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

To book your seat online, click on the following link

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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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SketchUp to Vizard workflow

SketchUp is convincingly the most well-known platform for designing 3D models flawlessly and quickly. Nearly everyone can hone their designing spree at this platform as it comes up with a user-friendly interface, and the features are equally easy and satisfied. The world of designing grows like fire with the interest today’s industry is showing at. Exporting SketchUp models to the Vizard allows you to feel your design as real as the other objects of the world are.

Vizard platform has a huge library of VR commands that help them add your favorite detail to the designs that transform your 3D model into an immersive simulation where you can walk through the ambience you create. Vizard workflow erases the line between the virtual world and the reality, and you get an experience like you are strolling on a real landscape instead of your design.

The tutorials and videos are available on the internet, from which you can earn valuable information of how to render and export your SketchUp model into Vizard workflow. It also includes about the small details that are essential to give your 3D model a real-time feel. The features like lighting, shadows, and texture manipulating ensure that you get the best of SketchUp on Vizard.

The things you need to learn for using SketchUp on Vizard workflow are:

• SU export setting
• Introduction to Inspector
• Performance concerns
• Model Hierarchy
• Checking Model origin and scale
• Lighting and Shadows
• Adding Sky and Changing Background color
• Manipulating model sub-parts
• Swapping textures

These features work great to make your design vibrant and colorful. With the use of commands, you can simply add detailing of your liking. Vizard also gives you the needed flexibility by proving VR command libraries where you can easily manipulate your 3D model.

You can also check a glimpse of SketchUp on Wizard at.

Through this video, you will learn about how to import Google SketchUp design on Vizard and how to use commands to add drama to your model. This tutorial will teach you different types of features of SketchUp and mainly Vizard. The final result is interesting to see that gives you an in-depth knowledge about 3D models.

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SketchUp for Fine Woodwork Designs

The versatility of SketchUp allows users to draw and design anything they want. The application has been used in many practices for its user-friendly interface and flawless performance. In a woodwork project, SketchUp provides designers with a great support to plan and maintain the blue print of the design efficiently. The eminent designers use different tools and extension to prepare a fine woodwork easily and instantly. Two ways people have been using to complete their wood work project – one is making separate SketchUp file for each part and then assembling them into one; another is preparing a complete project on SketchUp using tools and extensions.

There are many videos available for the designers to project their plan properly and prominently. These tutorials are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the project you are working on. You can get a glimpse of these important notes of designing on Starting from a small wooden table to a credenza, you can prepare a drawing as efficiently as experts do. Designing wooden objects on SketchUp is as much interesting as preparing wooden things at shops. The only difference is it involves less toil than the real wooden work.

SketchUp does not require your methodological concept of sizes and parts to complete your project. This is why you no need to have an idea about aprons, rails, stretches and legs while drawing a small table on your SketchUp. ‘Trim and Keep’ plugin seems to be very useful while cutting the mortises that are an essential work for a wood project.

The more you handle projects, the better you become to complete intensified design that inescapably needs an expert touch. Drawing different shapes has become easier with the features offered by the application. It has inbuilt functions that project your interest in designing things in the finest way.

Making models for cabinetry and rectangular object no longer requires an in-depth study to do a job proficiently. You can also enhance your ability to realize a practical drawing and able to decide what your design needs.

Few Facts to know for woodworking:

Finally, designers across the world, who use SketchUp for woodworking, are able to sum up their experience into few key points. These facts are indeed helpful to understand the technology better and to prepare a project more efficiently. The key facts are given below:

  • Learn designs slowly, one at a time: Learning complex, critical skills slow helps you develop the result better. Start with simple things and then approach to the relatively complex designs.
    • Gain knowledge about visual clues for your understanding of 3D axis to follow: As per the experiences shared by other designers, it is a frustrating job to move an object in 3D space with two-dimensional cursor and monitor. Getting visual clues on SketchUp eliminates the problem with offering a visual clue to the designers.
    • Make a ‘Component’ as soon as you complete a drawing of an object: Creating component of an object allows you to treat that object independently in your design. You can also add this component to your cut-list for the reference.
  • Use others’ work to complete the work in a short-span of time:
    The Model warehouse is filled with a huge collection of drawings of other SketchUp users. You can use those models as a reference for your project. It gives you an easy understanding of how your object would be after finishing all necessary steps.

