nz_PolyhedralJunctions – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_PolyhedralJunctions. This newest sketchup extension is well matched with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is specifically designed for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering etc.

NZ_PolyhedronJunctions comprises of nz_Edge2Polygon to generate Polygons and Polyhedral Junctions maintaining perfect reference edge lengths. It also articulates & connects triangles. It allows the user to generate and personalize platonic/polyhedrons and archimedean solids as per your exact dimensions and requirements from the ground up devoid of depending on external imports. Polyhedral Juctions of the platonics are set all through nature and most effective while arranging balanced loads concerning a point.

This tools match well when anyone is going to generate self-similar compositions.

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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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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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nz_Parabola – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Parabola, the newest sketchup extension. It is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This sketchup is useful for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Gaming, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and other sectors.

It is used to draw a parabola set with the base width and overall height.

Each Parabola is distinctively drawn on the basis of particular dimensions.

A Parabola is equivalent to Projectile Motion, from flightpaths to fountain spouts.

On-Screen Definition of Parameters

Height & Width is described on screen.


A Facet-Factor is applied to manage the number of facets which develop the parabola.
A value of <=1 is perfect, also the number of faces varies dynamically to accommodate the size of the parabola.

 To learn the complete process, watch the following video tutorial.
This paid extension is available in extension warehouse
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How to swap low-poly proxy components for highly detailed model through components window

This sketchup video tutorial is a part of sketchup skill builder series. In this sketchu video, one will learn the process to interchange low-poly proxy components for exceedingly detailed model with the use of components window.

If you have models which contain lots of geometries, it will slow down your computer. To resolve the issue, you have to make proxies which are nothing but simple components to represent where the geometry is going to be placed. It can be done with a instant click substituted with more complicated geometry.

While going to create more and more complicated objects SketchUp, you need to save those objects in order to utilize them repeatedly. It is also often required to allocate your objects with other or download other people’s objects from the web. All these can be performed with components. It all takes place in the Components window that is available under Window, Components.

It does not represent all the objects in the scene but only those objects which are transformed into components. There are three tabs in this components window. One is the Select tab that facilitates the users to choose components. The next one is Edit that facilitates the users to edit current components. Besides, there is a Statistics tab that empowers the users to observe statistics about the components.

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SketchUp vs. Revit – Which is the Better Application?

If you have a passion for designing 3D models, you may have some preferences in choosing the 3D modeling software. SketchUp and Revit are both well-known in their concentrated user networks. To know which one is the best among two, you have to understand the underlying features first. Trimble SketchUp and Autodesk Revit stay at quite a good position when it comes maintaining precision in designing. But they have differences that distinguish them from each other. The content presents these features to you.

SketchUp Good for the Beginners:

Designing in SketchUp is much like drawing where you draw simple lines for your model. Generally in 3D, you are required to build a physical model with an ultimate measurement and size. Contrary to this, SketchUp allows users to concentrate on their project rather than on the designing skills. In SketchUp, outlines and features like push and pool tool help you build walls and floors as you desire. Keeping the features simple for you, it comes up with an easy-to-learn approach with which anyone can learn 3D designing without having prior knowledge. SketchUp also offers 3D warehouse – a library where designs are shared and uploaded to help designers across the world.

The best thing of SketchUp is that you can also learn 3D designing for free. SketchUp Make version with features and tools creates a place where you can sketch your imagination without compromising quality and accuracy.

SketchUp is also used in BIM (Building Information Modeling) to prepare the construction document. It needs a systematic approach from you so that the output will be as much accurate as you want. The poor result of SketchUp means that your model lacks in skills and design disciplines.

Revit for Professional Designers:

Revit works differently from SketchUp. It goes with the traditional designing style where you expect to build a physical structure using tools and applications. To design a wall, you need to choose the type of a wall from the preloaded section rather than making outlines in designing space. Editing is also done by following a few steps. You need to change the properties of the wall to get the desired shape and size you want. Though it is a complex process, Revit design offers a more accurate result than SketchUp does. Rendering your image with photo-like quality can be easily accomplished with Revit.

