The Engineering ToolBox – 1.0.4 for sketchup

The Engineering ToolBox is the newest sketchup plugin available in extension warehouse. It is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018, SketchUp 2019.

The plugin is used to include standard and adjustable parametric components like flange beams, lumbers, piping and more to your Trimble SketchUp model.

The plugin is used to include standard and adjustable parametric components like flange beams, lumbers, piping and more to your Trimble SketchUp model.

How the Engineering ToolBox Extension will be added to your SketchUp.

Open your Sketchup installation

From the Sketchup menu – choose Window > Extension Warehouse – and look for “Engineering ToolBox” – and install!

The extension can be activated/deactivated from the Sketchup menu Window > Extension Manager

Restarting is necessary to activate the extension. Remember that this may vary in older Sketchup versions.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com.

To learn the detail process, go through the following video tutorial.

The Engineering ToolBox – 1.0.4 for sketchup

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SimLab IGES importer for Sketchup (9.0.0)

SimLab IGES importer for Sketchup is another useful sketchup plugin that can be used to import .igs, .iges files into SketchUp, with the purpose of editing them easily.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and SketchUp 8, on Windows and Mac OS.

To utilize this plugin, just request for a trial license. With trial license the user can utilize the plugin for 30 times (trial license automatically gets expired after one month).

With the professional license the user will be able to set up the plugin on two different machines.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com.

SimLab IGES importer for Sketchup

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Some useful tips to copy & multiply geometry with the Move tool in sketchup

The Move tool is also used to copy geometry or produce several copies with simple clicks and keystrokes.

It is suggested to indicate an interval for the copies while copying with the move tool. This feature is suitable for generating 3D models of fences, bridges, and decks, where various posts or beams are uniformly placed.

Given below, the steps required for creating copies with the Move tool :

By using the Select tool, select the geometry to be copied.

Select the Move tool from the toolbar or press M. The cursor will transform to a four-way arrow.

To notify SketchUp that you prefer to replicate the selected entities, press and release the Ctrl (Microsoft Windows) or Option (Mac OS X) key. Next to the four-way arrow cursor, a plus sign will be visible.

Click the selected entities.

Move the cursor to copy your selection. A copy of your selection follows the Move cursor while moving it onscreen. In the figure, the fence panel is copied.

Click on your preferred location to arrange your copy. The copied entities are now selected and the original entities are deselected. As a substitute, move your selection to a proper distance and provide a length value, like 21′ or 30m, and then press Enter (Microsoft Windows) or Return (Mac OS X).

(Optional) Right away after arranging your copy, generate several copies or uniformly spaced copies by typing a value and a multiplier, which become visible in the Measurements box.

To generate several copies, type 7x (or *7) to produce 7 copies.

To divide the distance among the copy & the original, type 5/ (or /5) to generate five copies uniformly placed among the original and the first copy.

Some useful tips to copy & multiply geometry with the Move tool in sketchup

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Some useful tips to open FBX files in Sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, the sketchup users will get some useful tips so that they can open FBX files in sketchup without any trouble.

FBX alias Filmbox is a patended file format (.fbx) that is developed by Kaydara and acquired by Autodesk since 2006. It is mainly applied to offer interoperability among digital content creation applications. FBX is also part of Autodesk Gameware, a series of video game middleware.

It is also possible to open FBX files in blender. Go to File->Import and select the BOS FBX importer. Navigate to the FBX file that should be imported, choose it, and click to start the import. The model and armature will be imported.

Blender belongs to a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset that is specifically designed for modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, composition, motion tracking as well as video editing. Go through the following video tutorial to learn the process.

To learn the open FBX files in Sketchup, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Robson Jacobsen

Some useful tips to open FBX files in Sketchup

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How to do follow me with multiple shapes in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Mr. Aaron shows a useful tip to perform a follow me with numerous shapes. This sketchup video is a part of sketchup skill builder series. You will learn how to obtain numerous shapes to follow a single path with simple mouse click.

Aaron uses sketchup weld extension for this purpose.

Smustard Team has developed weld extension for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015 as well as Mac OS X and windows platform.

The sketchup users can apply this plugin to choose numerous connected edges, curves, and/or arcs (“connected” means containing common endpoints), then utilize the weld tool to combine them into a single “polyline”. The plugin can do a “follow me” of a circle along a straight line, ruptures the circle into several line segments.

To learn the tip with follow me tool, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source SketchUp

How to do follow me with multiple shapes in sketchup

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How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will get some nice tricks which will be very helpful while modeling inside of groups and components.

Groups and components play an important role to make the model clean and valid. But sometime, problem arises when the geometry is invisible at the time of editing when the remaining part of the model gets in your way. By applying these tricks, it is possible to get a clear view while editing components. It becomes easier to edit inside of a group or components.

To start with, go to window tab and from the drop down menu click on modeling info option and then click on components tab. Here, couple sliders are available. Under editing display, there are two sliders namely Fade Similar Components and Fade Rest of Model. Under Component Axes, there is one check box called show component axes. Make necessary changes in the sliders to resolve the issue.

There is another option. Go to view menu and from drop down lists click on component edit and select either hide rest model or hide similar components.