SketchUp has been a proven platform to give a depth of intensity in the 3D designing. SketchUp for woodwork has been gaining momentum gradually in the interested group. The application will definitely showcase your talent as a fine designer.



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Best SketchUp Practices for Exceptional Designs

SketchUp application has become a household name in the 3D designing. Everyone with an imaginative spree loves this application for its simple approach and easy-to-use functions. There are a few practices that SketchUp users must follow to get the best out of many. These practices involve simple things that you need to maintain while designing. Nothing stringent in rules, these practices are based on the designing habit of an expert designer. The content discusses further the practices and rules that tell you how to create flawless designs simply.

  • Make your own template and adjust the program setting: Making your own template and adjusting program settings as per your use help you design in a comfort environment – a home like feeling where everything is in order. So keeps you satisfied as well as relax you while solving a complex puzzle of designing.
  • Save often and early: This is another best practice that ensures you design stays unharmed. You can save the file even before you start designing. This allows SketchUp to activate the autosave functions that save your file and make necessary backups.
  • Group faces after they become a logical object: In SketchUp, separating objects from each other is not possible. If the object face touches another, then they will remain sticky and hard to move them separately. This is why group faces are there that allows you to make a group component after completing the design.
  • Use component for repeating objects: If you need an object that has various uses in your designing, use component program rather than groups. It allows you to work smoothly on SketchUp.
  • Precise Models designing: The SketchUp precision modeling tool ensures that a model is designed accurately and flawlessly. This tool eliminates the ‘crooked geometry’ or gaps in your design. Texturing and other modeling tasks become harder if models are not developed in a proper way. Use this application for a pleasurable workflow without any hurdles.
  • Polygon count should be low: Since SketchUp is a Polygon based modeler, every curve (triangles and rectangles) you design contains a certain amount of polygon shapes. The faster work of the graphic card relies on the low polygon shape. Display card works extensively if you use many polygon shapes in your design. The best way to avoid this problem is that use the modeling circle or arcs with minimum edges. You can also use component for displaying curve objects to reduce the problem.
  • Application of proxy component: If your design needs a high-polygon object like a tree, then you must use component to keep the polygon count low. Make sure that the components you are choosing are at the same location and it must coordinate with the axes.

SketchUp applications brought a big change in the designing. The practices mentioned above tells you the basic rules to use SketchUp to get a proper designing spree.

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Eneroth Swift Layer Visibility Control – The newest sketchup plugin

Eneroth3 has developed Eneroth Swift Layer Visibility Control that is available in extension warehouse. This sketchup plugin is compatible with sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017.

The plugin is suitable for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

The plugin can be utilized to promptly conceal the layer of the nominated entities or display all layer in the active drawing context with a simple mouse click.

The plugin will save your significant time and allows you to model with fewer distractions. With this plugin, you don’t require to search for a particular layer manually and click it with the mouse.

To get rid of disarranging the view with layers, no need to show there exist third function rather re-hides all layers which were just revealed, excluding those related to the nominated entities.

With shortcuts, all these actions are accomplished rapidly. Point the shortcuts to Extensions > Eneroth Swift Visibility Control > < Action Name>. Apply Ctrl+L to conceal layers, Shift+L to display layers and Ctrl+Shift+L to re-hide layers.

To download the plugin from extension warehouse, click on the following link

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How to create 3D walkthrough animation of a building in real time virtual environment with sketchup & Kubity

The concept of virtual Reality is gaining popularity among the architects & real estate developers worldwide. The most challenging part in design-headed industries, is to satisfy clients concerning an idea, that mostly gets presented in 2D plans and 3D impressions.

Virtual Reality can obtain the full gamut where clients acquire a real-time view of scale and scope of a proposal. Any prospective errors can also be detected at an initial phase for rectification. The clients can evidently observe the portions of the design liked or disliked by them.