A few drawbacks are must there when it is compared with SketchUp. You have to purchase the application to get the benefits. Learning the application takes time than SketchUp. Still, Revit stays at a strong place as it comes up more advanced tools and techniques leading you to design in the best way.

Revit works smoother than SketchUp as the application cleans up the unnecessary works. The application seems best in coordination and data extraction. Users also express that Revit application runs faster than SketchUp, no matter how easy to learn the SketchUp tool is.

Though both of them are 3D software applications, the working areas are different and so do the features. If designing is your professional need, you must keep Revit over SketchUp.

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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 3D Basecamp Benelux 2017

SketchUp 3D Basecamp Benelux 2017 will be held on Fri, November 24, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM CET at Het Evoluon, Noord Brabantlaan 1A, 5652 LA Eindhoven, Netherlands.

There will be instructional Keynote sessions about several SketchUp Pro workflows as well as supplementary scopes like rendering, Virtual Reality, 3D printing and more at 3D Basecamp for the sketchup enthusiast. Besides, an exclusive SketchUp, LayOut and V-Ray workshop will be conducted to transform your SketchUp Pro skills to the next level.

Given below, the lists of some renowned keynote speakers :-

Matthijs Kraan – Freyr Architecten about SketchUp Pro all the way
Nick Nijmeijer – ITCAD about SketchUp Pro & BIM
Dave Wayne – CADalog inc about SU Podium
Stijn Brilman – Canon Nederland about 3D Printing Architectural Models

Venue of the basecamp :-

08:30 – Reception with coffee / tea / refreshments
08:30 – Registration and Wardrobe
09:00 – Opening session in the Main Hall
09:15 – Keynote sessions in the Main Hall
10:00 – Workshop sessions in the Small Hall
10:45 – Intermission

11:00 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
12:30 – Lunch
13:15 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
15:30 – Intermission
15:45 – Continuation Keynote and Workshop Sessions
16:30 – Closing session with raffle in the Main Hall
17:00 – Drinks
18:00 – End

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Know about Edges and Faces of 3D model in SketchUp

Though SketchUp provides you with the simplest way of designing, it needs a proper knowledge of models to sketch an object correctly. Like other software application, it also follows a few steps you should know about them completely before starting your 3D design in the application. In designing, edges and faces play a very important role that makes your model the same as you want. Though all edges are not visible in a model, they exist in the design like other components. You also have a complete idea about the faces of a design. Otherwise, you will end up messing surfaces. The content discusses the importance of faces and edges for designing a model on SketchUp properly.

What are edges in your design?

Edges are basically lines of your model. SketchUp provides you with different tools to draw them as per your design. Different tools perform different tasks to give the edges the perfect shape, and you have options like erase, move, hide and stretch the lines. Here are a few facts about the edges of 3D models.

  • Edges are straight
    • They do not have thickness – edges are lines and they come up with no thickness.
    • 3D models have many edges but you do not probably see every line of the objects.

What are the faces of your design?

Faces are mainly the surfaces of the model you are designing. There are a few facts that you need to learn to have a complete idea about the faces. Knowing deep about this segment will help you draw a design accurately without making any mistakes.

  • Faces always come up with the edges – faces would not be formed if there were no edges. It is said that you need to have three coplanar edges to design a loop.
    • Faces are flat – faces are flat, but you may think about the curved faces. Generally, curved faces are made of multiple flat faces.
    • Faces do not have thickness

The relationship between Faces and Edges:

Since edges and faces are the core objects of a 3D model, you have to have a comprehensive knowledge about them. The content discusses further the inevitable relationship shared by these two important parts of your design:

  • SketchUp generates faces as soon as you complete the design – there is no face tool available in the SketchUp. It generates automatically with your design. A face is formed by the three coplanar edges.
    • You can erase face, but cannot stop the application from generating faces.
    • A face will be eliminated if you delete the edges that define the face.
    • You can recreate the missing face by retracing the edges – if your design misses a face, retrace it by using line tool that detects the edges and draws the face for the design again.

Edges and faces prove to be the main things for designing 3D objects in SketchUp. Having complete information about these two will assist you in designing models and objects creatively.



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