To learn the tips in detail, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Sketchup

How to resolve the issue while modeling in groups & components in sketchup

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How sketchup was used to complete the Philadelphia Flower Show project

In this exclusive sketchup video tutorial, Dawn Brown, the renowned 3d modelling expert, shares his professional experience that he applied while going to complete a complex project called the Philadelphia Flower Show with sketchup.

Mr. Brown shows some useful tips and tricks which were used to complete the project successfully with sketchup for making architectural design, landscape design, exhibit design, set design as well as produce construction documents.

To complete the project sketchup layout and an exclusive sketchup plugin called light up are used.

Light up is best suited for superior product visualisations, architectural designs or immersive 3D experiences.

LightUp refers to the only SketchUp renderer that employs object-based rendering to produce surprisingly perfect and stunning results right away within the SketchUp window.

The professionals can apply this plugin to quickly enlighten their models and present their work in the best possible light.

To learn the complete design process, go through the following sketchup tutorial video presented by Dawn Brown.

Video Source Sketchup

How sketchup was used to complete the Philadelphia Flower Show project

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Some best sketchup animation plugin

Given below the details of sketchup animations plugins and their features :-

SU Animate
1. Camera, Object, Layer, Spiral, Shadow animations
2. There are key frames and path methods to produce animations inside SketchUp
3. Non photo-realistic
4. Compatible with Windows and Mac, SketchUp 8, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Make or Pro
5. EditInPlace and Grid are contained with each license of SU Animate

Animate Sections
1. The animated sections are applied to your group/s automatically
2. Sections will animate ascendant
3. It is possible to section cut in any direction

Eneroth Camera Memory
1. Saves the camera position with some simple clicks of the mouse
2. Functions among models
3. Best suited for version comparison for example

Example Ruby Scripts
1. An idea of ruby scripts that illustrate what can be performed with the Ruby API
2. Provides guidelines to ambitious Ruby script authors.

Simple and Intuitive 3D Rendering
1. Robust 3D rendering plugin for SketchUp
2. Convert your SketchUp model into a photorealistic render or animation
3. Interior designer or 3D rendering expert

Animatex
1. It facilitates the users to animate several textured faces
2. Animatex layers which contain their own x,y,z parameters to fix speed
3. Choose faces with textures

Soap Skin and Bubble
1. It facilitates the users to use a skin over edges to generate complicated curved surfaces
2. Create nominal surfaces from edges

AMS Window Settings
1. It facilitates the users to switch SU full screen, show/hide menu bar, toolbar containers, status bar, scenes bar
2. This tool is suitable for those with small monitors
3. Obtain the maximum out of their rendering

CLF Camera Recorder
1. Records the navigating of a model and transforms each frame into a scene
2. Exports it out as a series of images to be converted into a movie with quicktime
3. Compatible with jpg and png file types

V-Ray Tools²
1. Safe Frame and 2D Export
2. Work out the distance from the camera to any point the model
3. Tries to reproduce the existing scene into a new one
4. Load V-Ray for SketchUp on demand
5. Apply Selected Material as User Override

Article Source: bestplugins.com

Some best sketchup animation plugin

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2018 Skalp for SketchUp

Skalp team has launched 2018 Skalp for SketchUp. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with only sketchup 2018.

Skalp is an impulsive and robust Live Section Tool that can be used to generate stunning plans and elevations within SketchUp.

Skalp will enhance the capacity of the users for making excellent drawings.

Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin :-

Skalp Sections
Automatic hatch patterned cross sections.
Get updates in real time, all model changes are monitored promptly.
Apply styles to remap the look in individual scene.
Entirely supports nested groups and components.
Provide support to different types of drawing scales in a single model.

Skalp Styles
The equivalent section is demonstrated in several ways.
Each Scene can get its own cross section style.
Intuitional and robust mapping queries.
Allocated with layer, material, hatching or tagging.
Patterns are adjusted according to the drawing scale.

Skalp Pattern Designer
Produce nice tileable Pattern textures for your Skalp Sections.
Texturize any model in a new inventive way.
Import a zillion standard CAD patterns.
Create your own from the ground up.
Supports scales, transparency, colors & line widths.

Skalp Export
Ability to export to SketchUp Pro’s LayOut. Constant updates of Skalp sections in all scenes.
Export to DXF comprises real CAD hatch patterns.
Batch export of scenes to DXF.
14-day FREE TRIAL license

A 14-day FREE TRIAL license can be activated once Skalp is installed.

For more information, visit skalp4sketchup.com

2018 Skalp for SketchUp

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Quick tips to use extrude tools sketchup plugin

This sketchup video demonstrates the functionality of an exclusive sketchup plugin called extrude tools. Get some useful tips on how to use this plugin efficiently.

This plugin combines diversified toolset which can be used for Extruding Edges into meshes etc.

The plugin is now compatible with sketchup 2018.

The most vital point about Extrude Tools is that it facilitates the users to extrude lines, in spite of faces.

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

Go through the following sketchup video tutorial to learn the tips to improve your modeling skills with extrude tools.

Quick tips to use extrude tools sketchup plugin

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