL errors.

Aaron Dietzen, SketchUp’s sales manager tried to print his SketchUp file through 3D printing. He has needed a printable scaled version of the US Capitol Building and he made a recording of the process of transforming the unprintable into a solid model. The original model had a great look so Aaron kept all his focus in the 3D printing. Throughout the model, many things could be found such as single surfaces, nested components and each and every thing t print.

The converted model might be like a baffling task to get all of geometry it need to clean up and then turned into a solid ready-to-print thing. It should be done carefully as the process can be defined into a series of simple steps.

There is a tutorial video on YouTube as a help. For more follow

Preparing for printing from 3D Warehouse to 3D Printer

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How to Select a Part of a Model in SketchUp

3D modeling on SketchUp involves easy steps to help you draw a perfect model. The tools and extensions save your time and keep the designing process smart and simple. SketchUp, like other 3D design applications, follow the common processes at the initial level of your design. ‘Selection’ is one of the basics and most necessary features designers should be well-acquainted with. The content brings to you different applications of the ‘selection’ tool for designing a perfect model.

To move anything in your SketchUp model, you have to select that object first. Through selecting the model, you inform the SketchUp that you are working on that portion of your design. You can rotate, copy, move or anything want after selecting the model.

Things you need to know for using the ‘selecting’ tool:

Selecting entity in your SketchUp: You must know that every single thing of your SketchUp model is an entity that is also categorized in a few names as per their appearance. Elements, objects and annotation are the three basic parts of the selection.

Elements are similar to edges and faces in a design and they together make an object. An object should contain a separate name and meta data that defines it. Annotations are texts, guides and selection planes. The remaining things other than elements and objects are called annotation.

Selecting a thing (lines or faces) is not easier, though. Experts have also taken time to know how to select only edges in SketchUp. If you, too, are wondering how to do this, go to the wire frame mode and select the object by dragging. Since only edges will appear in wire frame mode, it will be easier for you to select an edge.

Click to select things you want: The easiest way to select an object is to click on that particular thing while you are using the select tool. To select more than one object, you need to hold the shift key and click the objects you want. Knowing the usage of shift key in selection will help you learn further about SketchUp. You can add and subtract both with the shift key.

The entities look differently as per their character: After selecting an edge, a face or an object, you find a few changes in its appearances. Selected edges transform into blue, selected faces covered with blue dots, and selected groups and components are surrounded by a blue box – these changes are visible by designers.

Double or triple click for the selection: Double click or triple click can be termed as the SketchUp select tool shortcuts. Double clicking an edge allows you to select edges and adjacent faces both. Through this, you can also select connected lines in SketchUp very well. Triple clicking an edge or a face selects the entire model.

Select many at once in SketchUp: When you need to select many things in your SketchUp design, Selection boxes will help you. Such selection is two types – window selection and crossing selection. Window selection is called when you click and drag from left to right. This way, you can select things inside your selection box.

Cross selection is when you click and drag right to left. It selects anything that touches your selection box.

Knowing properly the application of selection tool will resolve complicated problems like how to select edges and more. The basic of the selection tool is to move an object in your model.

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How to set up light for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup

In this construction video tutorial, Minh from Architecture Inspirations, briefly explains the method to arrange the lighting perfectly for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup.

The step-by-step methods include the followings :-

Trace your main light source
Modify camera settings

Improve the Sunlight
Lighten dark shadows
Modify sun settings

Notes :- Render settings are very crucial and there exist various rendering conditions like interior shots, dusk shots, and daytime shots which need diverse setups.

In V-Ray for Sketchup, the V-Ray interface runs within Sketchup. Different things like the sun, cameras, and materials are associated with each other among the two programs. If the sun angle in Sketchup is modified, the sun angle in V-Ray will also be changed.

Usually, the sun angle should be modified in Sketchup to set the shadows in proper position prior to move to V-Ray. The Sketchup scene that is going to be rendered in V-Ray should be saved by going to “View>Animation>Add Scene”.

It is very useful while overlaying Sketchup image exports on top of the V-Ray renderings or it is required to render the similar view subsequently.

To learn the complete process, watch the following video tutorial.