This sketchup video tutorial briefly demonstrates how a 2D floor plan is transformed into a 3D model with the use of Sketchup. The video also presents a walkthrough animation along with a preview of the building in a real time virtual environment through Kubity app.

Kubity is a powerful app to distribute 3D models in Augmented and Virtual reality. Kubity can easily convert .skp files and after that models are viewed with additional features like AR/VR and cinematic fly-through tour or distributed through a mobile to any person and any location.

Visualize, explore and show your 3D models on desktop, web, and on-the-go with iPhone, iPad and Android gadgets.

Rapidly allocate with anyone over text, social media, or device-to-device by scanning the QR code with your mobile or tablet. The models can be available anywhere devoid of a network connection.

Get your models in 1:1 scale virtual reality with Google Cardboard. Superimpose a model in a real world surrounding with the camera of your phone or tablet.

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Some useful tips to produce organic canopy with sandbox tools in sketchup

This exclusive sketchup tutorial is presented by Justin Geis, the founder of sketchup essential. The tutorial provides detailed guidelines for creating the model of an organic canopy by applying sandbox tools in sketchup.

The sandbox tools are useful for generating terrain models out of contours involving elevations and drape objects (roads, parks, buildings, water bodies, etc.) over the terrain model. The Sandbox tools originates from a Ruby script language extension that dispatches with SketchUp. It contains different types of tools like sandbox from contours, sandbox from scratch, smoove, stamp, drape, add detail, flip edge etc. can be applied for all types of geometry exclusive of topological terrain.

The entire design is created with sketchup make 2017. Besides, to improve the design process, some exclusive sketchup plugin like selection toys and Lines2Tubes are used.

Thomas Thomassen has developed selection toys. This sketchup plugin contains set of commands to control selection.

Click on the following link to download the plugin

 Didier Bur has developed Lines2Tubes. This sketchup plugin can be used to transform lines, arcs, circles, curves into cylinders. It is very useful to deliver wireframe-like model.

Click on the following link to download the plugin

 Watch the online demonstration.

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Learn to make several complicated shapes with sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial demonstrates how to produce various complex shapes with the use of sketchup, the powerful 3d modeling software for designers and architects.

In this tutorial, two intuitive plugin called round corner and curviloft are used to make some of these complex shapes.

RoundCorner performs the rounding of the edges and corners of 3D shapes along a 2D profile, in 3 modes: Round corners, Sharp corners and Bevel. RoundCorner also supports concave corners (always rendered as Round) and non-orthogonal edge faces. Corners can have 2, 3, or more edges.

To download this plugin, click on the following link

Curviloft belongs to a script that is developed to Loft and Skinning useful for creating surfaces from contours. Curviloft comprises of various different tools to facilitate you making more advanced shapes.

  • Loft by Spline attaches individual contours, open or closed, with smooth splines
    • Loft along Path attaches contours, along a specified rail curve.
    • Skinning generate surfaces surrounded with 4 or 3 contiguous contours

To download this plugin, click on the following link

Go through the following video tutorial, to learn the detailed process.

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Yulio just launched a new plugin for sketchup to experience improved virtual reality

Yulio Technologies just launched their newly developed plugin for SketchUp software. The plugin will enhance the ability of existing SketchUp users to virual reality experiences (VREs) that provide more realistic details and can immerse viewing audiences in a superior manner.

The users will be able to produce VREs from SketchUp renders as well as distribute the existing portfolio with clients, on their website and on social media. The plugin is specifically designed for architecture, interior design & real estate.

The plugin will facilitate each designer to obtain the scope to efficiently transform their work from 2D renders in CAD to files that are VR compatible and prepared for viewing via a quicker and better-integral platform. Yulio’s plugin will perform the majority of SketchUp’s design lifting to recover URLs to the user, facilitating the designers to allocate their VR experiences and creations in quickest possible time.

The plugin will allow the designers to keep in touch with their clients through enhanced VR technology.

These plugins function to make the virtual reality experience in A&D better, and provide customers the scope to completely experience designs. While in evolving phase, company plans to obtain speed and provide a perfect sense of realism.

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