Christmas story in SketchUp

SketchUp is one of the most used software for 3D modeling and design tools across the world and SketchUp team works with a motto that is “SketchUp for everyone”. From their beginning they are continuously working to provide their users better and smarter experience in work than previous. With SketchUp and they have published so many tools that will be useful for designing and modeling.

As a result of their constant improvement now-a-days it has been using by hundreds of thousands of architects, engineers, contractors, woodworkers, artists and other people from various fields. The team is also working on SketchUp Pro, LayOut, Extension Warehouse and the 3D Warehouse for designing each and every little object from motion centers to treehouses and many more.

Christmas is one its way and celebrated by most of the people in world with cheerfulness that become a huge celebration all over the world. In the outer countries especially the winter countries have lots of plans for this grand day and the festive mood starts from the beginning of December and SketchUp’s offices are not behind from that celebration. TY Schalamon has created some wonderful LED-star lights for decorating Christmas trees and made the print out and designs of the LED star lights with the help of SketchUp.

TY Schalamon is a user of SketchUp and works as a member of the Knowledge Team who provide Technical Support for SketchUp. In his team he has to work on fixing problems of the users and try to improve the support system to provide better help to the users. This article is a brief of the work of Ty for the Christmas.

Ty thought to make some variations in Christmas tree this year and he started to draw his idea in Sketchup that resulted print out of a LED-lit star for the Christmas tree this year and discussed about that. He also uploaded those models of LED-lit star in the 3D Warehouse so that anyone can use them for decorating his/her Christmas tree.

The unique part of the printing is that the models should be printed at 0% filling and they don’t need any kind of support. Ty also made snowflakes in SketchUp and for them he used a SketchUp pattern component method and kept the sides of all the snowflakes same. On the base shape he used a dodecahedron and then raised the edges up to a fixed point for every star point.

Dodecahedron is term used in geometry which is like any polyhedron that has twelve flat faces, also has three meeting at each height and represented by the Schläfli symbol.

After fixing the edges of the stars he used Fredo6’s Joint Push Pull tool for fixing the thickness to a perfect size that should enough thin to not filling while printing but should be enough thick to be strong. After that he added a certain fit sized hole in the bottom of the LEDs and send through STL export into the slicer software to print.

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Christmas story in SketchUp

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About Fred Bartels and his creation

Fred Bartels is an educator, builder, artist, maker and a very old member of the SketchUp community. He became inspired by Seymour Papert and many other education visionaries and hope that the future of SketchUp in the classroom of SketchUp. Bartels has introduced SketchUp to his students Seventeen years ago and from that time he continuously trying to create some variations in the classes of SketchUp from its normal class studies and also Bartels hope that other educators will realize this soon and follow the same.

In this article we will go through the idea of Bartels in encouraging students for a better study with some new techniques. As Fred has been with SketchUp for a long time, he can describe his creations better way through SketchUp.

Fred’s 3D modeling story: Fred Bartels had a great interest in art and architecture and had done some photography courses in high school but could not pursue it in future as a profession. He generally produced art in a summarized way and loved to work with the house designs and often made outlet for his designed ideas. He started to teach in the computer programming classes when the computer and 3D design tools became available in most of the schools and taught about many programs and software. But all were not much good for the students still he found SketchUp at MacWorld 2002 and loved it. From then he has been providing lessons and IT supports to the students of K-12 schools.

Special things about SketchUp: According to Fred, SketchUp is a vast and most useful tool even in schools as it has various option that help the students to stay focused more on the designs and knowledge not using the tool only. Besides this, Fred tried to do much more things than only designing in computer graphics, SKetchUp can be used in math, science, history and language classes for better understanding. Students loved the idea and some of them tried to make some innovative work; such as Andrew Nathanson who had made a unique design work and had been invited to the SketchUp Basecamp 2008. There he got a chance to represent his design and also shared the method of using SketchUp in K-12 environment in schools.

The relationship between technology and education progress: According to Fred, he and other educators have a wish that computers will provides a rich ranged world for the students where they could both play and experiment over things and can get loads of information. It will be done in a way that would give them abbreviate concept and keep them interested and focused.

A great supporter of this idea was MIT’s Seymour Papert; he had thinking that computers can be used in education as in books like Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas and The Children’s Machine: Rethinking School In The Age Of The Computer Reprint Edition. SketchUp is just like that and with the 3D Warehouse students could get an available way for sharing their designs and get feedbacks on them. In schools or educational institutions, computer is generally used as an information presentation tool for providing only some information; though it is not enough as there are more things than normal information. It is good news that there are some new software like Maker Movement, Sketchup etc. that are providing various additional roles in teaching and learning.

Fred’s new models for students: Fred has a keen interest in art and architecture and has examined many building and design ideas, shared them in 3D Warehouse. After quitting his teaching he took a number of courses at Yestermorrow; which is a design or build school in Vermont and became capable to do some more creative works. He got appreciation for his works that he had shared in 3D Warehouse or SketchUcation that motivated him to do more experiments. Later he worked over 3D printing and made some small sculptures designed in SketchUp and programmable using LEDs controlled with Arduino microcontrollers etc.