Video Source: Architecture Inspirations

How to set up light for a daytime interior rendering with Vray 3.4 for sketchup

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nz_Implode – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Implode, the newest sketchup extension developed by Natale Zappia. This extension is well suited with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The extension is suitable for different types of industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking, Other.

The objective of this extension is to explode all the groups and components along with all nested instances inside a selection or the whole drawing.

This Extension comprises of the following two robust tools.

Implode_All: Explodes all the groups/components which are contained in your drawing.

It is mostly suitably for the following :-

• If it is require to clean your drawing or groups/component before exporting them to another application
• While importing outside models which should have been equally cleaned or curtailed to a singular collection or entities.

Implode_Selection: Explodes all the groups/components with your selection parting everything unchanged

It is mostly effective in the following case.

• if you do not want to run Implode_All outwardly inside another drawing in order to defend the rest of your model
• if you require to instantly clean your own groups/componenets of their sub-components
• if your require to clean imported models which already exists inside your workspace.
• As soon as the exploding process is completed, this tool provides you the option of gathering all the loose entities in a new group or releasing them. It signifies that one can both visually reassure yourself that the operation was successful (through outliner) and/or make sure that none of the entities are lost in among the implosion and your consequent command.

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nz_Implode – The newest sketchup extension

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A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

Previously in some areas of Campinas, Brazil, it was hard to find the experienced in software and technology but two Trimble colleagues in Brazil, Isabella Glacomin and Lais Tatagiba took an initiative to change this scenario. They launched a youth eclipse program that brings undeserved students with disclosure to SketchUp and also promoting a brighter future in this disadvantaged part of the country.

About the Youth Outreach Program: Trimble team in Brazil always took initiatives and activities for serving the community and giving it back some helping hands for better work. This year they thought to launch a youth outreach program with SketchUp and began their partnership with CEPROMM. CEPROMM is mainly a non-profitable association which helps and supports children, teenagers and women who live in an underserved area of Campinas known as Itatinga.

Campinas is located about 60 miles away from São Paulo and the area of Itatinga is known in Latin America for its uncontrolled usage of heavy drugs and have high prostitution rates. CEPROMM was founded in 1993 and dedicated to provide important resources to the underprivileged children and teens that are facing harmful situations at home. This association is currently aiding about 270 children, teenagers and their families by educational, personal and professional development programs and also organizes different mental health programs, arts and computer classes, sports and many more to enhance the good living skills in them. Trimble has connected with them for giving them some more different thing to live well in life.

Works around 3D modeling: Trimble with CEPROMM is going to the outreach project with SketchUp from Project Spectrum which will help the youth on the autism development in vocational skills and if this succeeds then a similar program will be held in Brazil also. The work has begun and CEPROMM is giving the students the access to coursework like computer classes that is not common in the traditional schools. The vocational tests given to the students help them to discover and operate possible career paths and it is hoped that it will be helpful for them. With this computer classes Trimble is willing to give the basic SketchUp lessons to make a way of working in 3D modeling or design in future.

The curriculum of the project: The program of giving the students a basic knowledge in SktechUp will help the students to become a basic or beginner user of SketchUp. The program is divided into three, two-hour long courses where they could take lessons step by step. In the first class, the students were given the knowledge of the basic tools and commands in SketchUp, then they learnt to draw simple lines, shapes there, work on changing the scale, moving the objects, also learnt to create groups and editing them properly.

In the second class, they created a 3D model using a 2D project and also learnt the process of creating windows and doors, it was a fun experience for them where they draw their imagination and gave them a beautiful shape. In the last class the learnt to create materials, textures on the walls and floors of their model house and also the method of importing the furniture from 3D Warehouse and customizing the things properly.

Ways of adding exposure to SketchUp: The students found a new world in SketchUp as they were never experienced this kind of technologies before in their school and at first they found some difficulty for them to grasp. Trimble helped them to grow their abilities of achieving something in future.

Creative models of Students: They have used their imagination and hidden wishes and created different models like house, swimming pool or garden etc.

Skills they learn: Though the students were taking SketchUp more excitingly and tried to create the models in a fast way but they soon understand that slowing down the work process will make the models better. Then they leant the things with ease and patience and put them in the models, this patience and eager to grab the knowledge will lead them to their beautiful future knowledge.