Besides SketchUp, he also shared his designs in another site named Thingiverse and has some other ideas about making larger designs for future, SketchUp’s role in designs of Fred: After discovering SketchUp, Fred found to work with his ideas and designs in a vast and better platform that also provide him to explore the designs and make creative works on them. SketchUp has now become a part of his work as it is ever growing software that provides new things every time.

Other extensions: He used the extension named Artisan for any kind of work and in addition with that Profile Builder, Solid Inspector 2, Align 2 and Export STL.

Fred is happy with SketchUp and has been using for the past 15 years and expect to explore more sides of his designing skill and also hope that SktechUp will play more active role in education system and will provide a great supportive, powerful and unique microworld to develop and explore 3D design ideas.

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Angular Dimension in SketchUp

SketchUp stores the most needed application to design some serious works. SketchUp users often face difficulties in inserting an angle correctly to the design. Angular dimension helps you measure the right angle. This content brings out the easiest way to put an angle with maintaining accuracy. The easy yet effective tool in SketchUp maps everything related to an angle dimension for you. Steve Baumgartner introduced Angular Dimensions for SketchUp users with adding essential aspects needed for adding the right angle to your design. The content deals with tips to add inner and outer angular dimensions to your design. It also discusses a few questions regarding this tool.

Angular dimension:

It is an extension that you need to install first. As the name said, it defines angles of your model. To activate the extension, choose the option angular dimension from the tools menu.

Angular dimension in 3D design comes up with an array of complexities. Steve tried his best to eliminate existing problems and offered an understandable approach that helps you know inner and outer dimensions.

To draw an angle, you need to choose three points in your design – the first end, the end point and the second end. The angular dimension shoes you the angle of your chosen area with a leader text. For toggling between inner and outer dimensions, use TAB button.

Generally queries related to SketchUp Angular dimension tools:

Many users complain that SketchUp Angular dimension tool is missing. They must understand that it is not a built-in tool and they have to install the plugin to use. For this, please check

This tool comes under the features of marking dimensions in SketchUp. Whenever you need to mark a distance and angle in your model, linear dimension and angular dimension prove to be very useful.

A guide to create an Angular Dimensions:

It follows a few steps to design an angle. Details are mentioned below:

1. When the tool is in active, click a point that makes an angle. On hovering the cursor over the line, you will find On Line or On Point interference. A dash blue line will appear when you click the point.
2. Click the angle’s vertex to create a one-half of the angle. See Callout 1.
3. Click the point that creates the other half of the angle.
4. On moving the cursor to the angle’s vertex, a blue dash line will appear. When the line crosses the first line, a hollow point is created that defines angle’s vertex. Callout 2.

5. Click the angle vertex to create an angular dimension.
6. Move the cursor from the vertex area to the direction of the angle you measure.
7. Click to measure the angular dimension. Callout 3.

The information above helps you know how to measure angular dimension of your SketchUp design. it needs your creative part of your designing.

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SimLab Android / iPad exporter for SketchUp

Simlab Soft has developed SimLab Android / iPad exporter for SketchUp. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is available in different languages like English, French, German, Japanese etc.

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

The plugin allows the users to export SketchUp 3D models, in *.zim file format which can be viewed on iPad/iPhone and Android devises.

With the use of SimLab CAD Viewer for iPad/iPhone/Android, it is possible to read the produced *.zim files.

One can send request for a trial license to utilize this plugin. With the trial license, the user will be able to apply the plugin for 30 times (trial license will be expired automatically after completion of one month).

The cost of the professional license is $99. The professional license facilitates the user to set up the plugin on two machines.

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SimLab Android / iPad exporter for SketchUp

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Curic Sun – The newest sketchup plugin

Curic Sun is the newest sketchup extension that is available in extension warehouse. It is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Other.

The plugin is ideal for architectural projects. It has similarity with ecotect in sketchup.

The plugin is used to generate solar chart.

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Curic Sun – The newest sketchup plugin

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SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

This is an exclusive online sketchup course you will be experienced with SketchUp by gathering good knowledge on the drawing, design, and rendering tools available in 2018 version of this powerful software.

George Maestri, a renowned animation industry professional having broad experience as a writer, director and producer, will conduct the course and provide training on navigating the interface, managing objects, drawing in 2D and 3D space, leveraging organizational tools, and dealing with materials and textures on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Besides, gather knowledge on how to perform with recyclable components along with third-party objects from the 3D Warehouse and employ simple styles and animation to transform your 3D projects more polished and presentable.

Topics covered:

a. avigating the interface for Mac and Windows
b. Configuring toolbars and tray windows
c. Choosing and moving objects
d. Drawing lines and shapes
e. Formation of 3D text
f. Computing and labeling objects
g. Applying organizational tools
h. Dealing with components
i. Generating and using materials
j. Animating and rendering your drawings

For more information on the course, go through the following link

SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

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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_PolyhedralJunctions – The newest sketchup extension

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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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A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

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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
nz_Parabola – The newest sketchup extension
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