The future plans of the program: Both Trimble and CEPROMM ahs started to develop an action plan and decided some future plans for taking this program a new level. So they are willing to continue the lessons of SketchUp with the students and trying to give them the ability of mentoring other students under them so that the learning process can go further.

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CleanUp3 and Solid Inspector2 in SketchUp

Introduced by Thomas Thomassen, both tools are important to erase the errors of your design. While CleanUp tools delete the unnecessary components and reduce the size of your design smartly, Solid Inspector checks the problems existed in your solid models. These tools are also useful to make your SketchUp design 3D print-ready. They easily erase the problems of your design without the intervention of your calculation and measurements. The content describes these tools in a brief way.

CleanUp3: The tool works best in reducing the heavy size of your SketchUp design in a logical way without making any visible change. Unnecessary and hidden elements generally put loads on the size of the model. The feature finds out these objects and cleans up smartly.

To open the tool:

Plugins > CleanUp

The benefits of using this extension:

• Eliminates unused items
• Deletes hidden geometry and duplicate faces
• Remove lonely edges and edge materials
• Merge identical materials

This extension is particularly being used for 3D printing for your SketchUp model. if your design contains an array of models and shapes, this tool deletes the hidden elements brilliantly to make the download of your model easier.

Solid Inspector2: Solid Inspector goes by its name and detects the problem areas of a group or a component that prohibit them being the solid manifold. This extension needs SketchUp 2014 or the newer version to run smoothly.

Application: Click the group or components to find out the holes and click fix button to solve the issues in a hassle-free way.

To Open the Extension:

Toolbar> Solid Inspector2

These tools perform well when it comes to detecting the underlying problems of your 3D design in SketchUp. They create an effortless platform for you where you can delete unnecessary objects to improve the style of your design.

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CleanUp3 and Solid Inspector2 in SketchUp

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Aluvision for SketchUp – The brand new sketchup extension is just launched

Aluvision for SketchUp is the newest extension available in extension warehouse. This sketchup extension can be applied with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is suitable for Architecture, Construction and Engineering sectors..

It can be used for smart snapping and detailed part list functionality with price.

To download readymade Aluvision 3D models from 3D warehouse, click on the following link

To get more information on this sketchup extension, send email to

Watch the following video tutorial for online demonstration.

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Aluvision for SketchUp – The brand new sketchup extension is just launched

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Design building: Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Leers Weinzapfel Associations is mainly a Boston-based award winning method which has specialized in architecture, urban and framework projects. They had worked on a tri-faculty building with an inventive timber structure for the University of Massachusetts. The principal of the associates, Tom Chung had given an interview to SketchUp team and this article is about that interview where reader can find a new method of designing for designers, effectiveness of association helped the project team for making a fascinating and continuous project.

About the project: The team got a project where they had to design a new home for three agencies which were connected with the design of the building environment that was spread across the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. In the campus, the department of Architecture, department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and the department of Building Construction had to bring together so that they could have the same type of teamwork, association and advance in their disciplines. The total building had to be smart and continuous and the boundaries should be pushed of geographical, construction and landscape design in a single budget as the project was state funded.

Problems in the project: The team also concerned about the previous street contexts and captured the basic views around the campus; they had expanded their site between two streets with various characters. Among the twp streets, first one was faced with the larger sized buildings of the campus and the second one had smaller structures located the historic part of the campus.

They tested many locations, forms and design ways in SketchUp and their Landscape Architect, Stephen Stimson Associates suggested that both the street could be conditioned with a coherent courtyard bundled in between. Both the streets had became a common focal point in the project as it had created a common space for the citizens and visitors of the building which was started from the landscape garden on the third floor and ends up on the ground floor to welcome the least of the campus.

They made this ‘commons’ space in an animated way with a dynamic 3D truss which was made with Glulam beams and metal tension rods. It was basically made as a support for the roof garden that had up to 18’ of soil and dense planting.

Reason of selecting timber in this project: Alexander Schreyer, chair of Building and Construction was the main enthusiast for using the timber structure in the project of the client. Alex had knowledge and interest on this matter and gave the team confidence for using timber in the project. They took help form some specialist timber structure engineers, Equilibrium Consulting and as a result they had arrived as the first group timber structure of its size and scale in the United States. In this timber made structure, the structural body was of glulam beams, the columns and the floor deck was the unique combination of Cross-Laminated Timber or CLT and concrete. The complex floor was combined of wood and concrete for creating delegate long spans which were stable, serviceable and wonderful for controlling vibration and auditory.

SketchUp in design process: According to the Leers Weinzapfel Associations, SketchUp is a very useful tool for them and could easily model things for having the skill and energetically works on projects. They had tested various absorptions and conceptions which vary on the location form the Google 3D map and plug in their design for the contextual fit. The walk-through feature also helped them to capture and demonstrate the quality of the main spaces. For changing the design they transferred it into the construction documents created in Revit. They also had focused on specific conditions in SketchUp before centralizing it into the final drawings and this method was become helpful for further long term deign processes.

Project’s point of continuity: A timber structure defined that it is a sustainably harvested renewable material with very low illustrated energy and carbon. The instant nature of the timber structure also decreases on-site labor demanding processes and accelerates the building process. Choosing the timber structures instead of steel and concrete also could leave a big impact on global carbon emissions and can make the world healthier. Besides the specification on the material, they also had a limited budget that prevented them from using costly bolt-on renewable strategies at the end of the work. But it is also true that the building consumed less energy from the beginning and they used a LEED Platinum rating and renewable energy sources due to their cost boundary in the project, so they used campus’ existing chiller system that was very helpful. They also planned spaces for fitting the mechanical heating and cooling services.

Role of collaboration in the project: In this low-budget project, collaboration played an important part which was very much necessary for the success of this project and the collaboration could be seen everywhere. The collaboration between the team and the clients showed by the three different UMass department heads, they also used their imagination in various way into the dimensional planning of the building ensured the chance encounters between the students and faculty in the departments increased. The sustainability consultant, Atelier Ten, MEP engineer, BVH Integrated Services were there with the team from the beginning and by handling massing, orientation and façade design they made an energy efficient building. Though their method was not familiar in the Boston Area of the United States they tried their best to make the project successful and they did it.

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How to Configure SketchUp for Your Design

SketchUp stays at the top place when it comes to the 3D modeling applications. Smartly and easily, SketchUp performs the tasks that need less knowledge and more imagination. But, complex 3D models are always hard to understand, and simplifying which needs your proficient skills. SketchUp also runs slow when it deals with a large model containing complex structures. The content discloses tricks and tips that help you sketch big designs easily in the software application. It has a certain set of rules that the designers must follow while designing. These rules are not mandatory though. They are the answer to how to use SketchUp in the best way.

This SketchUp tutorial includes a series of good habits that play an important role while designing a complex structure.

Configure your template:

Configuring a template is necessary that cuts down the time taken for designing complex things. It is always an advisable option to create your own template that contains all configured things for your use. To save the template, go to the File option and choose Save As. Add relevant information such as name and description of the template and click the Save button.

The saving process will differ as per the version and the operating system you use.

Choose your Unit: Things will go easier if you follow units of measurement for your designs. This allows you to use the models from SketchUp Warehouse without rescaling the object. It is the best option and sounds effective when you are using Warehouse for your model.

Steps to follow:
Window menu> Model Info> Units

Create layers:
The most-used layers must be saved for the future use as it gives you an instant access to the configuration of your need. With this, you can ignore the recreating of the same layer which is definitely time-consuming.

Window > Layers (click on the plus icon to add a new layer)

Delete unnecessary elements from your file:
Erasing unnecessary elements is an unspoken rule of any designing application. For SketchUp, you need to erase the default model and elements from the template before starting your work. you can also delete the default figure from the original template.

To automatically delete the unneeded details, click the Detail icon in layers, components, material and style and choose the purge option.

Keyboard short-cut for the most-used tool:
Knowing keyboard short-cut will help you increase your productivity while cutting down the time taken for your design. Remember the keyboard short-cut of the most-used tool that provides you with an easy access to the feature you are going to use, eliminating the need for clicks.

Other things that need to configure:
Configuring the needed application as per your preference will help you complete the work without repeating the same thing you have done before. This will be a needed step for designing a large and complex model. besides the above-mentioned tools, a few applications are still there that need to be configured.

• Scenes
• Rendering style
• Face and edge
• Font size used for text levels

The content is prepared from a popular book – Google SketchUp Workshop by Laurent Brixius.

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